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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 with Jeff Bezos. They have a deal with Amazon, which is a publicly traded company. Sources (swiped verbatim from ChrisW's excellent answer): The current ...


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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 only very circumstantial evidence. Background: Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, is still its CEO and largest shareholder. Bezos also purchased the ...


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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 confirmation from other sources. The book Cybercrime explains: […] Reed's book is the only public mention of the incident and his account relied on a single ...


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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 Fortune.com (among others) in 2015 reports, Intelligence community loves its new Amazon cloud Two years ago, the CIA selected AWS to build and run a ...


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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 International Organizations division (IOD), which is 'the CIA office that "ran" the Congress for Cultural Freedom and Encounter magazine' (according to cia.gov). ...


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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 question more answerable in an exact manner, this moment will then distort the proper view of that tumultuous process that took quite a bit longer than a (few) ...


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This claim is supposedly grounded in an academic source: Lance deHaven-Smith’s 2013 book Conspiracy Theory in America. But here's the funny part: the conspiracy theorists are misreading a history book to look for a conspiracy. First, let's look at the meme's claim. The CIA's "Dispatch 1035-960" was attempting to respond to the conspiracy theory of JFK's ...


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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 conducted by the CIA and the project was scrapped in 1995 after a CIA report concluded that it was never useful in any intelligence operation. The source that these ...


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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 European abstract expressionism and Socialist Realism. Social Realism is characterized by: a naturalistic realism focusing specifically on social issues ...


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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 elements. There is also evidence that drugs were smuggled on board planes owned by Air America, a CIA front company. But there is substantial evidence that ...


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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 to resolve 2 inches from orbit for visible light would require mirror bigger than the Hubble space telescope. Doing the same for microwaves would need a dish ...


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