Ex-CIA Boss Blames Millennials For Government Leaks

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Authored by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org,

The CIA’s chickens have come home to roost as distrust of the agency swells amid recent revelations from Wikileaks regarding the agency’s extensive spying and hacking practices.

Rather than examining the problems inherent to the CIA’s extensive power to hack into smart phones, for example, the government has focused its efforts on a quest to discover who leaked the sensitive documents. In one apparent attempt to explain away the damning findings, former CIA Director Michael Hayden recently told BBC news that millennials are the weak link because they do not view loyalty and secrecy in the same light as previous generations.

In order to do this kind of stuff, we have to recruit from a certain demographic,” he said in reference to government surveillance. And I don’t mean to judge them at all, but this group of millennials and related groups simply have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy, and transparency than certainly my generation did.”

He continued:

So we bring these people into the agency – good Americans all, I can only assume – but again, culturally, they have different instincts than the people who made the decision to hire them, and we may be running into this different cultural approach.”

He singled out Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, both millennial whistleblowers who made massive waves when they revealed nefarious activities on the part of the federal government.

On one hand, Hayden is correct in his assessment that millennials have different understandings of “loyalty, secrecy, and transparency.” As the Intercept pointed out:

A 2013 Pew poll found that millennials were more skeptical of government surveillance than any other age group — with 45 percent of millennials saying it was more important for the federal government to ‘not intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terror threats’ than ‘to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy.’”

They compared with just 26% of those aged 65 and older.

Further, at least some members of previous generations did appear to display more fervent loyalty to the government. Renowned journalist Carl Bernstein reported in 1977 that journalists were covertly working in tandem with the CIA — and that they felt a strong sense of duty and loyalty to the agency in doing so:

[T]the journalists tended to see themselves as trusted friends of the Agency who performed occasional favors—usually without pay—in the national interest.

Bernstein reported that one prominent columnist later said, “I’m proud they asked me and proud to have done it. The notion that a newspaperman doesn’t have a duty to his country is perfect balls.

Still, leaking sensitive documents in defiance of established authority is not just a trait of the modern generation or era. Around the same time journalists were proudly working with the CIA, others were subverting the government’s secrecy. The Intercept notes:

Consider Daniel Ellsberg, who was 40 when he leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971, exposing widespread government deceit about the Vietnam War. Or Mark Felt, who was almost 60 when he helped formed the basis for the Watergate stories under the pseudonym ‘Deep Throat.’

This is a historical trend spanning centuries. In 1772, Benjamin Franklin leaked letters from then-Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson in which the state leader discussed “repressing the rights of colonists.”

Try as Hayden might to blame his agency’s woes on millennials, the fact remains that distrust of government is growing among all generations, and apparently, among whistleblowers of all ages. William Binney, an NSA whistleblower, was not a millennial. Nor were Jeffrey Sterling or John Kiriakou.

Evidently, millennials do not hold a monopoly on listening to their consciences and acting accordingly — nor does the CIA hold a monopoly on secrecy. At least, not anymore.

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Belrev's picture

He has no clue. Another DC idiot.

Purge the Deep State


MagicHandPuppet's picture

I would have never thought that I'd find myself defending "millennials".  Then, this old codger from the CIA opens his goofy authoritarian mouth...

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

What a bunch of bullshit. It's akin to a pedophile telling the kid he just molested, shhhh, don't tell your mommy or daddy. It's our little secret. You break the law, and yes the law still does apply to you as well, you should go to jail.

BullyBearish's picture

He's really saying, "$hit, they're smarter than we were"...

fockewulf190's picture

You do need a college degree to even be considered for the CIA or other government branches. When you see what is happening on college campuses today: the left-right rift in society, the social and mainstream media wars, the globalist vs. nationalist ideology, it doesn't surprise me one bit that some of the brains being hired are leaking secrets out.

What wonders me is that this is happening mostly in the west, and predominantly in the US. You don't hear to many secrets being leaked to Wikileaks from Chinese or Russian sources for example, even though we all know they also have world class espionage and hacker organizations.

Is it because of a higher sense of patriotism is being indoctrinated into the newer generations within these countries? Is it because the media is highly controlled? How about knowing your going to end up in a Siberian hell prison or getting neck shot and having your organs harvested if your convicted of treason. Not to mention the shame or loss of face your family will suffer.

Seems to me that not all millenials on this planet working for their respective governments are alike.

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xythras (not verified) fockewulf190 Mar 11, 2017 3:54 PM

The millennials working for the CIA, that is? HA !


