“I Was The CIA Director – We Lied, We Cheated, We Stole”

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Above Photo: “We lied, we cheated, we stole” said Pompeo last week of his time in the CIA, via Getty images

Former CIA director and now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has long accused WikiLeaks of being a “non-state hostile intelligence agency”, usually manipulated by Russia. Since Pompeo first made this claim as CIA Director in April 2017, countless major US news sources from NPR to CNN to the Washington Post have uncritically repeated the line, smearing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as “Russian agents,” and more broadly using the narrative to stifle independent journalism and government whistleblowers.

But whether Pompeo or any other current or former CIA director makes such a bombastic claim without offering evidence — such as more recently asserting that China and Russia have “helped destroy” Venezuela through faltering investments, should anyone ever believe a high CIA official? Certainly the mainstream media routinely takes intelligence officials simply at their word, but Pompeo himself recently admitted the CIA is in the business of lying, cheating, and stealing.

Last week Mike Pompeo spoke at Texas A&M University, itself long known for being a favored recruiting ground of the CIA, considering too that one of the university’s last presidents, Robert Gates, was CIA chief and later served as Bush and Obama’s Secretary of Defense.

During the Q&A session, Pompeo boasted that in the CIA both the training and culture are geared toward the following:

“We lied, we cheated, we stole.”

Interestingly, a Christian religious news broadcaster was the only media that seemed to pick up on Pompeo’s words last week, and described it as follows: “that’s not the resume of the Secretary of State… that’s the resume of Satan.”

The former CIA chief and now Secretary of State said the following:

“What’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s —  it was like — we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.” — Texas A&M University (April 15, 2019)

Though some level of deception might be expected of spies placed in foreign settings to commit espionage, it’s interesting that Pompeo framed it in terms “the glory of the American experiment” — as if the CIA and government officials treat lying as a great American past time.

Certainly Pompeo’s frank admission is something to remember the next time intelligence officials weigh in on anything in front of the US domestic population.

Another interesting and worrisome remark concerned Pompeo’s vision of diplomacy as Secretary of State: “Diplomacy and military strike go hand in hand,” Pompeo said. “They are indeed intimately related; each relies on the other.”

Here are Pompeo’s full Q&A remarks at Texas A&M last week:

  • Infarction

    Pompeo’s brags that he lied, cheated and stole when he was CIA director. Doubtless, he was exercising these practices well before then. His comments could only come from a psychopath. His antisocial personality emerged when he was a child and his mental disease is now in full flower. This arrogant twit maintains the perfect resume to hold a high position in the criminal enterprise run by the US government.

  • potshot

    Often here Pompeo’s consciousness has him playing a part in a Star Wars movie. He boasts, “I’ve got it all.” At least that’s diplomatic. Christian too. He reeks of militarism. In the State Department. Among the crises he refers to the environmental is not one. Indeed he implies solutions – wars of regime change – that will exacerbate it. The forum dims the mic on any question that’s not flattering and fawning. USAmericans should be embarrassed to bestow upon such riffraff positions of power and respect. Nietzsche warned of this: “When the Christian reaches for power make no mistake what’s at stake: a will to the end.”

  • Pat moore

    Could he have added, “we murdered”?

  • Neville

    President Reagan accused Russia of being the evil empire ?

  • mwildfire

    The important thing to understand is that this psychological profile is not only the perfect one for the positions he’s held–it’s an ironclad requirement. If you’ve ever shown any glint of moral feeling, you’re the wrong person for those jobs. Jobs which they pretend serve the American people–you know, dirty job but someone’s got to do it. No. No one has to or should do it, and the service is not to the American people but to empire and its beneficiaries in the 1%

  • Steven Berge

    With all the sabre rattling and the extreme push for fracking, it does seem like christians are trying to induce armageddon and the end times. They probably are looking forward to the rapture.

  • potshot

    They are disgusting. It’s not just Pompeo. But he’s got to be the worst. At the outset Pompeo suggests that “The Lord” is the power behind his power. At the same time militaristically making a glance of bowed reverence for the Unseen. Then essentially threatens universal annihilation. Only extinction will stop US politics sinking any lower. A West Point graduate holding the highest office of diplomacy in the US government. With missions. And objectives. And operations. While the students at A & M slobber all over him.

    Don’t get me wrong. Some of the dearest people I’ve met are Christians. But as a rule one does well, as Bertrand Russell advised of saints, to consider them guilty until proven innocent.

  • dan

    Funny, when Omar questioned why anyone ought to listen to Abrams for similar reasons nobody else seemed to hold that against him….

  • Paul Kruger

    This guy is a white supremacist