The series follows members of the FBI's international "Fly Team", elite Special Agents headquartered in Budapest who locate and neutralize threats against American interests around the world principally in Europe. The team is led by FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott Forrester, a tough and grizzled FBI agent. Under his supervision are FBI Special Agents Jamie Kellett, a career FBI agent and second in command; Andre Raines, a young but highly intelligent agent with expertise in accounting; and Cameron Vo, an interrogation expert who is the newest team member, having formerly been a field agent in the Seattle FBI field office. Assisting the team is Katrin Jaeger, a veteran Europol Agent from Germany who helps the team navigate political and linguistic barriers. At the end of season 1, Jaeger is promoted to oversight of all Europol operations, and Megan "Smitty" Garretson, an old acquaintance of Forrester, is assigned in her place.
In addition to facing a wide array criminal and terroristic threats, the Fly Team must also contend with the practical and legal challenges of operating in foreign jurisdictions, ranging from uneasy partnerships with foreign law enforcement to restrictions on using firearms. The show's international flavor is meant to juxtapose it with the vast majority of American police procedural shows, which take place almost exclusively in the United States.
De elite-agenten van het internationale Fly Team van het FBI hebben hun hoofdkantoor in Boedapest. Ze reizen de wereld rond met de missie om bedreigingen tegen Amerikaanse burgers op te sporen en te neutraliseren en hun leven op het spel te zetten om de VS en haar mensen te beschermen.
In addition to playing the career-defining Other who is trapped on the mysterious island with the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, Mitchell has also starred in "Gia," the "Santa Clause" franchise, the "V" reboot, and "Once Upon a Time." Her most recent endeavor is as a guest star on "FBI: International," where she appears as Angela Cassidy, the estranged mother of Scott Forrester, FBI special agent and head of the Fly Team, played by Luke Kleintank ("Bones," Pretty Little Liars"). As the second spin-off from Dick Wolf's "FBI" drama, the international arm of the series airs Tuesdays on CBS.
FBI: International is your first lead role in a U.S. series, but you're very familiar with the crime drama genre. You've appeared in some hugely successful international series, including Silent Witness and Death in Paradise. Has any of that experience helped you bring Kellett to life?
"We're protecting the rule of law," Leslie Backschies, the chief of the FBI's international corruption unit, said in an interview Monday. "If there's no rule of law, you'll have certain societies where they feel like their governments are so corrupt, they'll go to other elements that are considered fundamental, that they see as clean or something against the corrupt regime, and that becomes a threat to national security."
More broadly, special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has shone a spotlight on international corruption. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being sentenced Thursday in federal court in Virginia on charges that he evaded taxes on millions of dollars in income received through political consulting on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party, and that he concealed his money in undisclosed foreign bank accounts.
Prosecutors have scored 34 convictions in cases brought by the international corruption unit from 2016 until 2018. The cases are often longer-running and more financially complex than other crimes the FBI investigates.
Agents also have to be conscious of any potential political ramifications because international corruption cases can have widespread effects that influence elections and economies, Backschies said. In addition to regular conversations about cases, FBI supervisors meet with lawyers at the Justice Department in Washington each quarter to review potential prosecutions and the possible consequences.
Dirk Kunze, right, Head of Department 42 at the North Rhine-Westphalia State Criminal Police Office, and Markus Hartmann, Head of the North Rhine-Westphalia Cybercrime Central and Contact Point, answer questions during a press conference in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, March 6, 2023. German police said Monday that they have worked with law enforcement partners, including Europol, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and authorities in Ukraine, to dismantle an international cybercrime gang that has been extorting large companies and institutions for years. 041b061a72