CIA Chief Warns: WikiLeaks Is Plotting To "Take Down America Any Way They Can"

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo remains inconsolably hostile toward whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, insisting they are a “non-state hostile intelligence service” and are plotting to “take down America any way they can and find any willing partner to achieve that end.

Hostility to WikiLeaks has been a mainstay in the US government, as every administration faces the prospect of their covert misdeeds becoming a matter of public record, to their general embarrassment albeit rarely to the end of any meaningful reform.

President Trump had a positive attitude toward WikiLeaks during last year’s campaign, declaring “I love WikiLeaks.”

Pompeo insists he doesn’t feel the same way, and that US intelligence agencies need to find ways to fight the organization.

“I don’t love WikiLeaks,” Mr. Pompeo said Thursday.

Pompeo argued that the US needs to use the Espionage Act much more in going after leakers who aren’t actually foreign spies, though he stopped short of openly endorsing Espionage prosecutions against journalists for reporting on the leaks.

“You said that we have to recognize that we can no longer let Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us,” New York Times columnist Bret Stephens asked Mr. Pompeo.


“What does that in your mind imply, legislatively or operationally? Should we be enforcing the Espionage Act much more?”


“Yes,” Mr. Pompeo responded without hesitation.

When asked if publishers and journalists should be prosecuted for using state secrets, Mr. Pompeo answered:

“There’s an old aphorism that says that the law is entitled to every man’s evidence, and I’ll leave it at that.”

Mr. Assange did not respond privately to requests for comment Thursday but reacted to Mr. Pompeo’s latest claim in a series of tweets.

“What sort of America can be ‘taken down’ by the truth?” he tweeted.

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alexcojones's picture

Meet the NEW Swamp creatures,

Same as the Old Swamp creatures.


Pinto Currency's picture

Taking down CRONY America any way they can.

Those following the law and the constitution will be grateful.

Mr. Pompeo just stated he plays for the other side.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

I dunno. What else is Pompeo going to say? At the very least he has to pretend to be against wikileaks. Otherwise, if he pulls on this thread, the whole sweater starts to unravel.

So Close's picture

What kind of America can be take down by the Truth is right.  I appreciate and value most of what the CIA does but they are just pissed because some of their more despicable and self serving behaviour has been brought to light.  Either make the case for your actions or clean up your act. Wikilinks is not the problem.   They are just the mirror.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Liars simply hate being called out.  As do hypocrites. 

You can't be an arsehole 6 days a week, then repent on Sunday and think yourself to be a model citizen... and then spit your dummy when your sins are revealed. 

Either you're doing the right thing... or you're not. 


strannick's picture

Wikileaks shows CIA is plotting to take down America anyway they can.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Dear Wikileaks,

Please save us from our CIA captors.



Overfed's picture

And Mike Pompeo, fuck you too.

armada's picture

CIA Chief Warns: IsraHell Is Plotting To "Take Down America Any Way It Can"

Manthong's picture


Pompous fat pile of neocon crap.

He needs to be part of a wholesale purge.


MillionDollarButter's picture

In the future, the caliber of hacker that will take us down will differ based on whether we make fax machines illegal like Myanmar, or whether we put the onus of security on the service provider.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Next step to expect is to see US declaring Wikileaks as being a terrorist organisation, mark my words.

land_of_the_few's picture

In that case he needs to do all journalism published in US as well.

HalinCA's picture

And Trump letting it happen ...

Ghost who Walks's picture

I get your point, but when were fax machines illegal in Myanmar?

I had no trouble buying equipment or scanning documents and sending them out of the country.

giovanni_f's picture

" I appreciate and value most of what the CIA does". What exactly? Arming ISIS? Overthrowing democratically elected governments such as Allende in Chile, Mossadeq in Iran? Torture camps all over the planet? Black sites? Killing whoever refuses to play by the rules?

Keep on appreciating, asshole.



Ghost who Walks's picture

Hi Giovanni_f,

I think you have replied to the wrong person. I checked and the quote is not from me but from another ZHer of tag So Close.

