In a speech on Thursday afternoon, CIA Director Mike Pompeo drew a bead on WikiLeaks.com, saying that the organization behaves like a “non-state hostile intelligence agency” in relation to the United States.
Pompeo said that if Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and the WikiLeaks collective had been around in the 1930s, they “would have found themselves on the wrong side of history” given WikiLeaks’ support of modern dictators.
“As long as they make a splash” with the publication of purloined documents, Pompeo said, “they care nothing about the lives they put at risk or the damage they cause to national security.”
“WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service,” Pompeo said. “It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it is: a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”
“I’m quite confident that if Assange had been around in the 30s and the 40s and the 50s, he would have found himself on the wrong side of history,” Pompeo said. “We know this because Assange and his ilk make common cause with dictators today.”
WikiLeaks and Assange positioned themselves as major players in the 2016 election, leaking documents hacked from the servers of the Democratic National Committee and from the email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.
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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.
Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.
"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.