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Newly Declassified Govt Docs Reveal Operation Mockingbird is Alive and Well

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An agency of the U.S. government was exposed trying to control the public narrative over WikiLeaks in 2011 by influencing media outlets coverage, as revealed in the latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department.

The emails from Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs at the time, Philip J. Crowley, expose the U.S. State Department “planting” a number of “questions and concerns” with CBS News for a 60 minutes piece on WikiLeaks, featuring Julian Assange.

“I just received confirmation from 60 Minutes that a piece on Julian Assange will air Sunday night. He will be the only person featured…” Crowley wrote. “60 Minutes assures me that they raised a number of questions and concerns we planted with them during the course of the interview.”

According to a report by Shadow Proof:

While it is unknown what questions and concerns were “planted,” Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” asked Assange if he was anti-American, if he deserved prosecution because some say he operates outside the rules, why he runs a secretive organization when he is committed to exposing secrets, what he thinks of people who see him as a “cult-like figure,” and whether he is an agitator trying to “sabotage” governments.

Having representatives of the federal government attempt to influence and guide the narrative, of what is purported to the American public to be “a free and independent press,” can only be described as the symptoms of repressive authoritarian system that is out of control.

It seems that Operation Mockingbird is running strongly in 2015, under whatever code name it now operates.

For those unfamiliar, Operation Mockingbird was a CIA operation began as the Cold War ramped up in the 1950’s. In an attempt to gather intelligence and influence public opinion, the CIA recruited journalists from across the United States.

The program officially operated for nearly three decades, and was deeply embedded in the fabric of American journalism. These compromised journalists provided the CIA direct access to some of the most prestigious media outlets in the country.

The scope of the infiltration of the media was vast, encompassing newspapers, periodicals, press services, news agencies, radio and television stations, book publishers and foreign media outlets. It appears that these propaganda relationships are still ongoing between the U.S. government and corporate media outlets.

Although the U.S. State Department frames this incident as simple assistance, the evidence of the government using the media to forward a selected narrative to propagandize the American people is apparent.

“We had a number of suggestions for outside experts and former diplomats to interview to ‘balance’ the piece,” Crowley wrote in an email to CBS News.

While the federal position is that they were simply assisting CBS in providing “balance” in their program; why would a government need to assist a professional news organization in finding equilibrium in their reporting?

This is yet another example of why the mainstream media’s reporting always needs to be intensely scrutinized, as you can never be sure exactly whose agenda is at work behind the scenes.


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPressNews and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu

  • SF_10th_Grp

    More Secretary Clinton dirty tricks.

    • BornAMileHigh

      surely you realize it’s bigger than that, right???? George Soros has been funding blacklivesmatter along with his transgender agenda to corrupt and dismantle this country’s culture. We’re talking NWO, not hillary. Hillary is just a mere well-paid puppet in the NWO’s marionette theater…

      • Nirvana

        When oh when will dinosaur Soros keel over? That will call for a big celebration. Then again, I’m sure he’s training his minions to continue his destructive legacy.

        • BornAMileHigh

          You’re RIGHT! The scary part is he has FOUR sons chomping at the bit for their turn…

          • Nirvana

            I didn’t know that. We are doomed.

          • BornAMileHigh

            I know they were raised to hate us little people, but they are soft. They make bad decisions. We shall see…

      • Janet Witt

        Keep trying but they won’t listen.This has been going on for thousands of years.I truly believe the bible is the key to it all.Instead of being what we were told it is.It’s really just a battle plan to get all the sheeple go the NWO way willingly.Watch it’s going to happen all will just follow into it.

        • BornAMileHigh

          Janet, you are ONE SMART LADY!!!!!!!! I don’t know you, but I love you just the same, because you can SEE IT!!!!

        • BornAMileHigh

          Also, please go look up on youtube.com, it will give you goose bumps 😀
          Trump Chosen by God To Stop America’s Destruction – Astounding 2011 Prophecy

        • James M. Gilbert

          Hillary “the Whore of Babylon” ??? I hope not or we are doomed….if not she is a close replica

      • Moises Aguirre

        See y’all right wing people keep getting misdirected because you believe there’s is a religious dimension to this. The end result of all this is imperialism nothing more. The NWO is the same as the project for The new american century: the wolfowitz doctrine ie. Global domination by American bussiness enforced by military action and political repression

        • BornAMileHigh

          see y’all leftist, progressive socialists keep getting misdirected because you believe there IS NO GOD. You people boo’d Him THREE TIMES during the making of your “platform.” If you and your cronies hate America so much, why not just leave and go be a socialist somewhere else? After all, this IS a big world!!!

          You act like you’re living in a 60s commune. I hate to break it to you sparky, but even in the commune EVERYONE HAD TO WORK and contribute!!!!

  • Moises Aguirre

    Ok y’all saw what they did to BERNIE SANDER’s DANK MEME STASH on Facebook. How many pages with half a million users do you know of that sold out to porn scamers??? That shit had CIA written all over it. We’re under assault people. Everyone that legitimately wants change and recognizes the need for revolution in this country is in danger. This shit is scary. I’m scared they’re going to start killing leftist soon.