It can be troublesome to acknowledge the fact that popular mainstream media outlets, and perhaps in some cases, popular alternative media outlets, are subject to large amounts of infiltration by intelligence agencies, but it’s true.
This isn’t a matter of conjecture. It’s happened before with the CIA’s “Operation Mockingbird, a CIA-based initiative to control mainstream media, and it’s happening now, recently brought to the attention of the public by a statement made by the Inspector General regarding FBI infiltration into journalism.
The report, released last Thursday, stated that FBI agents may impersonate journalists while conducting undercover investigations. You can read the full report here.
The review stemmed from a June 2007 investigation into a series of bomb threats sent by an email to Timberline High School outside Seattle. The emails caused multiple evacuations, and the FBI was called in to help.
Undercover, they posed as an editor for the Associated Press and contacted the suspect by email, using fake news articles and photographs to reveal his location. These methods used by the FBI did not come to light for several years, when a former technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, tweeted a link in October 2014 to internal documents posted to the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (pages 61 and 62).
For example, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, a top German journalist and editor for more than two decades, went on television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name. He also aded that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.