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CIA Head Threatens WikiLeaks — and a Free Press


pompeo2-1492168817-540x360Glenn Greenwald writes: “Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms.”

JESSELYN RADACK, jess [at], @jesselynradack, @xposefacts
Radack is national security and human rights director of the Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts. Her recent pieces include “What Have We Done: Executive Power, Trump, and Drones?” and “Is the Vault 7 Source a Whistleblower?” ExposeFacts is a project of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

NATHAN FULLER, nathanlfuller [at], @nathanlfuller, @couragefound
Fuller is with the Courage Foundation, which just released a statement: “The CIA director’s recent comments attacking WikiLeaks are deeply wrong-headed, hypocritical, and alarming. That Mike Pompeo has centered his first public address on targeting journalists and publishers suggests disturbingly skewed priorities. Admitting that his own agency’s mandate is ostensibly to collect information and find the truth, Mike Pompeo is now angry that WikiLeaks has provided just that service to Americans and people around the world, publishing source documents without the government’s spin. However misguided they may be, the Director’s remarks are serious and troubling. Journalists should be standing up in WikiLeaks’ defense, as a threat to WikiLeaks’ work is a threat to the United States’ free press as a whole. Finally, Pompeo suggested that WikiLeaks should focus its attention on autocratic regimes — we agree, and in that spirit, we’re looking forward to the next Vault 7 release.” Fuller used to work with the Bradley Manning Support Network.