WikiLeaks Issues Response To CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Tyler Durden's picture

The feud between Julian Assange and the CIA is growing.

After being blasted by new CIA Director Mike Pompeo yesterday as a "hostile non-state intelligence service," late on Thursday Julian Assange responded on Twitter by trolling the CIA, the "state non-intelligence agency," over its own roles in producing “al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iraq, Iran and Pinochet."

So, one day later, having let tempers cool, Julian Assange - who one month ago released the contents of its "Vault7" exposing the CIA's hacking exploits around the world in the "largest ever publication of confidential CIA documents" - issued moments ago the following statement via the Wikileaks twitter account responding to Mike Pompeo (highlights ours).

In his first speech in office, CIA Director Mike Pompeo rather than focusing on China, North Korea, or the rise of extremism, chose to announce an offensive against WikiLeaks and other publishers. In doing so Director Pompeo characterized WikiLeaks as a "non-state intelligence service". This absurd definition would have all serious media organizations (with the exception of state owned media) transformed into 'non-state intelligence services'- with the explicitly stated goal of stripping constitutional protections for publishers.

 

History shows the danger of allowing the CIA or any intelligence agency, whose very modus operandi includes misdirection and lying, to be the sole arbiter of what is true or what is prudent. Otherwise every day might see a repeat of the many foolish CIA actions which have led to death, displacement, dictatorship and terrorism.

 

All serious media organizations are in the business of obtaining information by encouraging sources to step forward. The key difference between media and intelligence is that the media is in the business of publishing what it discovers to a wide audience. WikiLeaks is an award winning media organization that is well known for the accuracy and volume of its publications and its millions of readers.

 

Unsurprisingly it is the strength of WikiLeaks' publications relating to the CIA's illegal activities, including its attacks on France's presidential candidates and political parties and its attempts to infect its allies and consumer products with viruses that has led to Director Pompeo's claims that its editor Julian Assange "has no First Amendment protections". These claims are dangerous and should be critically examined.

 

Director Pompeo's statement sought not only to threaten Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks, but to definitively subvert the First Amendment and fundamental notions that are intrinsic to American democracy. The First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting free speech and the press; it is not only a right for the publisher. It is a limitation on the executive designed to check authoritarianism and guarantee the public knowledge and debate which is necessary to preserve the democratic ideals on which the idea of America was built.

 

As for the CIA's attempts to demonize a publisher as a "fraud" and a "coward"-the public can judge what is fraudulent about an award winning decade-long record for publishing the truth and what is cowardly about WikiLeaks standing up to years of authoritarian bullying. Director Pompeo lacks irony when he suggests "WikiLeaks should focus its fire on autocratic regimes" while simultaneously calling for a crackdown on free speech. Director Pompeo's has attempted to turn both the facts and the First Amendment on its head and finds himself in the company of Erdogan of Turkey (57,934 documents published by WikiLeaks), Assad of Syria (2.3 million documents) and the Saudi dictatorship (122,609 documents), to name but a few autocratic regimes that have attempted, and failed, to censor WikiLeaks.

 

Director Pompeo's speech attempting to stifle speech only serves to underscore why WikiLeaks' publications are necessary. WikiLeaks will continue to publish true, newsworthy information that contributes to the public debate.

 

America's Founders, with brilliant foresight, understood the absolute necessity for preservation of a free press to foster critical debate about the actions of the government. The alternative is tyranny.

While it remains unclear how far the ongoing feud between Wikileaks and the CIA will escalate, a bigger problem for Assange - who recently had a close call with losing his place of exile at the Ecuadorian embassy after the recent presidential election in Ecuador was nearly won by a challenger who had vow to evict the Australian - is that the CIA and Donald Trump appear to have unburned all bridges.

As Bloomberg reported on Friday, "not long ago Donald Trump was describing U.S. “intelligence” agencies in mocking quote marks and comparing them to Nazi Germany for damaging leaks about him. As a presidential candidate, word was he barely wanted to sit still for top-secret briefings. Not anymore, according to Trump’s CIA director.

Mike Pompeo paints a picture of his boss as an enthusiastic consumer of intelligence briefings, including top-secret assessments of threats posed by Syria, Russia and North Korea.

 

In his first public speech since becoming head of the Central Intelligence Agency, the former Republican House member called the Trump administration’s relationship with the intelligence community “fantastic.” That produced enough surprised titters that he told his audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, “Don’t laugh. I mean that.”

