Trump Attacks Assange And Snowden By And Through His New CIA Director Pompeo

Had it not been for men like Eric Snowden and Julian Assange, Hillary Clinton would very probably be President of the United States.  Interestingly, the man who benefited most from the revelations of secret inner workings of the Bush and Obama organizations, which Snowden and Assange exposed, has suddenly turned CIA Director Mike Pompeo loose on them.  Mr. Pompeo, a graduate of West Point, has a very impressive resume.  He is now a very powerful man who was recently tasked with vilifying Snowden and Assange.

However, as a very close friend commented to me, there would have been no President Donald Trump without the works of Eric Snowden and Julian Assange, by and through Wikileaks.

Mr. Pompeo, his vehement denials of the validity of negative reports about the often-maligned, besmirched reputation of his organization notwithstanding, is the man who runs a bureau which specializes in gathering all kinds of salacious information on people and governments – then massaging it, bending it, twisting it, and using it to accomplish various political and military outcomes.

I worked in law enforcement for twenty-plus years and dealt with my share of intelligence information.  Intel is not gathered from Sunday church-goers at the afternoon ice cream social.  Intel comes from interrogating the most  shady, unprincipled, often dangerous people imaginable, who trade their information for favors.  It comes from the depths of humanity.  It is never handed over without a price.  There is seldom an altruistic snitch to be found.

The business of the CIA is the business of the CIA – not necessarily the business of the best interests of the American People.  And they are not always right in their analyses of what is going on in any particular place.  It is also not a troop of Boy Scouts.  Organizations like the CIA specialize in producing mind-bending dezinformatsia.

But, to return to what Mr. Pompeo is now doing to Snowden and Assange, who are really heroes in what they exposed about the perfidy within the American government:

To this point, no one, no one, has ever challenged the veracity of any information released by either Assange or Snowden.

Mr. Pompeo may, as loudly as he wishes, extol the virtues and lofty principles of the people in his organization.  The fact of the matter is that gathering intelligence information is a filthy business.  What is even dirtier than the information gathered is often the manner in which it is then used to manipulate minds.

Lastly, given the above-the-law powers granted CIA operatives, particularly on foreign soil, Mr. Snowden and Mr. Assange will be well-advised to look to their personal safety.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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