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Wikileaks Is A 'Non-State, Hostile Intelligence Service — CIA Director

He also described the Russian state-owned television network, RT, as that country's "primary propaganda outlet" and said it actively collaborated with WikiLeaks. The CIA has neither confirmed nor denied their veracity.

He then blasted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as "a fraud" and "a coward, hiding behind a screen", and he criticized National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for championing "nothing but his own celebrity".

"CIA has been a crucial player in the global campaign against nuclear proliferation", Pompeo said in his remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a top American think-tank.

Pompeo said disclosures by Assange and Snowden have done "great harm to our nation's national security and they will continue to do so in the long term", adding that the revelations have hurt the US's relations with foreign partners.

The former Republican congressman called WikiLeaks "a non-state hostile intelligence service, often abetted by state actors like Russia" on Thursday, during his first public remarks since being confirmed as director of the spy agency.

He claimed that - rather than opposing dictators and autocratic regimes - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was guilty of siding with them.

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"These are not reporters doing good work", Pompeo said. "These are people who are recruiting agents to steal American secrets with the sole intent of destroying the American way of life".

"The false narratives that increasingly define our public discourse can not be ignored", Pompeo said.

Of course, more than a few current administration officials, including President Trump, offered praise for WikiLeaks' releases during the 2016 campaign.

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Mr Pompeo went on to tell the audience that Russia's GRU intelligence service had used Wikileaks to distribute hacked material during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In January, Assange denied that Russian Federation was the source for his leaks.

The CIA had no comment on Pompeo's July tweet. He was an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and the USA nuclear agreement with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.

The U.S. and the Central Intelligence Agency can shame Assange publicly and fortify information systems, he said.

"The list of Iranian transgressions has increased dramatically since the date that the JCPOA was signed", Pompeo said.

Pompeo was also caught in a hack-related contradiction. Sen.

On North Korea, Pompeo said Pyongyang is pursuing development of a long-range missile capable of hitting the United States.

"We can never truly eliminate the threat but we can mitigate and manage it", he said.

If you're wondering what all this means, so are many people. "It ends now", Pompeo said.

Pompeo says he's working hard to strengthen relationships with our allies.

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