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.