You look to be struggling compadre!

divingengineer's picture

With VPNs in common use now, ISPs can't do shit. Remember when someone got the brilliant idea to have ISPs police their network traffic to end digital piracy, aka torrenting?
Did it end torrenting?

shovelhead's picture

“What sort of America can be ‘taken down’ by the truth?” he tweeted.

Ouch. Thats gonna leave a scar.

ProstoDoZiemi's picture

LoL   1 Up just for the randomness Thanks for the laugh

ProstoDoZiemi's picture

Its like the equivalent of, Hey Sara Lee back the fuck up into the kitchen and bake me some real non-GMO cookies like you used to in the 50's LMAO

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

What happen to your equivalent of your hands? Or were you born a disabled retard which only dreams about the 50s?

gaoptimize's picture

While the deep state is American it is not America.  Wikileaks, if we are lucky and deligent will take down the deep state and America will be better for it.

Future Jim's picture

It seems more likely that the CIA is trying to take down America -- at least temporarily -- you know ... for their NWO masters. Maybe the CIA and Wikileaks are working together.

Lucretius's picture

Perhaps not "take down" so much as radically alter Merka, to the NWO utopia that (((they))) envision! And perhaps, in the mean time, convince us how much we're going to love it...

 Personally, I have seen a lot of change in my 57 cycles, precious little of it for the better (imho), almost exclusively movement toward the constant erosion of our once enviable liberties.

 I'll have to give your tome a look. My eyes are open and I still possess a critical mind.

Obsidian Samctum's picture

JFK tried to save us from our cia captors, they killed him.

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

Honestly, when our elected members of Congress are openly afraid of the Intel community we no longer have a free society and are no longer represented. I've droned on about Schumer stating the Intel community "has six ways from Sunday to get back at you." Schumer is honestly afraid of the Intel community! You don't think that sways the way he votes. I'd imagine he is not the exception but the norm among "our" members of Congress.

eatthebanksters's picture

Is any person without sin? Any of you reading here, have you ever done anything illegal?  Ever done anything you aren't proud of?  If you say no you are either a saint or a liar.  Our country is no different.  We do ugly things regularly to protect the interests of our people.  Are we perfect?  No.  Is our intelligence perfect?  No.  Are our actions sometimes ugly?  Yes.  Do our intelligence services need oversight? Do they to be reigned in once in a while?  Yes, for sure. Do we have some corrupt bastards from the deep state in our intelligence services with their own agendas that need to be rooted out?  Hell yes!!  But if you encourage leakers to damage our country to service their or your agenda then I would say I'd like a leaker to tell the world about your indescretions.  Get real people.  The world is full of ugly assholes who would do us harm. Sometime we have to get our hands dirty.  Let's keep that amongst our own and when we have a chance let's root out the eveil fuckers from within that would try to harm us for their own benefit.

Omen IV's picture

You are naive in the extreme  ...."We do ugly things regularly to protect the interests of our people."... Bullshit !

Switzerland doesnt murder anyone abd they have a thriving society - no one is attacking them...because they are not aggressively creating situations (False Flags) that endanger their people -- action creates reaction which in turn creates another action

The US based offensive / defensive system  is about profit for the MIC   - they have engaged the world based upon hate and murder - it comes back - stop the insanity

Byte Me's picture

In an ideal world, the IC would be self policing.

At which point the entire ZH readership (except possobly you) rolls with laughter.

People who engage in corrupt activities are quite unlikely to engage cog-dis concerning their actions or behaviour.

Oversight (Congress) is obviously subverted, compromised - call it what you like - so the only remaining choices are bad ones:

  1. Exposure through ratting out the critters.
  2. Accepting it all as insoluble and submitting to the resultant tyranny.

Whether the world is full of shits or not (it is) does not excuse, for example, arming of self generated and sponsored terrorists, dealing in drug production and trafficking.... and a host of other dirty dealing.

