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Thornberry: WikiLeaks Exposes US Secrets, Not Russia or China

Fox News' "Happening Now"

By    |   Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 02:59 PM

The way WikiLeaks is operating, it very well could be an arm of the Russian Federation, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Thursday, agreeing with former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden's comments to CNN.

"If you think about it, we have never seen WikiLeaks release information about Russian or Chinese or other countries intelligence systems; they only disclose information about ours," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "Happening Now." "It's another form of attacks designed to weaken the United States."

"Who is trying to do that in a variety of ways through cyber, through various forms of propaganda?" he continued. "The Russians. I think whoever actually stole and leaked certain material, the effect is an attack on the United States."

WikiLeaks this week released more than 9,000 documents purporting to reveal how the CIA is spying on American citizens, but Thornberry said Thursday there is no proof the documents were legitimate.

"What you can verify is the CIA does not spy on Americans and does not spy on Americans, certainly here at home," Thornberry said. "Their job is to learn information overseas that helps keeps us safe. There is a variety of checks to make sure that they are doing their job overseas, as [is] the FBI under court supervision, who conducts information gathering here at home."

The problem is, he continued, the CIA cannot say whether the documents are true without violating further classification issues. 

"Clearly, this is a problem," Thornberry said. "The CIA should take it seriously, and they are. We've got to do a better job of defending ourselves and pushing back."

Meanwhile, Russia is using a variety of tools to weaken and divide the United States, Thornberry said. 

The lawmaker also argued for the need for more money for the military, pointing out the role of the federal government is to protect the United States. 

"It is morally wrong to ask the men and women in the military to go perform a mission for which they are not fully prepared and fully supported with the best equipment that this country can offer," Thornberry said. "Their lives are at stake. This is not some theoretical numbers exercise, and it literally is a question of life and death.

"So, we need to fulfill our first responsibilities first. Then, of course, there will be other discussions about other parts of government and other functions as there should be, but we have to keep No. 1 No. 1."

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The way WikiLeaks is operating, it very well could be an arm of the Russian Federation, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Thursday, agreeing with former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden s comments to CNN.
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