Nevermind this clown, antivir companies just started to fix things:

Intel Security Releases New Detection Tools Following WikiLeaks’ #Vault7 CIA Revelations


IntTheLight's picture

Homogenous countries work. Multi racial multi cultural societies don't. It is a race to the bottom. The lowest common denominator rules.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

The dumber they are, the faster they breed. You can take that to the bank (and the voting booth).

Giant Meteor's picture

"Is it because of a higher sense of patriotism is being indoctrinated into the newer generations within these countries? Is it because the media is highly controlled?"

Ok, I see below this that you answered. Damn, this is a whole dissertation in and of itself. In this sense, as you have answered, Our very own "oppression" if you will, is still somewhat more "civilized." although I believe too, that it is much an illusion, as there are MANY ways to die, not always as within the obvious, in the physical sense. Indoctrination, in as much as, it may be different, and also, create the immediate need for "self preservation", which is much higher I imagine, in nations around the world.

Now the othe part is, I do not believe they are any less aware. On the contrary.

As "Logical Man" pointed out in another post, oppression, loss of freedoms of speech, and expressing dissent, in the UK, is I believe in his words were, UNBELIEVABLE.

We here in the states, still have a bit of freedom, to do as we are doing here, although for how long, who knows. Certainly, if not already done, the internet "pen" can be easily implemented, which in my opinion, would be a next logical move ... It has been done, and is being done in other parts of the globe. At least enough so the vast majority can still be "controlled."

Your thoughts ?

Ignatius's picture

There exists a clip of Michael Hayden stumbling through the 4th Amendment, insisting, wrongly, that there's nothing in it about probable cause.  It's classic, as when Mark Dice takes to the beaches of So Cal and gathers women's signatures to ban "Women's Suffrage."

So, yes, they can both be way wrong.

Anyway, Hayden is a douche.

SixIsNinE's picture

you racist big I? who wants to see women suffer?
ban that shit now. especially if hitlery came up with the idea.

Dice is on a roll lately, i think he's topped a million subs now. he did one asking blacks if they would support a 10% tax on whites to repair for slavery.

Ledlak's picture

I watched Hayden on interview on FNC a while back repeatedly telling the interviewer just how much Putin hates us. He kept repeating over and over. At one point I think I saw a little venom drooling from his mouth. It is self-serving neocon warmongers like him that make our country unsafe. The intelligence apparatus in this country needs to be dismantled.

DrLucindaX's picture

I love watching these old fascists try to trot out the same old shit and no longer have it work. May he die in a fire tomorrow. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

Hayden deserves nothing less than to have the Shit beat out of him within an inch of death, in public for all the World to see.

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prime american (not verified) Chupacabra-322 Mar 11, 2017 1:24 PM

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Lumberjack's picture

Place the blame squarely where it 'lies'. They only have themselves to blame.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Hayden is a little totalitarian worm.

And I don’t mean to judge them at all,

but that was just a polite lie, so my judgement of them all is that

this group of millennials and related groups simply have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy, and transparency than certainly my generation did.

Yes, and what's fucked isn't that Hayden's generation was duped by the total immersion American propaganda experience. We were all duped. What's fucked is that Hayden and fellow insiders from his generation understood the words loyalty, secrecy, and transparency as commodities to bought and sold.

For the paycheck, the power, and the lulz, they traded loyalty to the Constitution and country for loyalty to the Deep State. Secrecy no longer meant discretion with sensitive information, it meant keeping quiet about the murders, overthrows, death squads, and drug running. Transparency became blackmail-worthy dirt that was leaked to ruin a target and/or as a lesson to others being blackmailed and extorted.

That an annelid like Hayden is displeased with and feels threatened by millennials gives me a little hope for the future of this country.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Shemp,

Bravo Sir. You deserve a Standing Ovation followed by a Public Execution of this War Criminal Treasonous Pure Evil snake & his vermin ilk.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Yeah, let's let Shemp have the honor of throwing the switch on Ol' Sparky.

Urban Roman's picture


Not so far up the tree of life, I would think. Nematode at best.

Mr 9x19's picture

chill guys, he just meant he do not know how to do this above 486 dx2 66mhz

SixIsNinE's picture

i remember selling 32mb sims for over $1,000.

and 486 ibm thinkpads for over $5,000.

and proprietary HP system memory, 16mb, 32mb over $100,000 !!!

today hard to sell anything over $500.

i picked up a dell i7-3740quad core 16gb ram notebook for $240 last year.

ebay FTW!

ebworthen's picture

Ironic, isn't it? 

