Wednesday, April 17, 2024

REPORT: FBI, CIA Actively Recruiting Mainstream-Media Propagandists

'You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month...'

(John RansomHeadline USA) A decades-old memo suggests that the FBI has informants embedded in major media outlets, feeding it information while working as spies for the country’s top law-enforcement agency.

Attorney Jesse Trentadue said a single memo from the Oklahoma City bombing case led him on a quest to get the information about informants in the media from the FBI, some of which documents he has now turned over to the Epoch Times.

“I thought they’d come back and say, ‘We would never do that because that would be illegal and unconstitutional,’” Trentadue told the Epoch Times about his initial approach to the FBI about informants in the major media. “Instead, they came back and said, ‘Yeah, we do that. We have manuals on that, but you can’t have them because of national security.’”

Trentadue said that the relationship between the media and the FBI wasn’t limited to sharing information that they just happened to come across, but was the more traditional one used in spy networks.

“It is not a case of someone coming to the FBI offering to expose corruption. The bureau is recruiting spies” Trentadue told the Epoch Times.

Some deep-state attempts to infiltrate the media and spread propaganda are well-documented, such as the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird in the early years of the Cold War with the Soviet Union after World War II.

Its reach included at least 25 news and wire agencies, among them: the Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Time and CBS.

“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month,” one CIA operative confessed afterward to then-Washington Post editor Phil Graham, according to the Impious Digest.

Indeed, the number of top intel operatives—such as MSNBC’s John Brennan and CNN’s Andy McCabe—who are hired by cable news outlets after leaving their respective agencies suggests the practice is alive and well, and now openly practiced.

But the relationship between the two supposed watchdog institutions—the media and the intelligence community—has taken on added importance as the three-letter agencies foist themselves into other parts of the political arena while acting on a partisan agenda.

After two defendants in the alleged kidnap plot of Michigan’s Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were acquitted and two others faced a hung jury, questions swirled about whether the FBI agents were, themselves, primarily responsible for launching the plot to entrap the defendants.

“Defense attorneys claimed federal law-enforcement manufactured the alleged kidnapping conspiracy through confidential informants and undercover agents,” said CNN about the results of jury deliberations.

Likewise, some have accused intelligence plants of having fomented the violence during alleged false-flag operations like the 2017 Charlottesville riot and the Jan. 6, 2021 uprising at the US Capitol.

A recent audit of the FBI obtained by the Washington Times showed that in sensitive cases involving famous people, agents violated policies and procedures on a regular basis, including opening up investigations without authorization.

“When they open investigations without authorization, to me, that’s about as radical as it gets,” Patrick Eddington, a Cato Institute senior fellow who uncovered the audit in litigation with the FBI, told the Washington Times.

Some senior federal legislators want answers in the wake of the revelations from the FBI audit.

“It has been nearly two weeks since this information was revealed, and the FBI has thus far declined to comment or provide additional transparency,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a March 31 letter according to the Epoch Times. “I believe the Senate would benefit from hearing directly from Inspector General Horowitz, FBI Director Wray, as well as any division directors with knowledge of the audit or the errors detailed in it.”

Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.

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