Unwitting at Best

14 April 2017

Cogito Ergo Non Serviam

CIA Director Calls Wikileaks Hostile Intelligence Service

Mike Pompeo, the new Director of the CIA, addressed the Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday. He said, "It's time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a nonstate hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia." This journal is in complete agreement with that statement. However, this journal has never believed otherwise of the operation. The members of the Trump administration, however, were less concerned about its nature just a few short months ago. Indeed, many of its personnel appear to have been relying on WikiLeaks in campaigning against Hillary Clinton, which at best, would make them unwitting agents of Russian intelligence.

In his speech, he explained that while the campaign was going on, "Russian military intelligence, the GRU, had used WikiLeaks to release data of US victims that the GRU had obtained through cyberoperations against the Democratic National Committee." That would make WikiLeaks a cut-out, a front organization that provides deniability to the true culprit.

Russian, and Soviet, active measures have always included the release of disinformation and compromising facts (disinformatsia and kompromat). The hacking of the DNC computers left a trail that pointed back to Russia; those well-informed about the case say the fingerprints were left behind deliberately, as if to say "and we can do it again." That the information from the DNC wound up on WikiLeaks and only Russian hackers had accessed the computers in the first place shows the relationship between Russian intelligence and WikiLeaks. Moreover, Wikileaks has released absolutely no information about Russian politicians or oligarchs that would harm President Vladimir Putin. WikiLeaks is clearly on the Kremlin's side.

Where this becomes messy for Mr. Pompeo is when his own Twitter feed is examined. "Need further proof that the fix was in from Pres. Obama on down? BUSTED: 19,252 Emails from DNC Leaked by WikiLeaks," he tweeted in July 2016. In other words, he was quite happy to disseminate the kompromat because is suited his purposes. The term is "fellow traveler."

Of course, he wasn't the only one tied up in WikiLeaks and Russia. General Michael Flynn, the National Security Adviser for a few weeks who famously sat beside Mr. Putin at a dinner celebrating the Russian propaganda TV channel RT, received support from WikiLeaks. "Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns after destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, press," the site tweeted. His pro-Russia attitude made his departure a loss for the Kremlin.

Of course, a fish rots from the head, and in this case, Mr. Trump has a record as one of WikiLeaks' biggest supporters/defenders. He simply shouted from the podium during one of his rallies in the campaign, "I love WikiLeaks!" When the US intelligence agencies informed President-Elect Trump that WikiLeaks got the DNC emails from Russian intelligence, he denied it. On January 4, 2017, he 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!" And Mr. Trump said during another campaign event, "I will tell you this, Russia: If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

The administration has run into a fact for which there is no alternative. The Russians put their thumb on the scale to defeat Hillary Clinton and many of the people in the Trump campaign, whether in open collusion or merely because it was useful in their pursuits, helped spread disinformatsia and kompromat. Their work furthered the interests of Dzerzhinsky Square. They now are in a position where they are no longer allies of the Russian intelligence community but rather are targets; any US administration is. Given how badly they have compromised themselves, though, the investigations ahead will either lead to a great many falling from a great height, or a cover-up that may damage the Republican Party for years.

© Copyright 2017 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Ubuntu Linux.

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