German Journalist Blows Whistle On How The CIA Controls The Media

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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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Inspector Bird's picture

"peaked" your curiousity?

How about "piqued" your curiousity.  Would help if proper grammar was utilized.

Other than that - was anyone really surprised by any of this?  The Alsop story is so old, I'd heard about it in high school in the 1970's.  Seriously, this shouldn't surprise anyone.

mastersnark's picture

Did you just feel that? That was the collective shrug of America at this news.

quadcap's picture

Nope.  They didn't even shrug, because they never saw the story -- it's not in any American media.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

Question for ekm1 :

How does the nexus of CIA and MSM correspond to the struggle for dominance of the United States that you have repeatedly asserted is being waged?

WhyWait's picture

A key question.

One would assume the same thing happens here, but the CIA is not allowed by law to control Americans the way we give them the right to control the other 95% of the world.  (And to "drone" them if they don't like it.)  

That's what makes us special, isn't it? (In our dreams.)

But actually, judging from the results, they must be doing it in some other guise.  

Hey American journalists out there?  We need some serious whistleblowing on this side of the Pond too!


Oldrepublic's picture

Presidents serve at the pleasure of the CIA

crazybob369's picture

Or else he gets his brains blown out by some guy on a grassy knoll. Or was it a book depository? No matter, same result.

Duc888's picture

kchrisc: "The CIA will find young journalists and mentor them." And we also know that they will also find young impressionable people from less than ideal homes and "mentor" them as well into positions of power. Make them into puppets to be used and controlled by the CIA and the CIA's masters, Israel and the Rothschild banksters. We know of two: Clinton, Obama.



Then they go back in and knock em over years later.


Job security.  Same as sys admin's....they never "fix" the systems, they just keep 'em barely running.  If they actually fixed shit they'd be out of a job.  I've worked with more than a few of these types.....

Bioscale's picture

Must have been windous sys admins.

The real admin's job is taking care of monitoring, replication and restoration, planing ahead and avoiding disasters. I meant linux sys admins, of course

joego1's picture

I try to look at a lot of news sources but take them all with a grain of salt. Though my own observations, experience and knowledge I override the babble-zone. Sooner or later my gut will filter out my reality or truth. Watching the global actors play among each other often will give away their secrets of manipulation. Zerohedge is a good source of info and the blog is a good clearing house of ideas since it's gloves off.

Duc888's picture



On topic.  this is why Eric Holder is resigning....

19,000 Swiss bank accounts linked to terrorists.  Every single congressperson and Senator was notified.  No one responded.  What did it get this whistle blower?

2 years in the gray bar motel.

This guy names names.




Joe A's picture

Names, we want names.

Moccasin's picture

He will be more believable after he is interviewed by Fox News. (sarcasm!)

matinee55's picture

so tell us bright one which "news" do you listen to to get the truth & if you say none then why single out fox which I feel I get some truth certainly more news then the other obfuscating whitehouse rags

Moccasin's picture

I was joking around.... ahhhhh hum bug..... Sarcasm just does NOT work with all the serious folks on this thread. More hummmm buggg.... I mean after all is it not obvious..... is it not obvious that its was a joke??? FOX news is a joke and a propaganda mouth piece... can we have a little levity here? Have great day. Bye!

Moccasin's picture

And you find truth in Fox????... well good for you.

matinee55's picture

I believe I said "SOME" truth

Moccasin's picture

Since your trolling, I don't watch any news. I study the news, I read the news, they all have bias and are manipulators of truth... in short the lying scum bags have learned from the best teacher, Edward Bernays taught them everything they know about lies, propaganda and manipulation. Good luck, go watch your mind fucking news, I won't waste my time. :)

matinee55's picture

so --- you "study" the news, you "read" the news but don't "watch" the news - ok????? - so it will take me awhile to absord this!!! - & yes have a nice day

Chuck Knoblauch's picture

This means that the Internet is about to fall into their hands.

Joe A's picture

OMG! There goes my high esteem of the media. What's next, NGO are also working for 'the company'?

BlackVoid's picture

Brave guy, he will probably commit suicide by shooting himself with a nailgun a dozen times.

Duffy's picture

Note that just because they say they're CIA, doesn't mean they are:

A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.




By the way - if you don't believe the official narrative of 9/11, you are dismissed as a nut by many, if fewer and fewer people each year.  If you also note Israel's likely role, added to this is the charge, of course, of anti-Semitism.


But if you do as you're told and stick to the official 9/11 narrative - you are still left with a question. 2 of the major figures, bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - both cited Israel and its treatment of the indigenous Palestinian people, and US support thereof, as a major reason for the attack - yet this was essentially never, ever discussed in the media.