 

“They are voracious consumers of the product we develop,” Pompeo, who backed Trump’s presidential campaign last year, said of the president and his top advisers. “We get lots of hard questions about the product and how we developed it and how we sourced it and are we sure.”

The turning point, as was the case with many other Trump policy objectives, appears to have been the decision to launch airstrikes on Syria.

Trump initially rejected the intelligence agencies’ findings that Russia hacked into Democratic emails and leaked them last year to harm Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign and help him win. He continues to dismiss as “fake news” questions about whether anyone close to him collaborated with Russia, and he continues to assert without evidence that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower under surveillance and leaked damaging information. But Trump’s decision last week to bomb a government airbase in Syria may have brought Trump closer to the intelligence community that now reports to him.

 

The CIA and the other U.S. intelligence agencies came up with some “hypotheses” about who was responsible for a deadly chemical attack on civilians and, “in relatively short order,” gave Trump “a high-confidence assessment” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame, Pompeo said. “We were good and fast,” Pompeo said. But “I can assure you that we were challenged by the president and his team,” he said. “We wanted to make sure that we had it right and there’s not much like when the president looks at you and says, ‘Pompeo, are you sure?” 

 

The Syria operation is the type of decision that builds bonds of trust between a president and the intelligence agencies he must depend on, said Juan Zarate, a former adviser in the Bush and Obama administrations, who was on Trump’s transition team for the Office of Director of National Intelligence.  “All of that requires some faith and confidence in the intelligence being presented to him and the leadership that’s representing those views,” Zarate said in an interview. “There have been moments of maturation -- that was a really important one. We’ll see what the trajectory brings, but we’ll look back and say that was an important episode.”

All of which is clearly bad news for Assange who over the past few days has lost one of his key allies in his quest to regain his freedom: recall that it was in January that Trump tweeted "Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!"

Four months later, at least based on Pompeo's statement, Trump's favorable view of Assange appears to be over, in the process making Assange's future, whether in the London embassy or elsewhere, increasingly unknown, especially after making the "black list" of none other than the head of the CIA, an agency perhaps best known for making its most "problem" adversaries quietly disappear.

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IridiumRebel's picture

Deep State gonna Deep State.

Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) IridiumRebel Apr 14, 2017 7:33 PM

The best response was this:

#Vault7 – WikiLeaks Releases “Hive”: “Top Secret CIA Virus Control System”

http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-04-14/vault7-wikileaks-releases-hive...


Outing the snoops and their tools is better than just trolling them over Twitter.

Now if the industry would be independent, they would fix all the CIA's insertion points, but I guess we ask too much.

beemasters's picture

"Mike Pompeo rather than focusing on China, North Korea,..."

Wait, Julian...I think you mean 'Israel and Saudi'?? China's only biggest threat to us is their flooding Walmart with cheap goods. North Korea has never done a thing to the USA but only barking loudly at Trump. Israel and Saudi Arabia, on the other hand...

caconhma's picture

Assange and WikiLeaks deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. Their contribution to unmask international gangsterism and terrorism is indisputable. They have made the biggest peace contribution since the Nobel Prize was created.

Unfortunately today international gangsters and terrorists like Begin, Kissinger, and Obama are/were the Nobel Prize laureates. Disgusting!

RG_Canuck's picture

I second your motion:  Assange and Wikileaks for Nobel Peace Prize.  As for Pompeo, or is it Pompous?  May you suffer the same fate as Pompeii.

Archibald Buttle's picture

i agree with your sentiments. however, the nobel peace prize is an award with a rather sullied reputation as far as i am concerned. they deserve something more along the lines of the "peace, bitchez" prize.

Omen IV's picture

when asked for proof for Assad being responsible for the chemical attack - Pompeo said that it was classified - which means they have no contrary data to the captured White Helmets administering "without" gloves and calling it Sarin. They know that Russia can show where the chemicals came from and dont want the exposure when presented at the UN. This was the MSM repetition with amnesia including now FOX - merely by the use of the echo chamber - they dont even bother anymore to prove anything - too much work for every subject - Russia involved in elections / wikileaks is bad because they show facts always true / susan rice unmasked political opponents and forgotten  - the entire multi-media is now unreadable and unwatchable

So Pompeo is consistent with this debacle along with the attack on wikileaks - pure theater - acting everywhere on th stage. The absurd is now expected for everything - The show time script is not even written - merely ad hoc improvizational theater -  The Puppet as POTUS  - across the board capitulation to the deep state. 

