By Kevin Gosztola
Become a Paid Subscriber: https://anchor.fm/unauthorized-disclosure/subscribe "Unauthorized Disclosure" is a weekly podcast hosted by Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola. It focuses on issues and topics that are overlooked or pushed aside by the more mainstream media. The hosts champion adversarial journalism. Guests featured are often rarely heard or unheard voices. Or they are voices who we think can benefit from a space to have conversations, which allow for dissent and the unpacking of unpopular ideas. SUBSCRIBE on Spotify for $4.99/month and gain access to full episodes instead of clips or highlights from each week's show.
Radical Comedian Krish Mohan On Comedy In The Age Of Biden
Krish Mohan, a radical comedian and the creator of "Road Reflections" and "Taboo Table Talk," joins Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola to talk about his work producing political comedy. We discuss how comedy actually got worse under Donald Trump and what it is like now with President Joe Biden. Later in the show, Krish describes some of the topics he covers in his comedy, and the conversation veers into identity, representation, stereotypes, and people who disrupt comedians while they're on stage.
November 20, 2021
US Appeal Hearing Against Assange: More Punishment By Process
In this exclusive episode, Rania Khalek asks Kevin Gosztola about his reporting from the United States government's appeal hearing in the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But first they have a broad conversation about Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter censorship—or the algorithms that suppress independent journalism.
October 29, 2021
Ben Norton On The US Hybrid War On Nicaragua (Free Edition)
In this free edition of the "Unauthorized Disclosure" weekly podcast, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola talk with Grayzone assistant editor Ben Norton about the United States' hybrid war against Nicaragua that is entering a new phase as the elections in November approach.
October 25, 2021
Grayzone's Ben Norton On US Hybrid War On Nicaragua—Plus, The Extradition of Alex Saab
Grayzone assistant editor Ben Norton, a good friend (and patron) of the show, joins Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola to discuss the hybrid war waged by the United States against Nicaragua that is entering its next phase as elections approach in November. Norton is a regular guest on Unauthorized Disclosure, and he offers a thumbnail history of Nicaragua. Rania asks him whether the rise of China offers countries in the Middle East and Latin America a way to fight back against some of the worst aspects of U.S. imperialism. Later in the show, Ben comments on the extradition of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, who is a political prisoner who was essentially kidnapped from Cabo Verde for trying to secure food for Venezuelans from Iran. The show ends with some conversation about Colin Powell's death.
October 23, 2021
Facebook Blacklists 4,000+ Groups And People In Service To US Empire
In this free version of Unauthorized Disclosure, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss Facebook's secret blacklist, as revealed by Sam Biddle of the Intercept. They also talk about a Facebook whistleblower (not the one who orchestrated a public relations campaign).
October 18, 2021
Facebook's Blacklist, US Saber-Rattling Over Taiwan
In the latest episode of Unauthorized Disclosure, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss the report from The Intercept's Sam Biddle that revealed Facebook's blacklist of "over 4,000 people and groups, including politicians, writers, charities, hospitals, hundreds of music acts, and long-dead historical figures." They place it in the context of what we know about the influence of U.S. government-aligned think tanks and projects over Facebook. Also, they highlight Frances Haugen, the former employee of Facebook who mounted a public relations campaign and has been hailed as a whistleblower by political elites. They compare her to Sophie Zhang, a Facebook whistleblower who exposed how Facebook looks the other way when it comes to troll farms or suspicious activity in certain countries. In the latter part of the show, Rania and Kevin highlight the uptick in discussion over whether the U.S. has a duty or responsibility to go to war against China to defend Taiwan. Then, as a comedy fan, Kevin comments on Dave Chappelle's final comedy special from Netflix and the response to it.
October 17, 2021
Justin Podur: Why US Empire Still Perceives Venezuela As An 'Extraordinary Threat'
Academic and author Justin Podur joins Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola for the latest episode of "Unauthorized Disclosure." He co-authored, "Extraordinary Threat: The U.S. Empire, the Media, and Twenty Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela." In this episode, Justin describes why Venezuela is such a useful case study for understanding the United States empire. He details several media myths and breaks down the ways that non-governmental organizations weaponize human rights against the Venezuelan government. The conversation concludes with some discussion of the devastating impact of sanctions on Venezuela and what needs to happen for this project to go through a crisis of legitimacy so it finally ends (and we no longer have to see Juan Guaido ever again).
October 10, 2021
Pompeo's Sociopathic Assange Obsession, NYT Publishes Copagandist Without Disclosing Background
Thanks for being a subscriber of our show. Unauthorized Disclosure could not keep going without you. In this episode, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss former CIA director Mike Pompeo's sociopathic obsession with achieving revenge against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. They also highlight how the New York Times published copaganda from Jeff Asher without disclosing his background with the CIA, Palantir, police departments, and prosecutor's offices.
October 2, 2021
Abby Martin: 'Earth's Biggest Enemy' Begins Production—Plus, What Do We Do With The Left?
