WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange slammed efforts to officially class his whistleblowing organization as a “non-state hostile intelligence service” – branding it an attempt to put the 'Pompeo Doctrine' into law. The Senate Intelligence Committee is proposing a provision in its annual 'intelligence authorization' bill to declare WikiLeaks as such. Assange tweeted a statement describing it as “absurd” to brand media organizations in such a way. “It is equivalent to suggesting that the CIA is a media organization. Publishers publish what they obtain,” Assange said. “Intelligence agencies do not.” In April, CIA Director Mike Pompeo branded WikiLeaks a 'hostile non-state intelligence agency' which should not be afforded the protections of the First Amendment under the constitution.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.