April 14, 2017
“We have to attack Russia, because they supposedly helped my side win the election.”
All these U-turns are making me dizzy.
This guy is a Trump appointee, yet he comes out against Wikileaks, which helped Trump win? What the hell is this?
I guess any excuse is valid if it’s a reason to continue escalating tensions with Russia.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo made his first public appearance as the agency’s spy leader Thursday, issuing a blistering indictment of the website Wikileaks, Russia, and its wide-ranging operation to influence the US election — criticisms that signaled a clear divide between Langley and the White House.
“We at CIA find the celebration of entities like WikiLeaks to be both perplexing and deeply troubling,” Pompeo told a packed room at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a foreign-policy think-tank in downtown DC.
President Donald Trump, Pompeo’s boss, famously praised Wikileaks in 2016 for publishing the emails of his then-Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and publicly encouraged Russia to release more of her hacked emails.
Despite that, the relationship between the intelligence community and the White House, Pompeo said, is “fantastic.”
Presumably, this means that the anti-Russian and anti-Wikileaks stance is now the official White House position as well. Trump just didn’t get around to doing a U-turn on it yet in an official capacity.
Assange better start making himself at home under that bus.
Is Trump going to come out and claim Hillary was a tragic victim of Russian hacking, and that Wikileaks was fake news after all?