Udo Ulfkotte says all major media networks controlled by CIA
Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a “propagandist,” an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the CIA.
Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years to live, and that he is filled with remorse, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, said in an interview that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. Ulfkotte said the aim of much of the deception was to drive nations toward war.
Dr. Ulfkotte says the corruption of journalists and major news outlets by the CIA is routine, accepted, and widespread in the western media, and that journalists who do not comply either cannot get jobs at any news organization, or find their careers cut short.
Dr. Ulfkotte is the author of a book currently available only in German, “Bought Journalists” (Kopp 2014.) Aged 55, he was also once an advisor to the government of German Chancellor Helmet Kohl.
The book has become a bestseller in Germany but, in a bizarre twist which Ulfkotte says characterizes the disconnect caused by CIA control of the western media, the book cannot be reported on.
“I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I’ve been educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public,” Ulfkotte told. “I was supported by the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. Why? Because I am pro-American.”
He decided to tell the truth about corporate media controlled by the financial class because he fears war in Europe.
“The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia. This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say… it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia.”
Ulfkotte said most corporate media journalists in the United States and Europe are “so-called non-official cover,” they work for an intelligence agency. “I think it is especially the case with British journalists, because they have a much closer relationship. It is especially the case with Israeli journalists. Of course with French journalists. … It is the case for Australians, journalists from New Zealand, from Taiwan, well, there is many countries,” he said.
CIA subversion of the corporate media is well documented. Beginning in 1948, former Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner, as the director of the Office of Special Projects (soon to become a division of the CIA), established Mockingbird, an operation designed to convert the corporate media into a propaganda vehicle for the financial elite. Wisner enlisted Philip Graham of The Washington Post to run the operation and recruit journalists, many who worked for military intelligence during the Second World War.
“By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles,” writes Deborah Davis in her book, Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and the Washington Post.
By 1953 the operation was run by CIA director Allen Dulles and held sway over virtually every large corporate news organization, including The New York Times, Time and Life magazines, and television news, particularly CBS News under the leadership of William Paley. In addition to newspapers and television news networks, the CIA controlled Hollywood and movie production.
“CIA files document additional cover arrangements with the following news gathering organizations, among others: the New York Herald Tribune, Saturday Evening Post, Scripps-Howard Newspapers, Hearst Newspapers, Associated Press, United Press International, the Mutual Broadcasting System, Reuters and The Miami Herald,” Carl Bernstein, the renowned Watergate journalist, wrote in a Rolling Stone article in 1977.
Evidence the CIA’s propaganda network, its “mighty Wurlitzer,” as Wisner called it, existed well into the 1970s was revealed by the Church Committee.
“The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets,” a report from the committee to Congress stated in 1976.
As Alex Constantine documents, Mockingbird is still operational today under a variety of guises. One of its major progenitors, Richard Mellon Scaife, recently passed away.
CIA Media Pushing for Catastrophic War with Russia
Udo Ulfkotte came forward because he is afraid of a war between the United States, Europe and Russia.
“The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia,” he told. “This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say … it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do, and have done in the past, because they are bribed to betray the people not only in Germany, all over Europe. … I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I don’t like to have this situation again, because war is never coming from itself, there is always people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists too. … We have betrayed our readers, just to push for war. … I don’t want this anymore; I’m fed up with this propaganda. We live in a banana republic, and not in a democratic country where we have press freedom.”
For the ruling elite, the financial oligarchy in control of the United States, war is a customized tool for centralizing and maintaining power and establishing a world monetary order. Blinded by hubris and arrogance, the elite believe a war with Russia will check that nation’s geopolitical aspirations, which it perceives as a threat, as it does the aspirations of China. Checking and challenging Russia is what the war in Ukraine that has of late fallen from the headlines is all about.