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

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

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.

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

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:

via zerohedge


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    April 22, 2019, 12:18 pm


  • Grover Wilkerson
    April 22, 2019, 12:42 pm

    This should worry every American about what the FBI and CIA really do.

    • Daryl Carlton@Grover Wilkerson
      April 22, 2019, 12:56 pm

      Grover, I’m sorry you didn’t know that’s what the CIA does. They are in the business of Lying, Cheating, Stealing and trading weapons for drugs. Maybe you are very young and don’t know about Col. Oliver North. Maybe you should research him and the CIA. The CIA, FBI, DOJ and many other Government Officials, Kim Fox for example, are in the business of lying to the American people.

    • PatrioTEA@Grover Wilkerson
      April 22, 2019, 8:07 pm

      Like I’ve been saying for 2 years or more, we need to completely dissolve these alphabet agencies and reform or rebuild them from scratch.

  • John Sowers
    April 22, 2019, 12:56 pm

    I attended a military academy and we had the honor code (don’t lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate those who do). In my military service and now civilian life those commitments are my moral bedrock, and it worked and works for me. And of interest, I first learned that at home from my parents.

    However, in war you must do what you have to do to win. I have lived and worked in countries (Germany and Taiwan) and losing a war is worse than horrible. And we are at war-RIGHT?

  • Helga
    April 22, 2019, 2:16 pm

    We already knew that! How else would Intelligencia operate but through deception and deceit which is actually lying and cheating! Look at the FBI, Comey, McKabe, Strzok and others at the top are first rate Liars and they are out there denying denying and denying. We can’t believe any of them, especially not Clapper and Brennan! Anybody who does not know this has been living under a rock!

    • Matt@Helga
      April 22, 2019, 2:55 pm


    • Glenn Bakeru@Helga
      April 22, 2019, 5:33 pm

      Helga, you nailed it…..dead center!
      And you gave a nice example of Intelligencia at work. It can not be otherwise, if it were why even bother? They are much needed Institutions, and lying, cheating, stealing is supposedly directed at others, not our own Nation, at the same time that is exactly what has happen due to ideology that has been political party directed since the inception of these Agencies…..and is at it’s very worse today.
      It has absolutely nothing to do with Religion or personal beliefs, it’s a job!

    • Bud Grounds@Helga
      April 22, 2019, 7:31 pm

      It was said the other day that a number of people in CIA and FBI were Liberals which could explain why they went after Trump.
      Having worked with the CIA, I have to say Glenn has it right and the bottom line is there are many dedicated people working in both agencies who aren’t involved in the dirty business of spying but a part of the intelligence gathering and many other responsibilities. The truth is all countries spy. The United Nations Representatives here from other nations are mostly spies and you know who has the responsibility to keep them in check.
      If I had to compare both of these agencies to our Congress, my preference would not be our Congress regarding lies, cheating and making extra money through illegal means.

  • Tom
    April 22, 2019, 2:58 pm

    The CIA MUST lie. The FBI MUST tell the truth. The State Department BEFORE Pompeo got there should have been abandoned in the ocean.


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