Author: Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist who has covered national security policy since 2005 and was the recipient of Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2012.  His most recent book is The CIA Insider’s Guide to the Iran Crisis co-authored with John Kiriakou, just published in February.

How the Pentagon failed to sell Afghan government’s bunk ‘Bountygate’ story to US intelligence agencies 

Another New York Times Russiagate bombshell turns out to be a dud, as dodgy stories spun out by Afghan intelligence and exploited by the Pentagon ultimately failed to convince US intelligence agencies.

By Gareth Porter

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Israel leverages dubious ‘Nuclear Archives’ to re-enlist IAEA in campaign against Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel, provoking a needless conflict with Iran.

Gareth Porter

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FBI launches open attack on ‘foreign’ alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy

Under FBI orders, Facebook and Google removed American Herald Tribune, an alternative site that publishes US and European writers critical of US foreign policy. The bureau’s justification for the removal was dubious, and it sets a troubling precedent for other critical outlets.

By Gareth Porter

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Washington’s tall tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda alliance based on questionably sourced book ‘The Exile’

A disinformation campaign aimed to justify the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by painting him and Iran as willing enablers of al-Qaeda. The propaganda operation relied heavily on a shoddily sourced book, “The Exile.”

By Gareth Porter

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With apparently fabricated nuclear documents, Netanyahu pushed the US towards war with Iran

An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli fabrication designed to trigger US military conflict with Iran.

By Gareth Porter

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As Washington privatized pandemic preparation, the national security state left Americans defenseless against coronavirus

Responsibility for pandemic preparation was privatized under the Obama and Trump administrations. It’s time to face down the national security state that wasted trillions on imperial wars and abandoned Americans to fight coronavirus alone.

By Gareth Porter

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Pompeo and Netanyahu paved a path to war with Iran, and they’re pushing Trump again

Though it narrowly averted war with Iran this January, the Trump administration is still pushing for all-out military conflict. The architects of the drive to war, Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu, have relied on a series of cynical provocations to force Trump’s hand.

Gareth Porter

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How a Syrian White Helmets leader played Western media

Reporters who rely on the White Helmets’ leader in Aleppo ignore his record of deception and risk manipulation.

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