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By Yasha Levine
Buy Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet

In Surveillance Valley, Yasha Levine traces the history of the internet back to its beginnings as a Vietnam-era tool for spying on guerrilla fighters and antiwar protesters–a military computer networking project that ultimately envisioned the creation of a global system…

Mar 5, 2018 | Comments (1)

By Mark Ames
Kathy Lally Was Caught Trying To Censor Journalism In Russia And Now Deceitfully Claims She's A Victim

I finally read Kathy Lally’s rambling screed. How do you respond to something so blatantly dishonest? A number of media contacts have told me that Lally shopped this hit piece around to multiple publications, but it was rejected for this…

Dec 18, 2017 | Comments (9)

By Mark Ames
About Those Exile Smears...

I got an email earlier today from a journalist asking me if I saw allegations swirling around social media calling me a “serial rapist” and “child rapist” and worse. Since this smear campaign has jumped like a wind-whipped fire from troll networks to…

Oct 27, 2017 | Comments (13)

By Mark Ames
Russia Blog #7: When Mother Jones Was Investigated For Spreading "Kremlin Disinformation"

It wasn’t too long ago that the Reagan Right attacked Mother Jones for spreading “Kremlin disinformation” and subverting America…

Jun 2, 2017 | Comments (13)

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By Mark Ames
Russia Blog #6: The FBI Has No Legal Charter But Lots of Kompromat

In the late 1970s, at the tail end of our brief Glasnost, there was a lot of talk in Washington about finally creating a legal charter for the FBI—70 years after its founding. A lot of serious ink was spilled trying to transform the FBI from an extralegal secret police agency to something legal and defined.

May 15, 2017 | Comments (14)

By Mark Ames
Russia Blog #5: Afghanistan Syndrome

The story out of Afghanistan has been getting worse and worse since at least 2007 if not earlier, and nothing we’ve done—Obama’s Surge, or Obama’s non-withdrawal withdrawal; Britain’s alleged withdrawal in 2014, or Britain’s not-really-withdrawal a year later—seems to work…

May 7, 2017 | Comments (10)

By Mark Ames
Russia Blog #4: The Balkans For Dummies

The point is that these simplified, superimposed framings serve a political lobbying purpose—as well as dumbing down the story to make it easy for dumb-dumbs to read. Sleazy and stupid—that’s how DC likes ’em.

May 5, 2017 | Comments (6)