Pompeo called the intelligence leaking site Wikileaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service” often backed by Russia at the CSIS on Thursday.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo called the intelligence leaking site Wikileaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service” often backed by Russia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Thursday.
“Russian military intelligence, the GRU, had used Wikileaks to release data of U.S. victims that the GRU had obtained through cyber operations against the Democratic National Committee,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo added that Russia’s state-run media outlet in the United States, RT, coordinated with Wikileaks.
Referencing a self-promoting Washington Post piece by Wikileaks head Julian Assange, Pompeo said that Assange had no allegiance to American virtues.
“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.
Throughout the campaign and transition period, then-candidate Trump and his inner circle questioned intelligence reports that Russia was behind the hacks of Democratic operatives. However, Pompeo’s remarks exemplified the Trump administration’s shift in attitude toward the Kremlin.
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