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Senate Dems Slam Pompeo’s “Insulting & Contemptuous” Comments About NPR Reporter
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jan 27 2020

A group of five Senate Demagogs, including one who was nearly jailed for corruption, have written a letter to Sec State Pompeo condemning his “insulting and contemptuous” off-the-record comments to NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly. Kelly broke the story on Friday after she decided to ignore her commitment to keeping Pompeo’s comments off the record because he was mean to her. On her podcast and radio program, she shared the recorded interview with Pompeo, as well as her account of their post-interview off-the-record meeting, where purportedly swore at her for asking questions about his handling of the Ukraine situation when the interview was supposed to be about Iran. At one point, Pompeo had an aide confront Kelly with a blank map and ask her to correctly identify Ukraine. She claims she identified it correctly, while Pompeo claims she pointed to Bangladesh. Sen Bob Menendez, whose initial corruption trial in late 2017 was deadlocked after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict, prompting the DoJ to drop its prosecution, tweeted a copy of the mercifully brief letter Saturday afternoon.

Not only did they condemn Pompeo’s initial alleged conduct, they also expressed “profound disappointment and concern” over the “irresponsible” statement issued by the State Dept refuting Kelly’s claims. They even went so far as to bring up Jamal Khashoggi, and by doing so, implicitly compared the Trump Administration to the Toads regarding its treatment of the press. Aside from Menendez, the letter was also signed by Sens Tim Kaine, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley and Cory Booker. While it’s true that journalists are routinely jailed and killed around the world for their reporting, it’s also true that journalist murders are virtually non-existent in Pindostan, unless you believe the ‘conspiracy theories’ about Michael Hastings. The most high-profile killing of a Pindo journalist happened when a former news station employee shot her on camera as an act of deranged vengeance for perceived slights. But sure, Pompeo’s decision to drop a couple of f-bombs in front of a female reporter is absolutely tantamount to the vicious slaying of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Toad consulate in Istanbul. Sounds reasonable to us.

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Pompeo Accuses NPR Reporter Of Violating “Basic Rules Of Journalism And Decency”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jan 25 2020

Pompeo is clearly tired of having his character repeatedly impugned by the Dems and the press claiming he hung one of his ambassadors out to dry after she purportedly resisted the administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine. That frustration came to a head this week when, during a moment of pique, Pompeo launched into a rant and swore at NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly after she wheedled him about whether he had taken concrete steps to protect former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. House Democrats last week released a trove of messages between Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Connecticut Republican Congressional candidate Robert Hyde. The messages suggested that Yovanovitch might have been under surveillance before President Trump recalled her to Washington. One of the messages seems to reference a shadowy character able to “help” with Yovanovitch for “a price.” Kelly is the host of NPR All Things Considered, and there she recounted the incident to her listeners. After Kelly asked Pompeo to specify exactly what he had done to defend Yovanovitch, whom Trump fired last year, Pompeo simply insisted that he had “done what’s right” with regard to Yovanovitch, while becoming visibly annoyed. Once the interview was over, Pompeo glared at Kelly for a minute, then left the room, telling an aide to bring Kelly into another room at the State Dept without her recorder, so they could have more privacy. Once inside, Pompeo launched into what Kelly described as an “expletive-laden rant” repeatedly using the “f-word.” Pompeo complained about the questions about Ukraine, arguing that the interview was supposed to be about Iran. Pompeo allegedly said:

Do you think Pindos give a fuck about Ukraine?

The outburst was followed by a ridiculous stunt. One of Pompeo’s staffers pulled out a blank map and asked the reporter to identify Ukraine, which she did. Pompeo vaguely warned:

People will hear about this.

Ironically, Pompeo is planning to travel to Kiev this week. The questions came after Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Pompeo, told Congress that he resigned after Pompeo apparently ignored his pleas for the department to show some support for Yovanovitch. Last we checked, the team at NPR is waiting on Pompeo to apologize:

Update: The State Dept has issued a statement about the Kelly interview and her complaints about Pompeo’s behavior. Not only did Pompeo accuse Kelly of lying to him twice, including by violating an agreement to keep his comments off the record, Pompeo also insisted that Kelly didn’t correctly Ukraine on a blank map brought out by a staffer.

NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice, first last month in setting up our interview, and then again yesterday in agreeing to have our post interview conversation off the record. It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency. This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration. It is no wonder that the Pindo creeple distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity. It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine.

Kelly insists that she had every right to break the agreement because Pompeo verbally abused her. But that doesn’t quite comport with our understanding of journalistic ethics. As far as we see it, a reporter is only allowed to break the off-the-record agreement if the information becomes public otherwise, or if the source was lying to them, or acting in bad faith. There are reporters who honor these agreements even to the point of being imprisoned. Are we supposed to believe that a few f-bombs should invalidate it?

UK sovereignty in jeopardy if Huawei used for 5G, Pompeo warns
Clea Skopeliti, Groon, Jan 27 2020

Britain’s sovereignty will be in jeopardy if the UK allows Huawei to develop its 5G infrastructure, the US secretary of state has warned. In a last-minute plea to senior ministers, who are expected to decide on Tuesday whether to use the Chinese company, Pompeo described the decision facing Britain as “momentous.” The Pindo administration has previously warned its vassals not to allow the company’s equipment to form part of their 5G networks, claiming it would be a security risk due to its links to the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that its equipment could be used to spy on people. Pompeo wrote on Twitter on Sunday night:

Pompeo’s last-ditch attempt follows Downing Street signalling that it believed Huawei equipment was needed to ensure that the 5G mobile network was affordable. However, the government is expected to agree to new restrictions on the tech giant. GCHQ believes that any risk that Huawei technology could be compromised by the Chinese government to carry out surveillance can be mitigated. Their advice to ministers has been unchanged for nearly a year. Pompeo is due to meet Boris Johnson and the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, in London on Wednesday. The Home secretary, Priti Patel, dismissed reports on Sunday that she is “on the warpath” following claims the prime minister has been “bounced” by officials into letting Huawei build non-core parts of the 5G network. She told Sky News that the report in the Sunday Times was “not accurate,” adding:

My role is very much to protect the national security of our country and that also includes intelligence services and communications as well. We are having discussions and rightly so, and those discussions remain at the national security council level and within cabinet level. And of course we will have those discussions. We’ll have them privately and I’m not going to comment on speculation in newspapers.

Patel said the UK’s co-operation with the Five Eyes network would “absolutely continue.” Pompeo’s warning follows a phone call between Johnson and Donald Trump on Friday, in which the leaders reportedly discussed the security of telecommunications networks. a White House statement said:

The two leaders discussed important regional and bilateral issues, including working together to ensure the security of our telecommunications networks.

The head of MI5, Andrew Parker, has previously said that there was “no reason to think” that using Huawei technology should threaten British intelligence sharing with Pindostan. His statement has been contradicted by a senior Pindo boxtop who said:

Congress has made it clear they will want an evaluation of our intelligence sharing.

Last year, Pindostan imposed trade restrictions on Huawei over concerns about the company’s security and links to the Chinese government. Allegations that their telecoms equipment could be used to spy on people have been repeatedly denied by the company.

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