CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently made the headlines with his pontificating: the pride before the fall.
Pompeo is quoted as saying this: “Julian Assange has no First Amendment freedoms. He’s sitting in an embassy in London. He’s not a U.S. citizen.”
Pompeo is under the false assumption that US jurisdiction reaches across the Atlantic. Pompeo can fantasize all he wants, but an Australian citizen in an Ecuadorian Embassy in Great Britain is beyond the legal reach of American law. Assange does not need permission from Pompeo to do anything.
I am making this point without necessarily accepting the narrative that Wikileaks is legitimate. Wikileaks is partially in the business of helping cover up certain things, it seems, while timing the release of other things. Are they sitting on bombshell information? Yes. Will Wikileaks ever release it? I have no idea.
Pompeo’s argument reminds me of the claim made by US Customs and Immigrations at the US border, that they can do whatever they want, and that people in transit have zero rights, because visitors (including US citizens) are not yet in the United States. Then what are these agency’s officers even doing there? Please get out of my way, and let me know when I’ve entered the US.
Referring to Edward Snowden, Pompeo appointed himself judge, jury and executioner, declaring that Snowden “… should be brought back from Russia and given due process, and I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence.” Sounds like due process to me!
We have a True Believer here with Pompeo, who wanted to continue CIA secret prisons and exempt interrogators from anti-torture laws. Torture has no real intelligence-gathering value, but it is a favored category of puppet-master porn.
Pompeo is adept at Orwellian doublethink and Newspeak. He wants to stop Wikileaks from using “free speech values against us.”
This 1984 thinking appears in another one of Pompeo’s political positions. Pompeo’s 2014 “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” actually prevents the 50 states from requiring any mandatory GMO food labeling!
It could be that Mike Pompeo is just acting a part, and that this is not even his real name, which sounds too similar to “pompous” to be authentic.
I hope that Pompeo is a method actor really getting into his role – and not just another natural-born blowhard.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/14/cia-director-suggests-us-will-shut-down-wikileaks/#ixzz4eqa7N75a