Guess that old codger doesn't realize that some of those Millenials have heard of the Bill of Rights and the 4th Amendment.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Guess that old codger doesn't realize that some of those Millenials have heard of the Bill of Rights and the 4th Amendment.

Hayden: "Where did they learn about that?! It couldn't have been in school - those lessons were designed for superficial understanding and zero retention. Hmmm..... it must have been..... Awww, God damn you internet!"


Ballin D's picture

his real problem is that the top end of the millennial generation is approaching 40.  Theyre most of his work force and theyre pissed.

sgt_doom's picture



Fake News Gone Wild!

--- Zero security at the CIA ---


OK, a short review:  Fake News is bombarding us with Russians and Trump; Trump and the Russians!

Still waiting on that CIA evidence???

Now, WikiLeaks has provided a bunch of evidence --- against the CIA!

They have shown us that the CIA has long had the capability --- which they engineered --- to hack into a site or system and ensure that their software/network trails lead back to the Russian government.

NPR has gone wild --- not about the Real News --- but the usual Fake News, and interviewing every Bush neocon they can get their moist hands on!

So the CIA can hack into systems will appearing to be Russians, and can take over automobile systems and even kill someone by doing so.

Anyone recall the reporter, Michael Hastings, hot on the trail of a CIA expose story when his Benz (with digital onboard systems, later proven to be hackable) suddenly crashed into a tree, killing him?

Whether it was the CIA station in Afghanistan which was blown to smithereens when they allowed a suicide bomber on the premises --- to the present WikiLeaks' Vault 7 leak --- the problem of the lack of security at the CIA is insurmountable --- Brennan and the others are rated epic failures, as is Hayden!

One need only study a report done on the old OSS (compiled by Colonel Richard Park), the precursor of the CIA, and study the history of the CIA, to see how they match.



'Park admitted no important instance in which the OSS had helped to win the war, only mercilessly listing the ways in which it had failed. The training of its officers had been "crude and loosely organized." British intelligence commanders regarded American spies as "putty in their hands." In China, the nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek had manipulated the OSS to his own ends. Germany's spies had penetrated OSS operations all over Europe and North Africa. The Japanese embassy in Lisbon had discovered the plans of OSS officers to steal its code books-and as a consequence the Japanese changed their codes, which "resulted in a complete blackout of vital military information" in the summer of 1943. One of Park's informants said, "How many American lives in the Pacific represent the cost of this stupidity on the part of OSS is unknown." Faulty intelligence provided by the OSS after the fall of Rome in June 1944 led thousands of French troops into a Nazi trap on the island of Elba, Park wrote, and "as a result of these errors and miscalculations of the enemy forces by OSS, some 1,100 French troops were killed."'

Son of Loki's picture

National Propaganda Radio is so bad these days and completely disconnected from 90% of the nation which is between the two left wing coasts.

It sounds as if they pay people to call in and praise the host in gooshy terms..'I love your show...."

NPR is pathetic and should not receive ANY federal funding.

OverTheHedge's picture

I was told (by someone who might be in the know), that despite the hand-in-glove US/UK intelligence agreements, the UK ended up not sharing anything in northern Ireland, as the IRA seemed to have full access to the intelligence. I can't vouch for this being true, however: perhaps someone here knows more?

espirit's picture

"Still, leaking sensitive documents in defiance of established authority is not just a trait of the modern generation or era."

IOW - Deep State, you fucked up by establishing yourself as an authority.

Reaching critical mass soon.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Another War Criminal Scum Fuck that remains walking free. Who deserves nothing short of a bullet between the eyes. Michael, you War Criminal Psychopath. What about the open Lawlessness which can be Irrefutably proven fact in a court of law that aren't leaks? Answer me that Pig.

Irrefutable proof of the absolute, complete, open Lawlessness by the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC., its CEO & Board of Directors.

1. Torture .
2. WMD lie to the American People.
3. Lying the American People into War.
4. Illegal Wars of Aggression.
5. Arming, funding & training of terror organizations by the State Dept. / CIA & members of CONgress.
7. McCain meets with ISIS (Pics available).
8. Clapper lies to CONgress.
9. Brennan lies to CONgress & taps Congressional phones / computers.
10. Lynch meets Clinton on tarmac.
11. Fast & Furious deals with the Sinaloa Cartel.
12. Holder in Contempt of CONgress.
13. CIA drug / gun running / money laundering through the tax payer bailed out TBTFB.
14. Illegal NSA Spying on the American People.
15. DNC Federal Election Crime / Debbie Wasserman Shultz.
16. Hillary Clinton email Treason.
17. Clinton Foundation pay to play RICO.
18. Anthony Weiner 650,000 #PizzaGate Pedo Crimes.
19. Secret Iran deal.
20. Lynch takes the Fifth when asked about Iran deal
21. FBI murders LaVoy Finicum

And, the Criminal mirror, unmandated / unaccountable CIA Global Hacking / Spying Espionage Crime Syndicate Ring.