Abby Martin, creator of the "Empire Files" and the co-host of "Media Roots," joins the show to talk with Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola about her documentary film project, "Earth's Greatest Enemy," which started production in September. She recently was in Alaska and shares some of what she saw while shooting footage. Later in the show, in portions only available to patrons or subscribers, Abby helps Rania and Kevin assess the state of the left and grapple with the age-old question, what do we do now? They go through an array of problems they see plaguing our ability to organize, build power, and make a dent in structures that are bringing us closer and closer to the brink of destruction.
September 27, 2021
From Reaganism To Biden's Presidency: FAIR Editor Jim Naureckas On 35 Years Of Media Criticism
Fairness in Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) is a media watchdog group that formed as a response to Reaganism. They sought to invigorate the First Amendment and combat censorship in the news media by advocating for dissenting viewpoints and journalism in the public interest. Thirty-five years later, FAIR is still going strong. FAIR editor Jim Naureckas joins the "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast to discuss FAIR's impact and all it has taught us. Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola share the ways FAIR improved their media literacy. And at the end of the show, Kevin tests Jim by seeing how well he knows some of the more obnoxious figures in media that he's critiqued over the past years.
September 18, 2021
This Is Not An Episode With COVID-19 Misinformation
Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola share their views on the COVID-19 crisis, as the Delta variant and other variants spread. They discuss President Biden's plans for greater vaccine mandates and the culture in the United States that sees any public health measures as an infringement upon freedom. And more generally they push back on YouTube streamers, who often share their politics but are covering related issues irresponsibly.
September 11, 2021
After the Withdrawal Of US Military Forces From Afghanistan: A Follow-Up Discussion with Ann Wright & Matthew Hoh
*Full uncut conversation available to subscribers. Thank you for supporting independent media. Returning for a follow-up discussion on the Afghanistan War, Ann Wright and Matthew Hoh discuss what happens now that United States military forces have fully withdrawn. They also reflect on the completion of the evacuation effort, which involved coordination with the Taliban. Ann is a retired U.S. Army colonel and State Department diplomat who was part of the small team that reopened the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in December 2001. She eventually resigned in protest against the Iraq War. Matthew served in the Marine Corps in the Iraq War and later worked for the State Department. He resigned from the State Department in protest against the Afghanistan War in 2009. Ann and Matthew respond to some of the establishment news propaganda on the withdrawal from Afghanistan—from generals to think tankers to war correspondents. Later, Ann comments on what the CIA was up to during the withdrawal, as well as the impact sanctions will have on the people of Afghanistan.
September 3, 2021
Interview With Australian War Crimes Whistleblower David McBride On Afghanistan (Free Edition)
The episode first released to subscribers. This is a cut and edited version. Subscribe for full and uncut episodes of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast. David McBride is a former military lawyer in the Royal Australia Regiment and Australia Special Forces. He completed two tours in Afghanistan and submitted an internal complaint against what he witnessed in the war. He immediately faced scrutiny and harassment. A few years later, David found journalists with the Australia Broadcasting Corporation who were willing to listen to him. They were interested in classified documents that showed the reality of Australia’s involvement in the war. What David had to reveal was published as “The Afghan Files.” It was a “quite a big story in Australia,” according to him. But the Australia government responded by raiding the ABC and targeting David with a prosecution for an espionage offense. In this episode from the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, which Kevin Gosztola typically co-hosts with Rania Khalek, Kevin speaks with David about his deployments to Afghanistan. He shares his view on how the last several weeks, as the United States withdrew forces and then mounted an unprecedented evacuation effort with a mostly cooperative Taliban. *For more on whistleblower stories, subscribe to The Dissenter: https://thedissenter.org/#/portal/signup
August 30, 2021
Australian War Crimes Whistleblower David McBride Speaks Out On End Of Afghanistan War
David McBride, who was a military lawyer in the Royal Australia Regiment and the Australia Special Forces, blew the whistle on war crimes in Afghanistan. He is facing prosecution and joins the "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast to talk about the end of the war in Afghanistan. McBride introduces himself and how he came to be prosecuted. He comments on the evacuation effort and shares his perspective on the Taliban. He reacts to the suicide bombing that was claimed by ISIS-K. He also discusses the lack of accountability. Later in the show, McBride talks about the Brereton Inquiry into war crimes committed by Australian troops (primarily low-level). He describes the significance of an attack on one of the witnesses, "Captain Louise," who had their home bombed.
August 29, 2021
Unauthorized Disclosure LIVE: Taliban Takeover, Lebanon's Fuel Crisis, Siberian Wildfires
The following recording is from a live broadcast of the "Unauthorized Disclosure" that was recorded on August 17. Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discussed the Taliban takeover of the Afghanistan government and some of the reaction to it. Rania, who is based in Beirut, talked about fuel shortages in Lebanon and how it has impacted her ability to do her journalism work. Later in the show, they