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Comey: WikiLeaks Produces ‘Intelligence Porn,’ Not Real Journalism

FBI Director James Comey used part of his Wednesday hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee to talk about why WikiLeaks is an “intelligence porn” agency that pretends to be a legitimate news organization.

Senator Ben Sasse asked Comey to elaborate on why the FBI views WikiLeaks as a “tool of foreign intelligence” instead of pro-transparency organization. The FBI director explained that WikiLeaks “crosses a line when it moves from being about trying to educate the public, and instead just becomes about intelligence porn.”

Comey went on to say that WikiLeaks is not a journalistic outfit because it is more concerned with releasing sensitive information to damage governments, and less interested in standard news gathering and keeping the public informed. Comey also took the opportunity to reiterate the FBI’s view that the organization and its founder Julian Assange are connected with the Russian government.

“Just pushing out information about sources and methods without regard to the First Amendment values that normally underly press reporting, and simply becomes a conduit for the Russian intelligence services – or some other adversaries of the United States – just to push out information to damage the United States. Reasonable people can struggle to draw a line, but there’s nothing that even smells journalistic.”

If you were wondering, WikiLeaks has reacted to Comey’s description of them:

Watch above, via CNN.

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