Question is Miley. How many of the Criminal Hacking "Spoofing" programs were under your Command. All of them no doubt.

chunga's picture

Brennan, Rogers, Clapper, Comey, Lynch, Pompeo, so on so forth, the list of traitorous millennials is yuge.

Doofus is right.

Chupacabra-322's picture

All deserve nothing short of the death penalty for Treason, Sedition, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against the American People.

SixIsNinE's picture

Brennan is American Psycho - for realz


worse, he probably dreams of a lavish pad over in Dubai with a harem fawning over him  - don't know if that harem would be goats, boys or girls...

Jubal Early's picture

Brennan, Rogers, Clapper, Comey, Lynch, Pompeo, so on so forth, the list of traitorous Yankees is yuge.

Yankees always blame their victims.  Sociopaths are amateurs compared to Yankees. 

political_proxy's picture

More likely, they listened to their parents gripe about they tyrannous nature of the US Gov

shamus001's picture

Your generation willfuly violated the Constitutional rights of Americans, and the soveriegn rights of other peoples globally WITHOUT DECLARATION OF WAR!

As Kennedy put it, the CIA is a secret society that is NOT in keeping with the spirit of America.  WE DON'T NEED MORE SECRET SOCIETIES MURDERING FOR ELITES.

Abaco's picture

In light of Hayden's slightling of millenials I understand your outburst against Boomers.  However it is silly to speak of any "generation", which is an artificial construct, as it it were a monolith.

I am a contemporary of Hayden's and view him as a vile, h=dishonest, self-serving piece of shit. After a career spent violating his oath of office he retired and took his excessively generous pension.  Then he opened a consultancy raking in millions of dollars per year.  No one thinks he is a coder or a hacker.  He managed the CIA and NSA.  That means he was a political appointee who relyed orders.  He has no skill worth anyone paying a penny for.  What he does have is connections and so his "retirement" consists of another few years of selling the country out. 

This piece of shit calls Snowden a traitor for pointing out the crimes of NSA.

Haybed should be strung up by his neck and swingin from a lamp post.



sgt_doom's picture

Abaco:  + 1 trillion!

Kayman's picture

Hayden mostly reminds me of the evil dwarf Goebels. Always ready to step up to the plate and have others sacrificed for his evil purposes.

Merry Christmas from Stalingrad. Let's take another naked roll in the snow and eat some horsemeat.

American Gorbachev's picture

"We're all in Stalingrad now" - some not famous guy 2009

Consuelo's picture



 And I don’t mean to judge them at all, but this group of millennials and related groups simply have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy, and transparency than certainly my generation did.”


You bet they do, Clapper...   They 'understand' quite well the generation YOU came from - nay, YOU Developed...   Specifically, a generation of LYING, CORRUPTOIN, GREED, POWER and above all else, CONTROL.

Dear old man, as 'respectfully' as I can put this:



Shizzmoney's picture

We Millennials will be blamed for everything that the asshole baby boomers fucked up: the eventual stock market crash, government leaks, Russia, the Falcons blowing a 25 point lead in the Super Bowl, the Warriors blowing a 3-1 in the NBA Finals, etc, etc.

chunga's picture

Pretty slow fake newz day. With the way free agency is playing out football fans are wondering how anybody will beat the Patriots. That team is stacked and could be looking at 19 -0.

sgt_doom's picture

Frankly, the only thing I blame you for is having to always avoid you on the street (and everywhere else) when you're walking around, never in a straight line, staring at that object in your hand, and coming straight for me!

Atomizer's picture

Well CIA (Cocaine Import Agency). I'm half life. Go fuck yourself. We just did something in one day. Found a flag in one day. Don't fuck with 4chan crew. We are known to make you look like a asshole. 

CIA Torture Jet crashed with 4 Tons of COCAINE - YouTube

Intelligence_Insulter's picture

"“So we bring these people into the agency – good Americans all, I can only assume – but again, culturally, they have different instincts than the people who made the decision to hire them, and we may be running into this different cultural approach.”


Never brought me into the "agency".  Bald head cock polisher, thinks he has a generational problem.  Now that's funny.