In his Wednesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey labeled the WikiLeaks revelations as “intelligence porn.” The director was discussing the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Comey made the remark after one committee member, Sen. Ben Sasse, asked him why his bureau doesn’t consider the pro-transparency website a legitimate news organization.
Comey acknowledged that everyone in America cares about the First Amendment and the ability of journalists to get their info from sources and eventually publish it. However, he thinks that there is a thin line between educating the public and “intelligence porn.”
To my mind, [WikiLeaks] crosses a line when it moves from being about trying to educate a public and instead just becomes about intelligence porn, frankly,
Comey told the Senator.
Comey Suggests WikiLeaks Helped Russia Undermine U.S. Election
The FBI chief noted that the hacktivist website is pushing out info by completely ignoring interest and the First Amendment. This is why, the United States’ rivals such as the Russian spy community were able to use the website to publish info that severely damaged the U.S.’ election processes.
WikiLeaks is a whistle-blowing website that is dedicated to publishing classified documents to educate the public. When foreign hackers stole thousands of documents from the Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the organization publicized them on the Internet.
However, when questioned further by Senator Al Franken about the possibility of President Trump having dealings with the Russians Comey refused to answer questions.
The U.S. government accused Russian spies of handing the information to the site to undermine Clinton’s campaign and help Trump win the election. Many of the published files were politically damaging and Clinton had to put up with weeks of negative coverage. On Tuesday, the former presidential candidate said she lost the presidential race partially because of the disclosures.
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