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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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney
The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.
Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.
"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.
Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump
Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.
For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.
Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.
‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff
CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.
"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.