The Washington Post recently released a story in which they claimed to have received word of a secret CIA assessment that concluded Russia had interfered in the United States election process. Though they did not disclose any specifics on the matter, and even contradicted themselves a few times.

“For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin ‘directing’ the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said,” The Washington Post reported. Later adding that the CIA “declined to comment” on the secret assessment they claim was released by the CIA.

It also just so happens that the CIA has a $600 million deal with the owner of The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos, who also owns the online retail giant Amazon. Bezos purchased The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million just a few months before his CIA deal was made.

The deal is rather simple: Amazon provides a “private cloud” for the CIA to use for its data storage and retrieval needs. In 2013, the Institute for Public Accuracy had some concerns over the matter.

“When the main shareholder in one of the very largest corporations in the world benefits from a massive contract with the CIA on the one hand, and that same billionaire owns the Washington Post on the other hand, there are serious problems. The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media. Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself.

If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation—say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government—the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press. It is time for the Post to take a dose of its own medicine.”

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

This exact type of relationship between billionaire and news organization is, unfortunately, not new. Another billionaire, Carlos Slim, owns a large portion of The New York Times. Slim’s purchase of the paper of record saved the Times from bankruptcy, and, shortly after the purchase, the Times started to release pro-open borders articles and content. This was all very convenient for Slim, as he makes massive amounts of profit off of both legal and illegal immigration from Mexico.

This is the exact same type of “one hand washing the other washing the other” that has kept the Clinton’s out of trouble for so long: if there is one step of removal from money to influence, you can claim everything is just a coincidence. For instance, Bill Clinton gave a speech in Russia for $500,000 right before Hillary Clinton sold them 20% of United States’ uranium.

However, this mutual interest confliction is aptly called just that, a “conflict of interest.” As such, most who understand business ethics will tell the public who they work with, especially when it comes to matters as serious as the U.S. election and claims of Russian interference.

The CIA is no stranger to propaganda and media influence. Operation Mockingbird was a campaign by the CIA to influence the media to report their interests at home in the United States and all over the world. “The unit recruited leading American journalists into a propaganda network to help present the CIA’s views. It funded some student and cultural organizations and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities conducted by other operating units of the CIA.” – WikiPedia.

Barack Obama is expected to sign the "counter-propaganda" bill into law before leaving office.

Barack Obama is expected to sign the “counter-propaganda” bill into law before leaving office.

Furthermore, Barack Obama is expected to sign a deceptively nicknamed “Counter-Disinformation Bill” that would allow the Government to give funds to media organizations to combat “fake news,” and other stories that they deem to be a “threat” to the United States.

The bill, National Defense Authorization Act, goes on:

“The bill would increase the authority, resources, and mandate of the Global Engagement Center to include state actors like Russia and China in addition to violent extremists.”

“The legislation establishes a fund to help train local journalists and provide grants and contracts to NGOs, civil society organizations, think tanks, private sector companies, media organizations, and other experts outside the U.S. government with experience in identifying and analyzing the latest trends in foreign government disinformation techniques.”

It could have just as easily been called “Operation Mockingbird II” – welcome to the United States of America, your mind is for sale.

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Posted by The Editor in Chief

I write news articles and edit other writers'. You can find out more about me by reading my work. I hope that you do. Enjoy, and thank you for visiting The American Revenant!

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