Mike Pompeo has announced his intention to end Wikileaks in his very first public address. He said: “It ends now”, framing the group as a “non-state hostile intelligence service…” People would wonder then, why Wikileaks have been accused of being Russian state actors. So, Pompeo continues: “… [Wikileaks are] often abetted by state actors like Russia.” However, Pompeo has yet to provide any evidence in support of these claims.
I would have thought Donald Trump would have appointed someone who wasn’t intent on ending Wikileaks for the CIA director job, seeing as he is quoted as saying; “I love Wikileaks” in one of his speeches. This seems to be yet another consistency issue with Mr Trump, who stated that Wikileaks had done a public service releasing the documents on the DNC. Releasing the material unveiling huge overreach by the CIA however, may be another matter.
Julian Assange responded to Pompeos statement by saying; “so how does he propose to conduct this ending? He didn’t say. But the CIA is only in the business of collecting information, kidnapping people, and assassinating people. So, it’s quite a menacing statement that he does need to clarify.”
Menacing indeed. Assange also accused Pompeo of trying to regulate the boundaries of the first amendment, saying: “For the head of the CIA to pronounce what the boundaries are, of reporting or not reporting – is a very disturbing precedent. The head of the CIA determining who is a publisher, who’s not a publisher, who’s a journalist, who’s not a journalist, is totally out of line.”
These remarks are understandable considering Pompeo said: “We can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.” This is certainly an alarming statement. The first amendment is not about a federal government selectively dispensing the right to free speech, the first amendment is about limiting the federal governments power to silence publishers like Julian Assange.
A manhunt is now underway for the insider that leaked the CIA documents, sources have stated that either a CIA employee or a CIA contractor is the focus of the investigation. Much of the material was stored in a highly secure location, that only a few hundred people had access to. Reportedly, those names are now being looked at.