75 days and the duly elected democratic government was GONE !

political_proxy's picture

your best resonse was silence

will never goto your faux site 

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Microsoft and others have to leave a few things open for the CIA, Russian mafia, and others.

 

National security lol.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Trump was an easy mark lol.

 

He was easily spellbound by the toys, and briefings and all the minions scurrying about the place.

 

He found something better than  Fox News.  He now has  intelligence briefings lol, proly on the big screen with  two way communication.  

 

He has likely given up TV and now has CIA on demand media lol.  He can turn it on whenever he wants.

 

They can tell he is lapping it up, so now they can institute the mushroom treatment and shape him into the president they want.  

flaminratzazz's picture

our fvkin gov needs to be taken to the woodshed.. just like fire, a dangerous servant and fearful master..welcome to being the master's slave..what a sprawling hydra.

we are doomed

Clashfan's picture

"Didn't you learn anything from Love Day?" 

flaminratzazz's picture

I have no idea wtf you are talking about.

Clashfan's picture

Sorry, I agree w/you, and it's just a Simpsons quote (allusion). People on here used to share and get those.

I'd explain further, but "Can't someone else do it?"

Clashfan's picture

I probably should've just said, "I supersize with you," but that one's a bit played out.

mkkby's picture

Wikileaks proves the swamp contains a few patriots who've had enough.  Now we need a few generals who will lock up the politicians and restore the constitution to it's rightful place.

nmewn's picture

"The feud between Julian Assange and Wikiealks is growing."

Apparently typo(s)...lol.

Anonymous_Beneficiary's picture

Hey...you're apparently someone around here who actually takes time to read the articles LOL

nmewn's picture

One of my many idiosyncrasies...lol. 

SHEEPFUKKER's picture

Truth is treason in an empire of lies

beemasters's picture

And real treason is a virtue in DC. We are living in an alternate parallel dimension!

Archibald Buttle's picture

that's why you have to be a 4D chess master to succeed bigly in politics nowadays.

Anonymous_Beneficiary's picture

The MSM seems too willing to give Assange a platform....reminds me of all Trump's free campaign airtime.

Just saying.

St. Alphonzo's picture

Come on Pompy...WTF? Trump put you in for a reason and not to bite the hand that feeds you and keeps you honest.....Pompeo you are fired M-effer

DirtySanchez's picture

Establishment liars and partisan hacks will impugn Assange, and call him a Kremlin stooge.

Real Patriots understand that US government, and it's paid for propaganda machine media, is filled with liars, extortionists, and thieves.

Take your pick, but choose wisely.

One group is desperately trying to open people's eyes.
The other group is intent on denying people their freedom.

The USA is the evil empire.

Archibald Buttle's picture

it deserves at the very least a blanket party.

Global Douche's picture

Liars, extortionists, and thieves.. Now, that sounds like typical lawyers to me!

flaminratzazz's picture

somehow I dont think this is what the fore fathers had in mind.

nmewn's picture

From: Jake Sullivan To: Hillary Clinton Date: 2012-02-12 09:01 Subject: SPOT REPORT 02/12/II

  

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05789138 Date: 10/30/2015 RELEASE IN FULL From: Sullivan, JacobJ <SullivanJJ@state.gov> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2012 4:01 PM To: Subject: Fw:SPOTREPORT02/12/11(SBU) See last item - AQ is on our side in Syria. Otherwise, things have basically turned out as expected. Pretty damning if you ask me. https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/23225#efmAGIAHu
flaminratzazz's picture

Tulsi knows..and is catching flak for it.

Lumberjack's picture

Brian Caffyn....UPC Renewables....

nmewn's picture

http://dailybail.com/home/deval-patrick-paul-gaynor-crony-capitalism-at-...

Yeah we have some of that bullshit going on down here too. Gainesville Regional Utilities decided to do a "public-private partnership" with some crony-socialists out of Sweden (I believe it was Swedish company) with some ObamaBucks. 

You see, coal/gas/oil power generation is not Gaaarrreeen!...I mean outside of lining the pockets of crony-socialists inside and outside of government...lol.

The idea...well, now, the fully developed and operational Death Star that intermittently supplies overpriced power to Gainesville residents at THE HIGHEST PRICES IN THE STATE WHEN EVEN IN OPERATION...was to deforest the surrounding counties by setting up profit centers for crony land owners who take their trees and run them through a wood chipper (I shit you not) then, load said wood chips into large diesel semi-trucks sent up to SEVENTY MILES AWAY to gather up said wood chips, to take back to this Swedish marvel of engineering cronyism to...burn in order to generate steam to turn the turbines to...generate electricity.

