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Did the CIA blow up the Nordstream 1 pipeline, using BALTOPS 22 as cover?

There is a good OSINT (open-source intelligence) based assessment of Hersh's claims by Oliver Alexander, which you can read in full at Blowing Holes in Seymour Hersh's Pipe Dream. The executive ...
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Does the owner of the Washington Post have a deal with the CIA worth 600 million dollars?

This claim has two parts: an explicit claim (that the CIA has a deal with Jeff Bezos), and an implicit one (that this creates a conflict of interest). The explict claim is FALSE The CIA has no deal ...
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Does the owner of the Washington Post have a deal with the CIA worth 600 million dollars?

So is the owner of The Washington Post benefiting from CIA funds to the tune of 600 million dollars? Technically yes, but the video strongly implies an improper conflict of interest, a claim with ...
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Did the CIA blow up a Siberian pipeline in 1982?

It seems unlikely. While this claim was widely copied, it derived from a single source in the espionage community: Thomas C. Reed in At the Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War. There was no ...
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Does the owner of the Washington Post have a deal with the CIA worth 600 million dollars?

So is the owner of The Washington Post benefiting from CIA funds to the tune of 600 million dollars? Yes. The current owner of The Washington Post is Jeff Bezos, who also founded Amazon. News from ...
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Did the CIA blow up the Nordstream 1 pipeline, using BALTOPS 22 as cover?

Not according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, whose spokesman accused "British Navy personnel" of having done it, back in October. Hersh in contrast is very specific that US Navy "...
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Did CIA fund abstract artists to take attention from Social Realism?

According to an article by The Independent, there are two sources for the funding of abstract expressionist art by the CIA: Donald Jameson - a CIA officer - and Tom Braden - former chief of the ...
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Did the CIA conclude that Uri Geller had psychic powers?

A de-classified report made available by the CIA does show testing by elements of the U.S. government into paranormal perception and testing of Uri Geller. However, these experiments were not ...
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Did the CIA hire mobsters to stage riots in Iran during 1953 coup d'etat?

That is very complicated to answer. It depends on definitions of exactly how and when everybody implicated was involved. While focusing on a specific date, like 19th August alone, might make the ...
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Did CIA fund abstract artists to take attention from Social Realism?

No, the CIA did not secretly fund abstract artists to draw attention away from Social Realism. In fact, the CIA secretly funded abstract artists to contrast the difference between American and western ...
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Did the CIA sell drugs in the US?

Probably Not There is no evidence to suggest that the CIA actually sold drugs in the US. There is plenty of evidence that they worked with groups that trafficked drugs like the Contras and Vietnamese ...
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Did the CIA feed false information to McCarthy to discredit his true claims that they were infiltrated by Soviet agents?

That appears to be true. Per historian Mark Stout, who served in the Directorate of Intelligence in CIA, and hosted on cia.gov: Grombach knew his situation was untenable, and he did not enjoy working ...
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Did a former CIA accountant testify that Lee Harvey Oswald was a CIA employee?

The testimony is available from archives.gov, apparently released in October 2017; it matches the testimony given in the claim. In it, James Wilcott testifies that, while working at the CIA, he heard ...
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Did the CIA have a plan to airdrop condoms over Russian soil as a way of psychological warfare?

Adding this as a notable claim. I can't tell if it is true or not. The story is usually told about Winston Churchill, during or shortly after WWII. While it is sometimes told as a psychological stunt ...
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Did CIA interrogator Charlie Wise die?

There is a grave for Charles Dean Wise (1950-2003) in Fairfax Memorial Park which marks the deceased as a veteran of Afghanistan, 2001-2. The link includes the content of an obituary submitted to the ...
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Did former US Ambassador, Chas Freeman, say “The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang.”?

I don't know if this completely answers the question, but in Part 3 of the podcast the person being interviewed says at 26:25 ...the CIA programs in Tibet, which were quite effective in destabilizing ...
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Did the US Government try to use EMF rays to remotely affect the mental functions of their targets between 1978-1986?

The statement that "a 2-inch beam [of microwaves] can be sent from a satellite, point to point, to a receiving dish on earth" is false. The limit here is diffraction across the transmitter. Being able ...
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Was the term "conspiracy theorist" made popular by the CIA?

Google NGrams shows that the rise of the term started earlier than the Kennedy assassination. In the 1950s it grew in usage. Richard Hofstadter's The Age of Reform might have contributed to its usage ...
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