Central Intelligence Agency director takes negative tone on group Trump has praised

Last month, WikiLeaks published purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools in a series of releases called "Vault 7".

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.

In fact, hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta revealed deep collusion, coordination and corruption between the media and Democrats.

He also accused Snowden of committing "treason" by leaking top-secret NSA files, adding that his disclosures have made it more hard for United States intelligence agencies to track terrorists and given them tools to hide in "digital forests".

"This is the kind of disclosure that undermines our security, our country and our well-being", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at the time, adding the president was "extremely concerned".

Speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event on Thursday, Pompeo condemned those who leaked classified information under the guise of altruism and whistleblowing, while acknowledging that there was more for agencies like the CIA to do to prevent leaks.

During the presidential campaign, Pompeo said, "Russian military intelligence, the GRU, had used WikiLeaks to release data of United States victims that the GRU had obtained through cyberoperations against the Democratic National Committee". But his harshest comments were reserved for people like former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2014 passed top-secret information on domestic U.S. surveillance efforts to journalists, and sites like Wikileaks.

US intelligence agencies in January said the hacks were meant to harm Clinton and benefit Donald Trump, who ultimately won the presidency. Pompeo also suggested denying "Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us".

U.S. intelligence agencies claim Democratic emails released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign had originally been hacked by Russian Federation to swing the election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton - in favor of Republican Donald Trump.

WikiLeaks embarrassed the USA intelligence agency last month by leaking its confidential documents. At a campaign rally in October in Pennsylvania he praised the releases and said, "I love WikiLeaks". "We know this because Assange and his ilk made common cause with dictators today".

The primary target of WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign was Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton. "It has encouraged its followers to find jobs at CIA in order to obtain intelligence", Pompeo said. Instead, he is only trying to expand his own celebrity. He said American intelligence also found that Russian state-owned television network RT actively collaborated with WikiLeaks.

According to WikiLeaks, Pompeo went on to say that he would "silence" the organization, and ensure that First Amendment protections are taken from them.

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