You're probably tired of 9/11 articles - but you'll want to read this one by Ray McGovern from a few years back.

... If you’ve read down this far, you will not be surprised that the FCM ignored the Defense Science Board findings for two months. On Nov. 24, 2004, The New York Times, erstwhile “newspaper of record,” finally published a story on the report — but only after some highly instructive surgery.

Thom Shanker of the Times quoted the paragraph beginning with "Muslims do not 'hate our freedom'" (see above), but he or his editors deliberately cut out the following sentence about what Muslims do object to, i.e., "what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights" and support for tyrannical regimes.

The Times did include the sentence that immediately followed the omitted one. In other words, it was not simply a matter of shortening the paragraph. Rather, the offending middle sentence fell victim to the “delete” key. ...


CIA control?  Okay....   but read the above.  Is that all?

hotrod's picture

When the Govt controls unlimited money they can buy what ever.  After Zuck met with Obama and allowed Govt intrusion Facebook's stock took off.  Of course the Govt. is the rainmaker for many organizations but they must tow the Govt line just like Zuckerberg did with immigration.  Govt. bailed out how many organizations during 08.  Think GM or AIG gonna buck the system.  The TRUTH if hard to find.  That is why I like GOLD. 

Ban KKiller's picture

Yep. I find my chickens never lie to me either. 

alexcojones's picture

Just noticed, Mike, you have mentioned Hollywood, via John PilgerHow Hollywood Became “Propagandist in Chief” by John Pilger

How about "300" created by the scariest looking comic book director, Frank Miller?

How about all those 9-11 references LONG before Spetember 11? Hollywood (Mossad-CIA) most likely had inside information.

I personally recall seeing the Donald Rumsfeld character in "Eneny of The State" was born on 9-11. Jon Voight, that Zio apologist played him. Just getting you up to speed, Mike

Images for 9/11 references in TV and Movies before the Attack...

Moccasin's picture

I wonder if he drives a Mercedes like Michael Hastings?

Bubenthauser's picture

No shit, we discovered "hot water" here.

p00k1e's picture

Trees are made out of wood? 

bigrooster's picture

His name was Michael Hastings

Eagle Keeper's picture

Here comes the late ramp!

BeetleBailey's picture

...that ran splat into a fucking wall

Stanley Lord's picture

This is laughable see Woodward and Bernstein.

honkadoo's picture

Judith Miller comes to mind.  She was the CIA's mouthpiece during the run up to the war.  She was rewarded for her duty by gaining membership to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ban KKiller's picture

So this "reporter" is a pedophile, drunk, addict, wife swapper, killer, and other than that is credible? THAT is how the media will "report" this. Fucking quotes...

monad's picture

The discredibility is that this (college indoctrinated) "reporter, pedophile, drunk, addict, wife swapper, killer" isn't dead already from being caught raping children, drunken acts of stupidity, overdose, spousal abuse or revenge. When you discover a creep doing these things in your range, they're fertilizer. Or its not your range.

limacon's picture

Lies are the basis of human civilization . 

Always telling the truth is classified as a disease (Tourette's Syndrome)

Journalists and spies are professional liars , but so are all the highest paid occupations .

Novelists , film makers , lawayers , most medicals , etc . 

Honesty and poverty are closely linked .


To see why , read


But without lies there is no hope .



shovelhead's picture

I love how everyone finds the whistle-blower religion AFTER the paychecks stop rolling in and are now 'retired'.

NunNun's picture

This just isn't true.  Everyone knows the White House controls the press.  They don't bother with the CIA.

Nostradumbass's picture

Peaked ------> Piqued   ugh...

Lore's picture

Funny how little things annoy, isn't it?  Also "pay role."  LOL

benb's picture

He'll be with Joan Rivers soon enough.

One of We's picture

A few honest congressmen could defund the CIA (and their NGO's and other front orgs).  Just imagine all the people living life in peace......Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue.....

monad's picture

"A few honest congressmen". Bwahahahaha, haha ha. Get smart. Pay attention to everything that goes on around you, do not discount your opinions that reject the authority under which these acts occur.

MrTown3's picture

Black dude on Msnbc...Toure...he's an agent as well...he got exposed by gary webb

Barnaby's picture

I work in the msm and among the regular press mongrels. They are either mass com losers looking to make themselves divas (men or women), or reporters who flunked out of larger markets and fell back to something less challenging.

The last station I worked for had zero journalists on its payroll for my tenure and the five years prior. Except for me.

The CIA need not infiltrate msm because it's already uprooted itself, split the logs, seasoned the wood and set the kindling. Just waiting for a little spark. (Maybe the CIA is the tinder?)

Anecdote is not data. Caveat consumer.