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Udo Ulfkotte
Udo Ulfkotte
A German journalist born January 20, 1960, Udo was formerly an editor for one of Germany's main dailies, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Ulfkotte studied jurisprudence and politics at Freiburg and London. He was an advisor to the Kohl government. | Photo: Archives | Udo Ulfkotte, Journalist, Germany, Whistle Blower, Glasses, Tie,

German journalist blows whistle on CIA Controlling media

"I was bribed by billionaires, I was bribed by the Americans to report...not exactly the truth." - Udo Ulfkotte, former editor of one of Germany's main daily publications, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Some readers will see this and immediately dismiss it as Russian propaganda since the interview appeared on RT. This would be a serious mistake.

Whether you want to admit it or not, CIA control of the media in the U.S. and abroad is not conspiracy theory, it is conspiracy fact.

Carl Bernstein, who is best known for his reporting on Watergate, penned a 25,000 word article in Rolling Stone after spending six months looking at the relationship of the CIA and the press during the Cold War years. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the entire piece here.

In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America's leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA.

Like any good intelligence agency, the CIA learned from its mistakes upon being exposed, and has since adjusted tactics. This is where the concept of "non-official cover" comes into play. The term was recently described by German journalist Udo Ulfkotte, in a blistering RT interview. Mr. Ulfkotte was previously the editor for one of Germany's main dailies, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), so he is no small fry.

"Non-official cover" occurs when a journalist is essentially working for the CIA, but it's not in an official capacity. This allows both parties to reap the rewards of the partnership, while at the same time giving both sides plausible deniability. The CIA will find young journalists and mentor them. Suddenly doors will open up, rewards will be given, and before you know it, you owe your entire career to them. That's essentially how it works. But don't take it from me?

If this peaked your curiosity, read about Operation Mockingbird. Also see: How Hollywood Became "Propagandist in Chief" by John Pilger.

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