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Glenn Greenwald Warns That Press Freedom Is at Risk as the U.S. Seeks to Arrest Julian Assange

With the Trump administration preparing charges against the WikiLeaks founder (pictured) and refusing to rule out prosecuting mainstream media outlets, the prizewinning journalist examines the potential impact.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Is WikiLeaks an Ethical News Source or a ‘Hostile Intelligence Service’?

By Eric Ortiz

CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks on Thursday after Julian Assange defended his organization in a Washington Post op-ed earlier in the week.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The U.S. May Be Pushing Australia Into War With China

No one wants to bomb or occupy the U.S. ally. But that could change if America’s military-industrial establishment continues to assert its global dominance with force.

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Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation

Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE



We Need to Stop Treating Michael Hayden as an Arbiter of Truth

Making the former NSA chief and CIA director the go-to expert on Trump’s relationship with intelligence agencies is misguided; Harvard students are developing an anti-Trump “Resistance School”; why octopuses are “aliens living on earth.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE


The Russians Aren’t Coming—the Deep State Is (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

On KPFA’s “Sunday Show” this week, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer explains why he isn’t buying the foreign interference talk surrounding Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate

In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008

The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE


The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of “Finks,” about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth

The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE



Justice Department Turns to a Rarely Used Rule in Trying to Prevent CIA Testimony in Torture Lawsuit

The Trump administration invokes “the state secret privilege” to keep intelligence officials from revealing interrogation techniques.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE



The Debate Over WikiLeaks and Privacy Rights

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offers to use the latest leaks to help companies improve their cybersecurity, but critics argue that privacy is dead.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE



Here’s What Happened While We Were Distracted by Donald Trump’s Tweets

Federal agencies saw big changes, while the latest WikiLeaks dump revealed our “undermining of democracy is home-grown,” according to journalist Norman Solomon. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques

The whistleblowing organization says that the “Vault 7” leak details how the CIA uses sophisticated technology to hack into smartphones and computers.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE



The Deep State’s Hatred of Trump Is Not the Same as Yours

Do committed progressives really want to lie down in the same warmongering and pro-surveillance bed as the CIA and the Pentagon?

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE


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In Trump Times, the Enemies of Our Enemies Are Not Necessarily Our Friends

How can we recognize who our allies are in the mixed-up world of the new president?

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Trump’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Campaign and the Early Resistance

The anti-Trump movement needs to do more than elevate the political power of corporate-captive Blue America over corporate-captive Red America.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE



Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise

Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



A Living Nightmare of Intelligence Groupthink

If you’re thinking of diving into the “intelligence community’s” latest quadrennial report on the future, I’ve done you an enormous favor and read it for you.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE



The Most Alarming Thing Donald Trump Says at CIA Event Regards Iraq

The president’s team is talking about military action for oil—and against Islamic State—in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE



Another Demand for Proof That Alleged Russian Hacking Aided Trump Campaign

More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans call on President Obama to release the evidence or admit that validation is lacking.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: What the Intelligence Report About Russian Influence Really Reveals

On this week’s episode, journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton join Hedges for a wide-ranging discussion about troubling shifts they’ve noticed away from fact-based reporting and governance.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton

The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

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Exposing the Man Behind the Curtain

Americans have a right to know the full truth about claims of Russian hacking.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government’s Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia

The declassified document is intended primarily to be a weapon for use in internal politics. If the establishment can discredit Trump, it can get rid of him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



How George W. Bush Dissed the U.S. Intelligence Community

Although the former commander in chief and his vice president had a rule that they did not trash talk people in public, they displayed the utmost disrespect for intelligence professionals who would not tell them (and the public) what they wanted to hear.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE



Nuclear Experts Warn Trump: Do Not Torpedo Iran Accord

Dozens of top scientists say the agreement has led to greater nonproliferation in the region.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE



Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats

The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Rise of Bernie Sanders and His ‘Revolution’ Sparks Déjà Vu in the ‘Third World’

Michael Manley of Jamaica and others pushed decades ago for progressive change to end the systems of subjugation in their countries. But that will remain tough to achieve until it is accomplished in the U.S.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Spy Agencies Leak Intel to News Outlets but Won’t Brief Electors?

A new poll shows majority public support for delaying Monday’s Electoral College vote.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’

On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE


Whistleblower John Kiriakou Critiques the CIA’s Behavior Following the 2016 Election

On this week’s “Informed Rant,” Joshua Scheer speaks with the CIA veteran about the U.S. intelligence establishment and its claims that hackers interfered with the election at the behest of the Russian government.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Demonization of Putin as ‘Personally’ Behind Clinton Hack Is an Old Propaganda Technique

The allegations that the Russian president directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE


Russia Expert Stephen Cohen: New York Times Stokes a New McCarthyism Against Critics of U.S. Policy

“We have a new accepted practice of labeling anyone who dissents from American policy toward Russia as a Kremlin apologist,” Cohen says. “And I know very serious people who have become afraid to speak out now.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Hamilton Electors Have a Message for Donald Trump: ‘You’re Fired’

The hope of many Trump opponents is that at least 37 Republican electors, slated to vote for Trump, will vote for someone else. This would leave him with 269 electoral votes or fewer—not enough to be declared president.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE



Hypocrisy Behind the Frenzy Over Russia’s Role in the U.S. Election

What’s perhaps most telling about the information that the CIA has accused Russia of sharing with the American people is that it was all “real news” about newsworthy topics.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE



The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

The CIA’s claims about Russian involvement in Clinton’s leaked emails are unsubstantiated. Yet the mainstream media continues the narrative, signaling a total abnegation of all journalistic standards.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE



No, America, It Wasn’t Russia: You Did This to Yourself

I don’t doubt that the Russian Federation employs hackers and PR people to influence public opinion and even election outcomes in other countries. But I am skeptical that anything the Russians did caused Donald Trump to become president.

Posted on Dec 10, 2016 READ MORE



Hints of Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying Rise From Blacklist Case

A writer with considerable expertise about Russian and Ukrainian politics connects the dots after scrutinizing the shadowy PropOrNot and a controversial Washington Post article.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE



Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State

At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE



The Remarkable Legacy of Fidel Castro

“History will absolve me,” the leader of the Cuban Revolution famously predicted. It’s a hard point to argue in light of what he achieved for his country despite incessant interference by the United States.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot

The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles

Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



Was 11/8 a New 9/11?

Forget Vladimir Putin and his rickety petro-state. The most dangerous nation on the planet now may be ours: belligerent, irrational, heavily armed and in possession of staggering powers to intervene, interfere, and repress.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



For the 1st Time, a Lawsuit Could Assign Individual Accountability in CIA Post-9/11 Torture Program

Legal action by two men who were tortured and the representative of a third who died in CIA custody may hold accountable two psychologists the agency contracted to design the program.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE


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