Photograph by National Geographic Channels / David Smoler
Steve Salmieri was one of the FBI’s original undercover agents. Salmieri worked with the bureau for 29 years as an agent, supervisor, and Chief of Undercover Operations, managing the FBI undercover operations nationally and internationally. His undercover operations included infiltration of biker gangs, narcotics traffickers, terrorist groups, and La Cosa Nostra. Salmieri founded the Agent Selection and Training Program and established a number of training programs for a variety of government agencies. Today, Salmieri lectures on the use of undercover techniques and is a consultant to the FBI.