Ghost who Walks's picture

I see Julian Assange as a working Australian Journalist. He is not an American and claims of Treason are wide of the mark.

I also see the US of A trying hard to silence him and damage his organisation. Why?

What is it that Pompeo and the deep state are scared of? What ugly actions has the CIA been involved in? Isn't it a very long list indeed!

Probably the best perspective on this issue is the current opinion piece by Charles Hugh-Smith (a fine American Journalist) who points out that;

"The empire of lies is doomed. Lies are weakness, and they prohibit any real solutions. Truth is power, but we can no longer tolerate the truth because it frightens us. Our weakness is systemic and fatal."

It's not a long piece but very powerful.



Banjopicker's picture

This.  Assange is the news breaker that journalists should aspire to if they want to break free from the propoganda machine.  He, through wikileaks, has done more to wake people up over time than any other.  The fact that both parties hate him based on the political winds tells you all you need to know.  


Calling him a leaker is a lie.  The source of the leaks are the "leaker", wikileaks reports the news that no one else is.  Where you draw the line on the patriotism of the real leakers is up to the observer...

Byte Me's picture

On a sidenote:

"Is any person without sin?"

"Any of you reading here, have you ever done anything illegal?"

This is arrant bullshit masquerading as microaggressional justification for the existence of a failed thought system called POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

Fuck directly OFF.

The first quote indicates that you have been suitably THEOLOGICALLY brainwashed into believing (sic) in "sin" in the first place.

All you need for a meaningful life is to live in a DECENT, HONOURABLE? UPSTANDING and RESPECTFUL life; leaving others to do the same and according them the respect to do so should they earn that respect. The concept of sin is largely irrelevant in YOUR contextual setting - in that the fucking theocracy that instilled this tripe in your noggin are the biggest bunch of hypocrite child abusers that the planet has ever seen.

Solution: wise up.

The second quote is largely unworthy of explanation. "...anything illegal?.." FFS ????? Illegal based upon which tome of "jusisprudence"?

Look around you.

The Wicked Witch of the CCF seems to get off scot free.

The elected President of the USA is pilloried by mendatious fuckwads who will 'apply justice' to (attempt) to bring him down.

and you witter about 'sin' and 'illegal'.


PT's picture

Point the finger, three point back.

exonomic halfbreed's picture

I used to have a tee shirt that said Cocaine Import Agency.  The first letters were red.  Now I wonder at the history of the directors of the agency.  Mr. Pompeo, please inform me, of the directors of the CIA since it was the OSS under Wild Bill Donovan, which directors were not members of the Knights of Malta (Sovereign Military order of Malta), Opus Dei, Knights of the Holy Sepulcher or Jesuits?  Perhaps my next tee shirt should be Catholic Inquisition Agency.  How is it that you have the gall to bring up foreign influence?   The deliberate dumming down of America has reached the highest levels of our society and your kind (members of the CCCP.....Country Club Criminal Party) signed off on this program a long time ago.  The new empire is in ascenscion and the old is scheduled for implosion.  I for one, have no idea as to the total veracity of the wilkileaks releases. I also have great concern over the lack of data from them concerning September 11 2001.  This was a Mulligan ( a do over).  If the idiot who was under the control of the FBI in 1993 had parked his truck in the correct spot, one of the towers would have come down on that day.  CIA directors are appointed by the president and confirmed by the legislature.  Reviewing the religious backgrounds of the presidents since Rosenfelt (oops I meant Roosevelt) I find it very disconcerting that they have so little regard for their own religion and are seemingly bending over backwards (you know like certain pizza lovers) to acquiesce to the powers that be.  

Eyes Opened's picture

" I appreciate and value most of what the CIA does "...


U mean the drug running ??

U mean the gun running ??

U mean the extreme rendition ??

U mean the warmongering ??

U mean the foreign election interference ??

U mean the intelligence leaking ??

U mean the squandering of taxpayer cash ??

U mean the political interference in US ??

U mean the illegal hits ??

