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A news show hosted by Aaron Maté. Presented by The Grayzone.

    Russiagate target Kilimnik speaks out on 'spy' claims, Trump-Russia conspiracy theories

    Russiagate target Kilimnik speaks out on 'spy' claims, Trump-Russia conspiracy theories

    In the last year, US government, intelligence, and Congressional bodies have accused former Paul Manafort aide Konstantin Kilimnik of being a "Russian intelligence officer" or "Russian influence agent" who passed secret Trump campaign polling data to Russia in 2016. The FBI has even issued a $250,000 reward for Kilimnik's arrest on a lowly witness tampering charge -- more than double the amount for six murderers on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.

    In exclusive audio excerpts, Konstantin Kilimnik talks to Aaron Maté about the explosive -- and evidence-free -- US government claims about him. Despite his supposed central role in the Trump-Russia saga, Kilimnik says that no US government investigator has ever contacted him. He believes it's his Russian passport, not any actual evidence, that put him in the US intelligence crosshairs.

    To make the Russiagate narrative work, Kilimnik says, "they needed a f-----g Russian. I happen to be that f------g Russian."

    Guest: Konstantin Kilimnik. Ukrainian-Russian political consultant and former aide to Paul Manafort. Wanted by the FBI on a $250,000 bounty for a witness tampering indictment in the Mueller investigation. Neither the FBI or Mueller probe ever contacted him.

    Read more: https://mate.substack.com/p/accused-russian-spy-kilimnik-refutes

    • 48 min
    Chevron colludes with US judge to persecute attorney Steven Donziger

    Chevron colludes with US judge to persecute attorney Steven Donziger

    Rather than pay up for a multi-billion dollar environmental damage ruling in Ecuador, the oil giant Chevron is persecuting one of the attorneys who defeated it in court. Steven Donziger has been subjected to nearly two years of house arrest in a Kafkaesque prosecution engineered by one of the world's top oil giants.

    Guest: Steven Donziger, human rights attorney now facing persecution after helping to win a landmark legal judgment against Chevron in Ecuador.

    • 22 min
    Finkelstein: Gaza assault a disaster for Israel, while Palestine solidarity is revived

    Finkelstein: Gaza assault a disaster for Israel, while Palestine solidarity is revived

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    Author and scholar Norman Finkelstein discusses the global outrage at Israel's murderous assault on Gaza and how Palestinian resistance and solidarity, after a dormant period, has been revived. (This interview was recorded before the Hamas-Israel ceasefire took effect.)

    Guest: Norman Finkelstein. Author and scholar whose books include "Gaza: an Inquest into its Martyrdom."

    • 44 min
    Hamas official on Israel's US-backed rampage in Gaza and Palestinian resistance

    Hamas official on Israel's US-backed rampage in Gaza and Palestinian resistance

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    Speaking from Gaza City, Hamas official and former Gaza Health Minister Basem Naim discusses the civilian toll of Israel's assault on Gaza and its damage to the besieged territory's medical system. Naim also addresses the Biden administration's support for Israel's assault; the world's indifference to non-violent Palestinian resistance; and Hamas' proposed terms for a ceasefire.

    Guest: Dr. Basem Naim. Hamas official who heads of the Council on International Relations in Gaza, and former head of Gaza's Health Ministry.

    • 32 min
    Glenn Greenwald on never-ending Russiagate, Brazil, and left media embracing neocons

    Glenn Greenwald on never-ending Russiagate, Brazil, and left media embracing neocons

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    Full interview with Glenn Greenwald on the collapse of the "Russian bounties" story and the revival of the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory; his new book "Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro's Brazil"; and the decline of left media in the Russiagate era, where bastions of dissent have gone from challenging the national security state to promoting it.

    Guest: Glenn Greenwald. Journalist whose latest book is "Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro’s Brazil." He writes at https://greenwald.substack.com/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    BlueAnon: Glenn Greenwald on why Russiagate disinformation never ends

    BlueAnon: Glenn Greenwald on why Russiagate disinformation never ends

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    On the same day that the claim of "Russian bounties" in Afghanistan collapsed, another US intelligence-sourced, evidence-free claim was treated as vindication for conspiracy theories about Trump-Russia collusion.

    Glenn Greenwald and Aaron Maté discuss the predictable demise of the "Russian bounties"; the Biden administration's new evidence-free assertion that Paul Manafort associate Konstantin Kilimnik passed Trump campaign polling data to Russia; and why major US media outlets continue to parrot Russiagate disinformation no matter how many times the "bombshells" turn into duds.

    Guest: Glenn Greenwald. Journalist whose latest book is "Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro’s Brazil." He writes at https://greenwald.substack.com/

    • 35 min

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