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Taibbi/Halper podcast – Whistleblower John Kiriakou [Rolling Stone]

November 4, 2019

If you have an hour and a half to fill with some audio, the Nov 1st episode of the Matt Taibbi + Katie Halper podcast [Rolling Stone] is a good one. I like this one better in audio format.

Kiriakou, the interview guest, is the one and only person punished in the US for the Bush era CIA torture program. He did 2 years in prison for revealing it (was threatened with 45 years as originally charged…). He talks about his own experiences, which I think are actually the more important part, but of course also about the current whistleblower in the House Intel Committee’s investigation into Trump’s phone call with Ukraine PM Zelensky .

Additional nuggets include:  A brief discussion of Max Blumenthal’s arrest, the story of John Brennan’s rise in the CIA, the technical meaning of the term “asset” (as in Clinton vs Gabbard), and remarks on the so-called deep state (think “federal bureaucracy” with a members-for-life mentality).

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