German Journalist Blows Whistle On How The CIA Controls The Media

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

“I was bribed by billionaires, I was bribed by the Americans to report…not exactly the truth.”


- Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of one of Germany’s main daily publications, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Some readers will see this and immediately dismiss it as Russian propaganda since the interview appeared on RT. This would be a serious mistake.

Whether you want to admit it or not, CIA control of the media in the U.S. and abroad is not conspiracy theory, it is conspiracy fact.

Carl Bernstein, who is best known for his reporting on Watergate, penned a 25,000 word article in Rolling Stone after spending six months looking at the relationship of the CIA and the press during the Cold War years. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the entire thing here.

In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America’s leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA.


Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty?five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. Some of these journalists’ relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit. There was cooperation, accommodation and overlap. Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services—from simple intelligence gathering to serving as go?betweens with spies in Communist countries.


Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors without?portfolio for their country. Most were less exalted: foreign correspondents who found that their association with the Agency helped their work; stringers and freelancers who were as interested in the derring?do of the spy business as in filing articles; and, the smallest category, full?time CIA employees masquerading as journalists abroad.


In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.

Like any good intelligence agency, the CIA learned from its mistakes upon being exposed, and has since adjusted tactics. This is where the concept of “non-official cover” comes into play. The term was recently described by German journalist Udo Ulfkotte, in a blistering RT interview. Mr. Ulfkotte was previously a respected journalist for one of Germany’s main dailies, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), so he is no small fry.

“Non-official cover” occurs when a journalist is essentially working for the CIA, but it’s not in an official capacity. This allows both parties to reap the rewards of the partnership, while at the same time giving both sides plausible deniability. The CIA will find young journalists and mentor them. Suddenly doors will open up, rewards will be given, and before you know it, you owe your entire career to them. That’s essentially how it works. But don’t take it from me…


If this peaked your curiosity, read about Operation Mockingbird.

Also see my post: How Hollywood Became “Propagandist in Chief” by John Pilger

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Jack Burton's picture

Good point "zaphod"! The black money that agencies get that is off the books is a mystery. We know it is huge, we know they have perfect freedom to spend it to buy influence, that is why it is black.

The Pentagon leaves about 75-100 billion totally black so they can buy influence and help buy leaders and military men from all nations across the globe. Take an officer in the Australian Navy for example, he will go on joint operations with US naval officers, he will be wined, dined, treated to whores, his wife may get a very special job at some US funded NGO. There is unlimted money to by influence. That is how America rules most of the world. Not by armies on the march, but by fiat dollars being accepted as a real store of value and allowing influence purchases.

King Dollar goes down, the entire American empire crashes into dust inside of a week!

RECISION's picture

 There is unlimted money to b[u]y influence. That is how America rules most of the world. Not by armies on the march, but by fiat dollars being accepted as a real store of value and allowing influence purchases.

Under "normal" circumstances, forging money is a crime.


But not when they do it.

new game's picture

King Dollar goes down, the entire American empire crashes into dust inside of a week!

the king is getting a limp disket, and will be standing naked, and hunched over ready to be tapped and fall the fuck into the sand face first only to be washed out to sea and bio degraded to carbon...

no save merica guy hear, deserve what you get and then some...

Lumberjack's picture

Evergreen -> Enron-> UPC... Black money in the green business.

McMolotov's picture

"Wow, this seems like a big deal. So does ebola. Do you think it'll interfere with Thursday Night Football?"

—average American

Mountainview's picture

They are even on the payroll of their own government.

filletandrelease's picture

Most of the comments on this web site are posted by the CIA.  Duh!

Chupacabra-322's picture

What I've been preaching / harping about since being here. Operation Mocking Bird in full effect. The Pure Evil Psychopaths Script writers at the Criminal CIA write & produce all the PsyOp, False Narrative & Propaganda for mass consumption by the sheeple.

The erradication of The Smith Mundt Act now makes it legal. I was seven years old when the following g was published:

After leaving The Washington Post in 1977, Carl Bernstein spent six months looking at the relationship of the CIA and the press during the Cold War years. His 25,000-word cover story, published in Rolling Stone on October 20, 1977, is reprinted below.


How Americas Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up.

IndyPat's picture

...The erradication of The Smith Mundt Act now makes it legal....

I saw a DHS Magazine at Barnes & Noble. No shit.
I almost barfed 4 pages in, but was afraid it would be mistaken for symptoms. I listen to more radio than watching the tv.

