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In-Depth Interview: Journalist and Historian Gareth Porter Warns Progressives on Russia Accusations

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Gareth Porter returns to the podcast to talk about the wave of unproven claims that Russia manipulated the 2016 election, stoked by Obama’s intel leaders.You can read Porter’s article, “How ‘New Cold Warriors’ Cornered Trump” here.

We begin with Porter’s warning to progressives and Democrats to be skeptical of the stacked innuendo from anonymous intelligence leakers that seem to reflect an effort to prevent Trump from easing tensions with Russia.

We discuss the uneven reporting which treats unproven claims as facts, based in part on the comical reports from intelligence agencies like the Jan. 6 report that leveled stale and false charges against the RT network while exaggerating its influence on US audiences.

We touch on the false statements that Jeff Sessions made about his contacts with Russia in his confirmation hearing, and the news that the Obama team in its final days was distributing intelligence reports about Trump/Russia for unclear reasons.

Near the end, we talk about the war in Yemen, which Porter has been reporting on recently.  He sounds the alarm about growing starvation of the civilian population, and we talk about the prospect that Trump will use Yemen to provoke conflict with Iran.