On Saturday, the CIA Twitter account appeared to threaten WikiLeaks and whistleblowers in an ominous tweet
The tweet said WikiLeaks should not be “certain” they are protecting the people who provide them with information
Despite enjoying the DNC email leaks, Pompeo’s first speech as Director of CIA targeted WikiLeaks, along with found Julian Asange
Earlier in the year, WikiLeaks was responsible for the largest CIA leak in history
Twitter users were shocked on Saturday after the official Twitter account for the CIA directed an ominous tweet at Wikileaks and the citizen whistleblowers who provide the organization with information.
The tweet appears to be from CIA Director Mike Pompeo and passive-aggressively accuses WikiLeaks of not being able to provide protection for those that providing them with “classified information & other secrets.”
DCIA Pompeo: WikiLeaks may think they are protecting those who provide them with classified information & other secrets, but they should not be certain of that.
Reagan National Defense Forum
The #RNDF hashtag is for the upcoming fifth annual Reagan National Defense Forum at which Pompeo will be speaking. The “Mission Statement” for the RNDF reads as follows.
The Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF) brings together leaders and key stakeholders in the defense community – including members of Congress, military leaders, industry, scholars, and administration officials – to address the health of our national defense and stimulate discussions that promote policies to strengthen the U.S. military. In an era of geopolitical uncertainty where the threats to our national security are increasing in number and complexity, RNDF annually convenes leaders in the defense community to discuss and debate how best to deal with these challenges. Though President Reagan left office many years ago, the United States military continues to benefit from his commitment and vision for a strong defense. Recognizing that today’s decisions will affect our military capabilities for years to come, RNDF charges leaders from current and past Administrations and Congress to look beyond the immediate issues facing our armed forces and explore how we can build peace through strength for the future.
During his time as a Kansas Congressman, Pompeo credited WikiLeaks after the DNC email leak. In July 2016, Pompeo tweeted, “Need further proof that the fix was in from Pres. Obama on down? BUSTED: 19,252 Emails from DNC Leaked by WikiLeaks.”
Not even a year later, Pompeo targeted WikiLeaks during his first speech as Director of the CIA. “WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service,” Mr. Pompeo said.
To support his claim, Pompeo mentioned when WikiLeaks encouraged people to work for the CIA to steal secrets. Pompeo believes the organization “overwhelmingly focuses on the United States while seeking support from antidemocratic countries.” During that speech, Pompeo called WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a “narcissist” and “a fraud, a coward hiding behind a screen.”
It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a nonstate hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.
It should come as no surprise that Pompeo has a grudge against Asange and Wikileaks. Just a month before Pompeo’s speech, WikiLeaks was responsible for the largest CIA file leak in history. Thousands of pages were leaked, which described sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the CIA to break into smartphones, computers and Internet-connected televisions.
The leaked documents acted as a comprehensive technical catalog of tools. They also included instructions for compromising a long list of computer tools and services, such as Skype, PDF documents, WiFi networks, and antivirus software.
The tech world was extremely disturbed when it was revealed that the C.I.A. and allied intelligence services were able to compromise both Apple and Android smartphones. According to WikiLeaks, the CIA is able to bypass encryptions from services like Signal, WhatsApp and Telegram. WikiLeaks stated that officers can penetrate any smartphone and collect “audio and message traffic before encryption is applied.”
More disturbing than the ongoing battle between Pompeo and Wikileaks is the CIA’s ominous threat towards whistleblowers that send information to WikiLeaks. According to the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, the federal government is supposed to protect those that work for the government and report misconduct, which is one of many reasons the CIA’s tweet is concerning to say the least.