Sergei Magnitsky

Dead Russian Whistleblower’s Lawyer Takes the Fall … Four Stories, in Fact

Reading Time: 2 minutes For whatever reason, it is certainly a perilous time to oppose the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.Another “unfortunate accident” has befallen someone with potentially damaging information on the Kremlin, this time a lawyer for the family of the late whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.Nikolai Gorokhov, 53, was set to represent Magnitsky’s mother last Wednesday in a Read More

Wikileaks, CIA, Vault 7

WikiLeaks: Agenda Compromised or Stronger Than Ever?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Love him or hate him, Julian Assange has a way of keeping himself at the top of the newsreel these days.The latest trove of documents revealed via Assange’s infamous WikiLeaks platform is the first of a multi-part series known as “Vault 7.” Mysteriously teased in February, Vault 7 reveals a variety of details on the Read More

Deep State

America Discovers the Deep State — Welcome to the Party

Reading Time: 2 minutes All of a sudden, everybody is talking about the Deep State. People from across the political spectrum are discussing it, such as former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, The New York Times and Rush Limbaugh. Americans are wondering what, exactly, the “Deep State” is. WhoWhatWhy readers, on the other hand, are asking: What took you so Read More

Republican Elephant, Russian Bear

Agent Orange and the Manchurian Candidate? Not So Fast

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that a number of Donald Trump’s campaign aides and “other associates” were engaged in a running dialogue with Russian intelligence over the last year or more.Manchurian Candidate anyone? Not yet at least.Some of the items cited are old news, like the information that Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager Read More

Donald Trump, Punta Cana

A Fishy “New” Deal

Reading Time: 2 minutes With all of the craziness the Trump administration is throwing at us, there is always a chance that a major story is going to slip through the cracks. Like this one: Remember when Donald Trump stood next to piles of (likely empty) folders and pretended that he would take any number of steps to separate Read More

Department of State

Trump White House Flouts Longstanding Right of Dissent at State Department

Reading Time: 2 minutes State Department employees appear to be losing a valuable free speech right in existence since the days of the Vietnam War under the new Trump regime.  Since 1971, the agency has permitted State Department staff to express dissenting views on policies without fear of retaliation. These “dissent memos” often are taken seriously by State Department Read More

World Economic Forum

Davos: Crises in Energy and Capitalism

Reading Time: 2 minutes Declarations from this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, sure are throwing ice cold water on the prospects of healthy global growth in the years to come.It’s the kind of sobering forecast that fervent agents of bubbled world markets are having an increasingly difficult time trying to spin.On Tuesday, Saudi Aramco’s CEO Amin Nasser Read More

Donald Trump

What Most Reporters Missed at Trump’s Press Conference

Reading Time: 2 minutes The political reporters at President-elect Donald Trump’s news conference on Jan. 11 were so focused on Russia and conflicts of interest that they missed a true nugget of news. Early into his press conference, Donald Trump said something that sent drug stocks into a tailspin, and made pharmaceutical executives cringe. He first complained that too Read More

John Kerry

Leaked Kerry Audio Shows Hidden Syria Backstory

Reading Time: 2 minutes It appears CNN and The New York Times gave the public a sanitized report on US Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with Syrian opposition leaders back in September. Unlike those two media giants, Wikileaks released the full, unscrubbed audio of the 35-minute conversation this week. Included was the revelation that the White House knew Read More

Chuck Schumer

Schumer Says Trump “Dumb” To Cross Intelligence Community — Payback Likely

Reading Time: < 1 minute Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) let slip a terrifying reality when it comes to the power of our nation’s president over “executive branch” agencies like the CIA. In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Schumer said President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community because if he does Read More

Putin, Trump, Syria, China

WhoWhatWhy Is Not Just Ahead of the Curve on Domestic Issues

Reading Time: < 1 minute It hasn’t just been WhoWhatWhy’s domestic coverage that has been far ahead of the curve: with our limited resources we got many of the international stories right too. For example, according to mainstream media reports, it now seems increasingly likely that Donald Trump might try to play Russia and China off of each other, by cozying Read More

Rex Tillerson

Will There Be a Tillerson Senate Showdown?

Reading Time: 2 minutes On the campaign trail, Donald Trump often railed against congressional Republicans who did not bend the knee and kiss his ring as the party’s new standard-bearer. In the end, most of them toed the line but there are plenty of bruised egos on Capitol Hill. Now that the GOP controls all of Washington, one big Read More

Eric Schneiderman

NY Primary Was a Mess, New Report Shows

Reading Time: < 1 minute New York’s voter protection hotline received 10 times more calls during the Empire State’s primary than any previous election, according to a report New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released this week. In response to the highly flawed election, he vowed to seek sweeping changes to how the state votes in the future. WhoWhatWhy had Read More

Election Recount
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Why Recounts Matter

Reading Time: 2 minutes Forget Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein. This recount isn’t about them, it’s about you. It’s about shedding a little light on a process that is needlessly and absurdly opaque. A Gallup poll released in November shows that 69% of Americans lack confidence in the “honesty of the election.”  That’s up 30% from 2009. Read More

Jill Stein
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Jill Stein Wins the Recount

Reading Time: < 1 minute The first vote in Wisconsin hasn’t been counted yet, but the winner of the recount is already clear: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. There is hardly a scenario in which she doesn’t emerge victorious: –          If the recount is conducted and Donald Trump wins, which remains the most likely outcome, then Stein is the Read More

Alexander Litvinenko
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Revisiting Litvinenko Murder 10 Years Later

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s too early to tell if the Donald Trump era will bring about vindictive acts against political opponents, but it is troubling that his main advocate among foreign heads of state – Russia’s Vladimir Putin – has been accused of just such actions.It was 10 years ago today, Nov. 23, 2006, that former Russian spy Read More

James Clapper

Good Riddance, James Clapper

Reading Time: 2 minutes Most Americans have no idea who James Clapper is, which is unfortunate on many levels. First of all, they should know who the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is. After all, the DNI heads the US intelligence apparatus and is a principal adviser to the president. Secondly, they should really know who this Director of Read More