CIA Director Mike Pompeo today issued a statement harshly criticizing WikiLeaks, labeling the whistleblower as a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” and accusing Julian Assange of making “common cause with dictators.”
Pompeo went on to accuse WikiLeaks of repeatedly working with Russian intelligence, though as with most US allegations against WikiLeaks, offered no evidence to support this claim, even claiming that a Julian Assange alive during the 1930s and 1940s would’ve been “on the wrong side of history.”
Pompeo went on to rail against Edward Snowden for leaks complicating government surveillance, and saying that he found it “perplexing and deeply troubling” that some Americans were willing to praise WikiLeaks for leaking sensitive information to the public.
WikiLeaks was quick to point out that during the 2016 presidential campaign Mike Pompeo, then a Congressman had gone on Twitter linking to an article praising WikiLeaks for offering information damaging to the Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.
Of course, more than a few current administration officials, including President Trump,, offered praise for WikiLeaks’ releases during the 2016 campaign. It is unsurprising that people eager for juicy details when they were in the opposition would turn on a whistleblower once they’re in power, but it is somewhat surprising just how quickly it happened.
11 thoughts on “CIA Director: WikiLeaks a ‘Non-State Hostile Intelligence Service’”
The second they (he) got elected, the bone head $hit began. These guys I supported are now thanking me for my support by repudiating everything they told us voters…. Kinda rubbing salt in out wounds from having been played.. Hey… Fool me once, shame on you,,,, and ZERO chance that this crew will fool ME again.. Zero chance that I would believe ANTHING YOU SWINE SAID OR CLAIM TO HAVE DONE.. Thanks alot for reminding me how corrupt bad people can be….
You will be fooled again and the reason why I know that is because you are condemning Obama. You haven’t even come to accept that Obama prevented US led war on Syria and Iran.
It won’t be long before you are right with the cause against N.Korea because it will be spun by your country’s propagandists to make it all good.
trump did not invade syria, or start bombing it.
he increased the number of troops there and increased the bombing.
I remember when the Directors of the CIA refrained from making unsolicited public statements.
Well, at least Wikileaks isn’t weaponized like a real hostile intel service.
Hostile to US propaganda efforts.
It’s almost certain that Russia turned both Assange and Snowden. It’s just too contrary to both of their ideals to think they wouldn’t have taken their loyalties somewhere else.
As was the case during the Cold war, some people had to reject the propaganda to live with themselves. The difference now is that very informed people have no illusiions on what side is wrong and which side is right.
We need to examine each part of what the vaunted CIA director said (in the headline), “Non-state Hostile Intelligence Service.”
Non-state. Thankfully, they are. This way, they cannot be co-opted as part of a government operation. It also makes them less beholden to the wishes of any government.
Hostile. It depends on what one’s world-view is. I guess if your ox is being gored, then you might consider their actions as hostile to your interests. The CIA director showed the colors of his flag in the title. But in every case, the more appropriate term for them would be, anti-state. Or maybe hostile to statist interests. Translation: For the people.
Intelligence Service. They act with more intelligence than those whom they are exposing the evil deeds of. And their actions appear geared to creating more intelligence among their readers than any government can or will do.
The so-called intelligence services officially licensed by the United States Government seem more interested in amassing data about Americans than they do about stopping criminal activity directly aimed at Americans. In fact, they have now been shown to be a walking, talking violation of the law just by their very existence. In addition to being functionally useless at the human level for Americans.
The Establishment and convenient thinking is very scary from both sides of the political aisle. There is no doubt Snowden provided a profound disclosure and public service–as did Wikileaks–into the loss of our freedoms to the Elites in the elected Cabal of no term limits– to subjugation of free thought without Big Brother watching and listening in to our every move. Hopefully, Trump who is also targeted, will remain on our side and outside this collusion of entrenched powers in the Swamp!
Donald Trump makes one miss the “good old days” of Barack Obama, who made one wax nostalgic for the halcyon days of George W. Bush, who compelled one to pine for the golden era of Bill Clinton, who ….
American democracy is a basically a Conga line straight to the depths of political depravity.
Pompeo is just another hypocritical deep state stooge. When his lips move he’s lying.
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