Anyone notice that there are no commercials on radio anymore? All "public service messages" from the ad council. Propaganda 24/7.

espirit's picture

Back in the day, the Israelis' were being watched because of their bullet making activities.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Also, radio is fucking dead dude. Why buy ads for radio, when you have Google?

RafterManFMJ's picture

DHS magazine love it, long time subscriber. My favorite sections are:

Month's Best Dog Kills
Raw Milk Assault
Smell My Finger
Gropin' Granny
Mossad Ayoob's How To Felate A Cop and Not Stain His Polyester Pants

NaN's picture

DHS Magazine? Is that because there is wide spread interest or that so many people work for them they can distribute internal fluff at the news stand?

Either way, the sickness is worse than I thought.

NaN's picture

“You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are Agency people at the management level.”

That is a very important doc to read.

Oversight is weaker now than during Ford and Carter, primarily because of Reagan eo-12333.

The inability of a democracy or even the executive branch to control its spy agencies might explain why there are so many of them.

CH1's picture

Most of the comments on this web site are posted by the CIA.

Probably most of the Nazi comments are. Distraction is job number one.

Duffy's picture

You don't have to like Nazis or bullshit statist, let alone racialist ideologies to dislike Israel.

On the other hand, to be a constant apologist for Israel's government requires what clearly amount to NAZI-like attitudes.


You would think you'd understand this by now.

COSMOS's picture

Hey CH1 you look like Nut-n-yahoo

g'kar's picture

I am under the influence



ebworthen's picture

pods - Don't miss America's #1 show! "Black'ish"!  That and "Dancing With The Stars" will explain everything!

Looking at Ex-Im bank and GS worldwide activities I'd say Banks/M.I.C. sleep in the same bed.

pods's picture

Yeah I have always thought they were two departments of the same corporation. 

Interesting way to think about it though, as any department will want to increase their influence.


centerline's picture

It only works while the relationship is mutually beneficial.  Surely not a friendship.  No such thing considering what is at stake.  At the top, on both sides, they know the score.  At minimum the general potential.  The sort of stuff we are seeing has been researched, wargamed, etc. for decades and more.

Chupacabra-322's picture

It's way about time JFK's goal of smashing this Pure Evil Psychopathic organization into a thousand pieces comes to fruition. Time to hunt down these Vermin one by one & deal with them via Extreme Predjudice. It would be "Fun & Games."

Keyser's picture

I encourage your spirit, but any one of us citizens going up against the alphanet soup agencies is akin to challenging a herd of psychotic elephants with a slingshot... You stand by your beliefs, right up until you become the gooey stuff between an elephants toes... 

RafterManFMJ's picture

Best to live small and avoid the thrashing death throes of Leviathan.

Why fight to save a lethargic, cowed, vapid populace that would backstab you for a shiny bauble or a free bag of Cheese acorn?

Let them burn.

tumblemore's picture

"I'd say Banks/M.I.C. sleep in the same bed."


I think they definitely *were* in the same bed - apart from anything else they would have teamed up during WWII and Cold War - and they might still be in the same bed  (particularly over middle-east / petrodollar policy) but there is a general conflict of interest now because the banking mafia are bringing down the American economy and the MIC needs that to survive whereas the banking mafia can just move to Hong Kong.


centerline's picture

So, let's take it one step further.  Has the CIA/NSA gotten to ZH?  Ya know... gettin' a little too close for comfort?  Drawing a little too much attention - particularly from really good commenters (who are DOA/MIA)? 

pods's picture

Follows the Van Goethe saying:

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

There is always that thought that everyone is compromised, or as in this place, people self-censor due to that thought.

I think the NSA likes to remain in the shadows behind a big reputation.

CIA is about chaos and the petrodollar/reserve currency.

The truth? idk.




centerline's picture

Little glimpses here and there of the invisble hand have occurred over the last few years.  Those moments are really interesting. 

I don't buy into any ideas that there is some massive conspiracy to implement a NWO or such.  But, it does not mean that such aggendas do not exist and that there are not people trying to do so.  Rather, there are all sorts of different groups with different aggendas - Governments herein being considered "groups" - same for MIC, Deep State, IMF, etc.  All fighting against each other for some sort of dominance, power, wealth, etc.  The result is chaos.  Obama tipped his hat at this the other with the talk about how the world is spinning so fast.  I doubt those words where accidental.

Without a doubt, the shadow world has it's hands all in this mess.  There is way too much at stake.  The real problem here is resources relative to runaway population growth.  The icing on the cake is global financial systems that are predicated on perpetual growth (they just mirror human behavior). 

