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Corporate Media Worked With U.S. Intelligence To Out Pentagon Leaks Suspect
The arrest of the alleged Pentagon leaks suspect was made possible by the NYT, WaPo, and the notorious U.S. Intelligence-linked group, Bellingcat.
In the interest of never letting a good crisis go to waste, the Biden Admin is now reportedly planning to increase its surveillance of social media and online chatrooms...
The alleged suspect behind the Pentagon leaks has been arrested, the New York Times is bragging about working with the notorious CIA-linked group Bellingcat to help track him down AND the Biden Administration is reportedly using the entire situation to increase its own surveillance powers… because why would they let a good crisis go to waste?
We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get into it… A 21-year-old man was seen being arrested by the FBI this week outside of his parents’ home. He’s a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, and the main suspect behind the publication of a trove of classified documents that have become known as “the Pentagon leaks.”
But this isn’t a story about why a 21-year-old apparently had access to highly classified information. This is a story about how he was tracked down, with the help of the corporate media.
While the documents were reportedly first shared in a server on the decentralized platform Discord back in January, they started making the rounds in recent weeks on social media, after one of the 20 members in the “Thug Shaker Central” group began to share the documents with other servers.
To anyone who is paying attention, the details in those documents weren’t exactly ground-breaking. In fact, in many ways they confirmed what we already know about the U.S. Government, which is that it has a long history on spying on both its enemies and its allies.
While some were surprised to find that list included the surveillance of Zelensky in Ukraine, Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Journalist Seymour Hersh released a report revealing that the U.S. Government is well aware that Zelensky has embezzled around $400 MILLION worth of U.S. aid sent to his country.
It’s a reminder that, if we’ve learned anything from the U.S. Government’s treatment of Germany—a nation is only considered an “ally,” as long as it is fully compliant with the demands of the U.S. establishment. And Zelensky isn’t just playing the part—he’s getting paid handsomely for it.
The leaks also included plenty of information that both Washington and the allies it wants to stay in good graces with do NOT want to be made public, such as the UK and its special forces on the ground in Ukraine.
That led the spokesperson for the White House National Security Council to lash out at the media for reporting on the documents on Monday, saying, "This is information that has no business in the public domain. It has no business on the front pages of newspapers or on television. It should not be out there.”
You would think there would be some pushback there from what is supposed to be the “Fourth Estate” in America, but instead, Fox News Chief National Security correspondent Jennifer Griffin revealed on Tuesday that they’ve actually agreed NOT to published the documents at all, saying, "Fox News has agreed, along with other news organizations, not to publish the leaked highly classified documents."
You truly can’t make this up—and what’s notable here is that the Biden Administration told them not to report on the leaks, but it didn’t say anything about reporting on the suspect behind the leaks, which is what the Washington Post decided to do.
On Wednesday, the Post published audio of an interview with an anonymous individual who claimed to be a member of the Discord server where the documents were initially shared – and who zeroed in on the individual was responsible, revealing that the steps the user called “O.G.” went through to share the classified information with his friends.
The New York Times was conducting a similar manhunt of its own, and the article it published on Thursday about the suspect’s arrest included one very notable paragraph, which stated that FBI officials said they had been zeroing in on the suspect for several days, quote “tracking their own investigative clues as well as some of the same information that The Times and The Washington Post had developed about the Discord group where he had shared the documents.”
So, are we supposed to assume that the FBI started each day by reading the latest articles from the Times and the Post to find out what they knew about the suspect behind the leaked documents? Well, let’s just say they didn’t have to put in that much effort…
In an article published on Sunday, the Times interviewed their star investigator, Aric Toler, who they described as “a freelance reporter who works with us.”
It turns out that Toler has another title… he’s also the Director of Training and Research for Bellingcat—the group that describes itself as “the home of online investigations.”
But that has also long been described as a CIA front group… with Foreign Policy .com describing it in 2020 with the headline, “Bellingcat Can Say What U.S. Intelligence Can’t.”
The investigative group Declassified UK reported in January 2022 that one of Bellingcat’s top donors just happens to be the U.S. government-funded National Endowment for Democracy, which has been sending an unknown amount of money to the group since at least 2017.
But it’s not just the money—as Mint Press News reported in April 2021 that several Bellingcat employees have ties to US and UK Intelligence
So, the FBI didn’t have to do much work at all, when they had a CIA-linked team posing as investigative journalists doing it for them.
And what is the Biden Administration up to?
Well, reports say that it is already looking for ways to expand its powers when it comes to monitoring social media sites and chatrooms.
Which makes the timing of the proposed RESTRICT Act all the more notable, as it is rightfully being called the PATRIOT Act for social media and introducing a broad new set of powers over the American people that the U.S. Government is sure to abuse.
See, the response to the Pentagon leaks is a reminder that the U.S. Government never lets a good crisis go to waste. But it’s also a reminder that instead of asking why THEY were being told not to report on it, or why this is all being pinned on a 21-year-old who never should have had access to those highly classified documents in the first place, corporate media in the U.S. have become so shameless that they are following orders from the Government and offering the leaker up on a silver platter. Because just like the politicians in Congress, their loyalty is to their special interests who make them money and allow them to continue to be a part of the establishment—and that’s something everyone should be talking about.