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By Nick Schou

The American humans rely on a unfastened press to maintain an in depth and neutral watch at the nationwide safety operations which are conducted in our identify. yet in lots of instances, this belief is unfortunately lost, as top reporters are seduced and manipulated by way of the secretive corporations they cover.

While the clicking continues to be silent approximately its corrupting dating with the intelligence community—a dating that dates again to the chilly War—Spooking the News will blow the lid off this unseemly association. Schou will identify names and shine a focus on flagrant examples of collusion, while revered newshounds have crossed the road and offered out to robust organisations. The e-book also will record how the CIA has embedded itself in “liberal” Hollywood to make sure that its fictional spies get the hero therapy on screen.

Among the revelations in Spooking the News:
• The CIA created a distinct public affairs unit to persuade the construction of Hollywood movies and television indicates, permitting celebrities thinking about pro-CIA projects—including Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck—unique entry contained in the agency's headquarters.
• The CIA vets articles on arguable subject matters just like the drone assassination application and delivers pleasant newshounds historical past briefings on categorized fabric, whereas concurrently prosecuting ex-officers who spill the beans on harmful information.

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CIA veteran Frank Snepp, who spent five years in Vietnam briefing reporters and interrogating high-level Phoenix Program prisoners, was one of the last agency employees to leave the country in April 1975, just as the Family Jewels scandal was coming to light. Few people were as deeply involved in the CIA’s manipulation of the media during the war as Snepp. “This is how disinformation worked,” Snepp recently explained. “Say we’re in a dry-season infiltration period, which would be the fall of any year.

Hezbollah had militant factions that would see the CIA as bragging and agitate for a response. A year later, however, with Hezbollah firmly part of Lebanon’s government, and with the rise of ISIS resulting in a de facto alliance between [Hezbollah] and the CIA in Syria, I thought the situation had changed and we could publish. ” * * * Adam Goldman of the Post has a history of breaking news much more quickly than not only his rival reporters but also the CIA itself might prefer. Most recently, in January 2016, Goldman and fellow Post reporter Greg Miller broke a story about an internal CIA practice known as an “eyewash,” by which the agency circulates two separate and contradictory memorandums regarding sensitive operations, with the accurate memo being kept in a much tighter circle, thus effectively deceiving the agency’s own employees—and demonstrating the lengths to which the CIA will go with its disinformation campaigns.

Ironically, the CIA had apparently created the pamphlet in an attempt to make the contras less indiscriminate in their use of terror, which the agency felt was counterproductive. Specifically, Chamorro claims, he quit after being overruled by other members of the FDN directorate when he tried to delete any mention of assassination in the CIA memo. Chamorro also lamented what should have been his greatest moment as a propagandist: creating a real-life hero along the lines of Che Guevara whom the agency could hold up as a model contra soldier, thus attracting more US financial aid.

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