U mean their 9/11 collusion ??

And moar....


Please.... do tell ... what EXACTLY do u appreciate about that organisation ??

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

That it isn't twice its current size?

44magnum's picture

that they have gotten away with all of it

lucitanian's picture

"I appreciate and value most of what the CIA does" ?????

Murder, Assasination,

Drug dealing,

Regime change,



Training Terrorists,

Spying on the inocent, blackmail

And likely a hand in 9-11,

And that's just what comes to mind off the top of head.......

TuPhat's picture

Is that what your comments are all about Buckaroo?  Just pretense to get along.  Not trying to have any meaning or truth?  So sad.

Beowulf55's picture

Pompeo is so deep in the swamp that he can't see the swamp for what it is and wants to kill the messenger.


That makes Pompeo part of the deep state and it must die.


oncefired's picture

Pompeo is feeling Shit On - he probably hoped his whole working career to be Head of Spook Central, only to see Wikileaks doing a pretty Good job of putting Major dents in Spook Central. Columbia had another bumper crop of cocaine and Afghanistan probably has a good crop - use all the Black Funds to do something about it....unless you have those Earmarked for Early Retirement! Best to make sure an Insurance policy isn't floating around the web with Wikileaks waiting to unlock it, I'm sure they save some tasty bits just for such an event! Trump should probably get rid of some of these Agencies (17 at last count), maybe kill the rogue ones like the CIA & NSA for a Start

SMG's picture
WikiLeaks Is Plotting To "Take Down America Any Way They Can"


No that would be the Globalist CIA., planning to take down America and her Billf of Rights.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Projection is a hell of a drug.

The "Spoofing" or Digital Finger Print & Parallel Construction tools that can be used against Governments, Individuals, enemies & adversaries are Chilling.

The CIA can not only hack into anything -- they can download any "evidence" they want onto your phone or computer.  Child pornography, national secrets, you name it.  Then they can blackmail you, threatening prosecution for whatever crap they have planted, then "found" on your computer.    They can also "spoof" the source of such downloads -- for instance, if they want to "prove" that something on your computer (or Donald Trump's computer) came from a "Russian source"  -- they can spoof the IP address of a Russian source.

The take-away:  no digital evidence the CIA or NSA produces on any subject whatsoever can be trusted.  No digital evidence should be acceptable in any case where the government has an interest, because they have the complete ability to fabricate and implant any evidence on any iphone or computer.  And worse:  they have intentionally created these digital vulnerabilities and pushed them onto the whole world via Microsoft and Google.     Government has long been at war with liberty, claiming that we need to give up liberty to be secure.  Now we learn that they have been deliberately sabotaging our security, in order to augment their own power.  Time to shut down the CIA and all the other spy agencies.  They're not keeping us free OR secure, and they're doing it deliberately.  Their main function nowadays seems to be lying us into wars against countries that never attacked us, and had no plans to do so.

The Echelon Computer System Catch Everything
The Flagging goes to Notify the Appropriate Alphabet,,,...Key Words Phrases...Algorithms,...It all gets sucked up and chewed on and spat out to the surmised computed correct departments...That simple.

Effective immediately defund, Eliminate & Supeona it's Agents, Officials & Dept. Heads in regard to the Mass Surveillance, Global Espionage Spying network & monitoring of a President Elect by aforementioned Agencies & former President Obama, AG Lynch & DIA James Clapper.


Should read:

CIA Cheif Warns: "CIA plotting to 'take down America any way they can and find any willing partner to achieve that end'..."

Arnold's picture

Not a bad construct, chupy.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ whatswhat,


# Umbrage

Umbrage: The CIA's Remote Devices Branch's UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques 'stolen' from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation. With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the "fingerprints" of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.

Bezo's owns the Deep State's Operation Mockingbird CIA Presstitute mouth piece the WSJ & contact managing the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath CIA's Cloud.

trailer park boys's picture

Bezos owns the presstitute Washington Compost. Everything else is right on target.