CIA Director Mike Pompeo just publicly spoke out against WikiLeaks, in yet another display of a member of the Trump administration breaking from the President.
In his first major public appearance, Pompeo called Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks a “non-state hostile intelligence service.”
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Pompeo added that services like these are “often abetted by state actors like Russia.” Aside from WikiLeaks, Pompeo was referring to Edward Snowden, whom he also criticized for leaking secret information about NSA surveillance before ultimately seeking refuge in Russia.
Per The Hill:
Pompeo cited the intelligence community’s January report concluding that the GRU, Russia’s foreign military intelligence unit, used WikiLeaks to release hacked emails from the DNC to influence the presidential election.
The report also found that Russia’s state-controlled media outlet RT actively collaborated with WikiLeaks in an influence campaign during the election.
Trump, however, has taken a much softer stance on WikiLeaks, who targeted his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail by leaking her campaign manager’s e-mails. Trump has gone as far as declaring, “I love WikiLeaks.”
It’s not unlike Trump to blindly support those who have supported him in the past. Many of the members of Trump’s own cabinet – although egregiously unqualified – were those most loyal to him during his campaign, including Ben Carson and Betsy DeVos.
With Trump’s own administration speaking out against these “non-state hostile intelligence services” while Trump defends them, Americans are getting a clearer indication by the day of who has their best interests in mind. As Pompeo speaks out against the dangers of leaking sensitive information, Trump is only concerned with rewarding those who stroke his ego and assert their loyalty to him.
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