That...they consider...to be Gaaarrreeen!...lol...ya know, the deforestation of a five county area via the wood chipper-front end loader-diesel truck-140 mile round trip caravan...thingy. 

These people should be so far from the levers of authority as to make homeless living under overpasses or in jail.

Lumberjack's picture

I have a lot more regarding this. Needs to shut down. All started with the Trans Caspian pipeline and includes the shit you mention now.. Spook pricks are gonna pay.

Glassport's picture

I hear you.

Hell, they have their own trade magazine, replete with gobs of specialized equipment to turn wood into fuel.  It's called Biomass.  Everytime I see it I kind of scratch my head.

I spent months in Turkey starting up steel mill facilities, and as being around the cradle of civilization you see what this type of behavior has resulted in.  Barren landscape and most of the trees that are there are immature, young growth.  

But what the hell, when the trees are gone there'll be lots and lots of wide open space to put in solar panels.  So instead of green, we'll all have reflective gray.

These morons don't realize when you denude the earth, you destroy the ecosystem and in the end you will destroy humanity.  Maybe that's not a bad thing though.

nmewn's picture

It was really an amazing thing to watch going on. A newly constructed reality of absolute bullshit.

In my job, I was at that plant in Gainesville as it was being constructed. I told anyone who would listen this is probably going to be the biggest crony-socialist boondoggle since Fisker, Solyndra and the barren moonscape surrounding Gaaarrreeen! battery plants.

They couldn't understand what I was even talking about...even when I said..."They are going to run trees through wood chippers, transport the chips in deisel semi-trucks one way for 70 miles to make it 140 mile trip and then burn them, to be Gaaarrreeen! Do you even know what CO2 is?"

They looked at me like a had a third eye in the middle of my forehead.

Now, not so much ;-)

Urban Roman's picture

These idiots should be paying extra carbon taxes for killing one of the few things that actually remove carbon from the air.

Archibald Buttle's picture

this is lorax level malfeasance. even if, for the sake of argument, the worst case global warming/climate change prediction underestimates the impact of so-called greenhouse gasses, i am pretty fucking sure we will have either poisoned ourselves and/or stupided ourselves out of existence long before co2 inconveniences we the people in a manner that we are not already inured to, as we face many incremental inconveniences on a daily basis, just going about our everyday lives.

and on second thought, while i think looney's avatar should be the mascot of the revolution2.0, i am starting to be swayed by the "woodchipper" party right about now.

Global Douche's picture

And just look at all the silver those panels require, yet the price of Ag remains stupidly low? That WON'T last indefinitely. Just sayin'

 

smacker's picture

Nice one. I wonder if they've got a similar message which reads "ISIS is on our side in Syria"?

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Hasn't Al CIAda always been on our side since the Russian Afghanistan war?   Seems like we have forgiven them for a couple of rogue operations lol.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

"We get lots of hard questions about the product and how we developed it and how we sourced it and are we sure.”

It's hard to take you guys seriously, when you refer to your brand of propaganda as "the product" ...you sound like a Madison Avenue ad executive. Of course, that's how you developed subliminal messaging.

TheLastTrump's picture

Nice work Wikileaks but look at the damage your friends just did to the internet of things >>>>

 

 

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/14/leaked-nsa-malware-threatens-windows...

Duc888's picture

Fuck 'em. Any ReTRAD who runs Windows (the virus masquerading as an OS) in this day and age deserves the assrape they get.

smacker's picture

The problem is that people who use their computers for more than to send/receive e-mails and web browsing but actually do real productive work on them often have programs that only run under Windows. Many or most of these programs will not run under Linux even under Wine. Apart from that, Linux distributions are not ready for prime time and, unless somebody gets a grip, never will be.

smacker's picture

Exactly (((what))) is the point you are trying to make?

The publicising of those items of malware code had nothing to do with WikiLeaks. If it did, please provide the evidence.

NAV's picture

If we did not have these freedom fighters, heroes the likes of Julian Assange, uncovering the tentacles of the tyrants we would all be marching even closer to the iron gates of a police state. And that is why Julian Assange, who represents the ultimate whistleblower by revealing to the public the wrongdoings of those who have seized authority, deserves the support of patriots. He has been unafraid to take on the world’s despotic rulers.

Assange is being targeted so that other whistleblowers will be afraid.  Perhaps Ronald Reagan was saying more than even he realized at the time:

“Evil has no power if the good are unafraid.”