CIA chief: WikiLeaks is 'hostile intelligence service'

In his first public remarks since becoming chief of the US spy agency in February, Pompeo focused on the anti-secrecy group as one of the key threats facing the United States.

CIA chief: WikiLeaks is 'hostile intelligence service'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday branded WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence service," saying it threatens democratic nations and joins hands with dictators.

"WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service. It has encouraged its followers to find jobs at CIA in order to obtain intelligence... And it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States, while seeking support from anti-democratic countries and organizations," said Pompeo.

"It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is –- a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia."

The CIA was hurt and embarrassed by WikiLeaks's release last month of a large number of files and computer code from the agency's top secret hacking operations.

They showed how the CIA exploits vulnerabilities in popular computer and networking hardware and software to gather intelligence.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange criticized the US agency for not telling the tech industry and authorities about those vulnerabilities so they can be fixed.

Pompeo said Assange portrays himself as a crusader but in fact helps enemies of the United States, including playing a role in Russia's interference in last year's US presidential election.

"Assange and his ilk make common cause with dictators today. Yes, they try unsuccessfully to cloak themselves and their actions in the language of liberty and privacy; in reality, however, they champion nothing but their own celebrity. Their currency is clickbait; their moral compass, nonexistent."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Nisan 2017, 00:00