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Mark Twain said, "Those who don't read the news are uninformed.  Those who read the news are misinformed."

Perhaps the best that one can do is to turn off the TV, eat right, get some exercise, and learn a few foreign languages.

Keyser's picture

How deep does the rabbit hole go? We know who is pulling the strings and why... The question is how to change the timeline...


Chupacabra-322's picture

@ pods,

"CIA is about chaos and the petrodollar/reserve currency."

Don't forget the Pure Evil Criminal Psychopaths bread & butter. Drug running & money Laudering through the tax payer bailed out TBTFBanksters to help fund destabilization campaigns around the Globe for raping, murdering & pillaging Soverign Countires of thier Natural Resouces & installing Puppets.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Read the definition of chaos bro.....


Robert.Paulson's picture

Nietzsche said: "Free is, the one who can dance in chains."

I say: "There is no truth."

Greetings to the agencies. :P

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Goethe also said... Which is the best government?  That which teaches us to govern ourselves. ("Welche Regierung die beste sei?  Diejenige, die uns lehrt, uns selbst zu regieren.")

- The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe as translated by Bailey Saunders (1893) Maxim 225

Yeah, well, good luck with that one in 'Merica, where the Government tells you how to live, how to die.  SERFDOM.  FEUDALISM 2.0.  It's what's on the Daily Menu, bitchez.

11b40's picture

I had several comments relating to Mr Panetta on a thread Tuesday, then something happened I thought was very peculiar.  Below is my post right after it happened:

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:52 | 530108511b40
Vote up!

Vote down!



Something very strange just happened to me.  Shortly after posting on this thread and expressing my sentiments about Mr. Panetta, I got an invitation form someone I never heard of and who should have zero reason to want to join my network of associates on LinkedIn.  He is a Senior VP with THOR Global Defense Group.  Maybe he wants to sell me a sniper rifle.

Maybe my paranoria is working overtime, but this just seems creepy to me.  Anyone else out there getting any strange contacts?

pods's picture

That's a bit creepy, if you are not in that niche.

I dont do linkedin, and do not even have any relationships here on ZH.  Not sure if that is paranoia or having too much going on IRL.


Oh regional Indian's picture

I did too, from a retired 4 star USAF general!


Fish Gone Bad's picture

That's a scream!  Perhaps its real, perhaps it is not.  I am still waiting for Publishers Clearing House to give me my money.


Lore's picture

Me too!  How long does it take?!

Keyser's picture

I had an odd linked-in invite yesterday myself, but mine was from a hot chick in Sweden looking for a sugar daddy... 

durablefaith's picture

Yeah. Have had a few of those. Some are very new profiles hin on info as well. Intimidation is pretty effective in blogosphere when u know they know who you are; self censoring ensues.

Paveway IV's picture

It's not a strange contact, just unsolicited advertising. THOR appears to be a small-time AK gun dealer run by Larry Knesek that enjoys scamming soldiers deployed to Afghanistan (among others). Probably has five employees, not counting the other Senior VP (the janitor at the shooting range).

11b40's picture

Maybe that's it.  I do have military group affiliations on my LinkedIn page.  Thanks.  The timing of it just kind of freaked me out.

Paveway IV's picture

Just to clarify, I AM from the NSA and we ARE watching you. You are right to be a little paranoid.

In fact, you have quite an interesting file here. You were late on your gas bill twice in the last couple of years and I see you bought the extended warranty on your washing machine. Are you some kind of a terrorist?

Plese make things easy on yourself and report directly to the BLUE line at your local FEMA rendition center when martial law is declared. Thank you in advance for your compliance.

yield_curver's picture

The CIA was constructed by Wall St. ballers years ago. Anyone who reads the subject matter should know that the CIA had control and kept control of the CIA: "Allen Dulles was tasked in 1946 to “draft proposals for the shape and organization of what was to become the Central Intelligence Agency,”

Keyser's picture


“For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment,” wrote former President Harry Truman on the one-month anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination

“It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.”

Same shit, different day...

sleigher's picture

I think there probably is truth in the warring factions theory.  Not sure about MIC vs Banks though.  I mean there has to be some good guys in there somewhere trying to stop this shit.  Right?  No seriously, there must be a few somewhere in government/banking/MIC.

centerline's picture

From a bigger picture perspective, can anyone really stop what is coming?  I think this is more about who gets to pick the winners and losers - this time on a global scale.  Full spectrum dominance = checkmate moves. 

Like I said before, what is happening has been wargamed over and over.  By all sorts of groups.