“I love WikiLeaks!”
Mike Pompeo (October 10 2016)
“WikiLeaks is a non-state hostile Intelligence Service that recruits spies and reward people who steal secrets and use that information to subvert western democracies.”
CIA Director Mike Pompeo (July 11 2017)
“It is the sense of Congress that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United States.”
2018 US Intelligence Authorization Bill
September 8 2017 — The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a bill classifying WikiLeaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.” Phillip Giraldi, former CIA officer and counter-terrorism specialist, explains how this is “like going to war” and that he “would not rule out assassinations.” Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE (September 8 2020) — During Monday’s hearing (September 7 2020), Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange told the judge he does not consent to extradition.
Much of the defense’s case—including many of the arguments it revealed in the initial February hearings—focuses on the political nature of the charges.
Assange’s lawyers point out that “political offenses” aren’t subject to extradition in the US-UK extradition treaty, and argue that his prosecution is “being pursued for ulterior political motives and not in good faith.”
The Espionage Act charge against Assange, which alleges that he illegally released classified documents, is by its nature a political offense that falls outside the extradition conditions, the defense argues. (…)
They raise then-CIA director Mike Pompeo’s statement in April of 2017 that he saw Assange and WikiLeaks as “a non-state hostile intelligence agency.” [WIRED — Julian Assange Lays Out His Case Against US Extradition]
Does anyone remember that Mike Pompeo once loved WikiLeaks?
END of UPDATE
On July 11 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was the keynote speaker at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) dinner, and was afterward interviewed by Charlie Allen, a senior intelligence adviser at INSA.
Director Pompeo talked about his goals for the CIA and national security threats, including ISIS, North Korea and Iran. Other topics included Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and his views on WikiLeaks.
The CIA Director described as a non-state hostile Intelligence Service “that recruits spies and reward people who steal secrets and use that information to subvert western democracies.”
And now, the 2018 US intelligence authorization bill uses exactly the same words! It makes you wonder who actually writes the law in the US?
Blast from the Past
It may be hard to believe today, but Pompeo was once a fan of WikiLeaks!
Mr. Pompeo’s view of WikiLeaks is hardly unique for a senior American intelligence official. But his decision to focus on the group in his debut on Washington’s think-tank circuit as C.I.A. director was the latest sign that neither Mr. Trump nor many of his most senior officials consider themselves beholden to statements they made or stances they took in the presidential campaign, whether they be on WikiLeaks or on allegations of Chinese currency manipulation.
To be sure, Mr. Pompeo never went as far in praising WikiLeaks as Mr. Trump, who declared in a speech on Oct. 10, “I love WikiLeaks!”
But Mr. Pompeo, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an independent research group, appeared to have no compunction during the campaign about pointing people toward emails stolen by Russian hackers from the Democratic National Committee and then posted by WikiLeaks. [NYT]
What’s a “non-state hostile intelligence service”?
“Non-state hostile intelligence service” has no technical meaning — what would stop an outlet like the New York Times (or all of its peers and competitors) from being deemed the same based on its reporting of the same hacked emails?
What exactly is the legal status of a “non-state hostile intelligence service”? Would donating to WikiLeaks be considered providing material aid to an enemy?
What of the many reputable journalists who’ve worked with WikiLeaks in the past, from the New York Times to Der Spiegel? Are they now guilty of having collaborated with a “non-state hostile intelligence service”?
Were WikiLeaks to publish another truly groundbreaking and valuable release along the line of Manning’s, what then? Would journalists be free to glean stories from this enemy spy agency?
There aren’t any answers to these questions, making the language all risk with little upshot of reforming or changing Assange or WikiLeaks in any meaningful way. [The Intercept]
What do you think?
Do you believe that WikiLeaks is “non-state hostile intelligence service”? Tell us what you think!
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