CIA Director Mike Pompeo says that WikiLeaks is trying to plant moles in U.S. intelligence agencies


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While Donald Trump has a strange relationship with WikiLeaks, Washington, D.C., and the intelligence agencies have made it clear that they’re no fans of the site. In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in D.C. on Thursday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo didn’t mince words when talking about the organization. Pompeo stated, “WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service.”

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While a number of U.S. intelligence agencies have stated that they believe Russian hackers were behind the trove of e-mails released by WikiLeaks, the organization has said that no foreign actors were involved. Pompeo went a step further and said that WikiLeaks “has encouraged its followers to find jobs at the CIA in order to obtain intelligence.”

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At another point in his speech, Pompeo stated, “That Assange is nothing short of a hero to these terrorists is reprehensible […] frankly our government has not done enough looking at this new risk.” The CIA Director’s attack on WikiLeaks is a change of stance for him, as less than a year ago, he was sharing WikiLeaks documents via Twitter.

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