Center for Strategic & International Studies

At an event at the Center for Strategic & International Studies this afternoon, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went all in on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks during his prepared remarks, branding it "a non-state hostile intelligence service":

  • "WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service."
  • "[Assange] knows nothing of America and our ideals."
  • "Their currency is clickbait, their moral compass non-existent."
  • "Assange is a narcissist who creates nothing of value…he's a fraud, a coward hiding behind a screen."

Flashback: Pompeo shared hacked DNC emails from WikiLeaks via his official congressional Twitter account last July.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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Amy Harder, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Science

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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