Udo Ulfkotte, German journalist, political scientist and former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, was found dead of apparent heart failure on January 13, 2017. He was 56 years old.
I first became aware of Mr. Ulfkotte a few years ago when he did an interview on RT in which he claimed that during his 25 year career as a journalist he was “educated to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public” by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
No longer able to sit idly by as the U.S. and German media churned out propaganda in an attempt to foment war in Europe against Russia, in 2014 he published Bought Journalists (available May 2017 in English as Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News). In this book, he provides stories and examples of how journalists around the world are used as “non-official cover” by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
Ulfkotte’s book Bought Journalists became 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 by the German press.
Ulfkotte said: “No German mainstream journalist is allowed to report about [my] book. Otherwise he or she will be sacked. So we have a bestseller now that no German journalist is allowed to write or talk about.“
Among the stories Ulfkotte says he was ordered by the CIA to plant in his newspaper was a fake story that Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi was building poison gas factories in 2011.
Mr. Ulfkotte’s revelations should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird. Dave Mcgowan’s book Derailing Democracy cites former CIA Director William Colby, who claimed “the Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” Operation Mockingbird was a covert op by the CIA to influence and control the media. It began in the 1950s, initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles. It was later taken over by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA. Read more about Mockingbird here and here.
In 1972, the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities chaired by Senator Frank Church (D-ID)—known as the Church Committee—investigated intelligence gathering for illegality by the CIA, NSA and FBI after certain activities had been revealed by the Watergate affair. It was at this time that Operation Mockingbird was first made public, although there is no evidence this operation was ever terminated. Here is a key exchange from that investigation:
According to a Congressional report published in 1976: “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.”
More evidence that Mockingbird is still in operation can be found in a 2013 obituary published in The New York Times titled “Austin Goodrich, 87, Spy Posing as Reporter.” As Bob Fitrakis reports:
The death notice…detailed seldom seen facts about the legendary “Operation Mockingbird.”
The end of Goodrich’s obituary is meant to be touching, but its irony is obvious. His daughter, Kristina Goodrich told the Times: “He really believed in the importance of the democratic way of life and the danger of any system that would lead to totalitarian control over people.” A man who secretly worked for a spy agency while subverting a free press and turning it toward government propaganda as a predecessor to our current mass spying by the NSA is portrayed as a hater of totalitarian control.
What the paper of record fails to note is that he was part of a covert operation that corrupted the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that led to the easy destruction of the Fourth Amendment by the NSA currently. The consolidation of the multinational for-profit corporate media has created the new Mockingbird.
Here are some highlights from a 2014 interview with Mr. Ulfkotte in Russia Insider:
We’re talking about puppets on a string, journalists who write or say whatever their masters tell them to say or write. If you see how the mainstream media is reporting about the Ukraine conflict and if you know what’s really going on, you get the picture. The masters in the background are pushing for war with Russia and western journalists are putting on their helmets.
It started very soon after I started working at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. I learned to regard luxury invitations as quite acceptable and to write positive articles in return. Later on I was invited by the German Marshall Fund of The United States to travel the United States. They paid for all my expenses and put me in contact with Americans they’d like me to meet. In fact, most journalists from respected and big media organisations are closely connected to the German Marshall Fund, the Atlantik-Brücke or other so-called transatlantic organisations. Many of them are even members or ‘fellows’. I am a fellow of the German Marshall Fund. The thing is, once you’re connected, you make friends with selected Americans. You think they are your friends and you start cooperating. They work on your ego, make you feel like you’re important. And one day one of them will ask you ‘Will you do me this favor’ and then another will ask you ‘Will you do me that favor’. Bye and bye you get completely brainwashed. I ended up publishing articles under my own name written by agents of the CIA and other intelligence services, especially the Bundesnachrichtendienst.
I’m ashamed I was part of it. Unfortunately I cannot reverse this. Although my superiors at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung approved of what I did, I’m still to blame. But yes, to my knowledge I am the first to accuse myself and to prove many others are to blame.
In an interview with RT, Mr. Ulfkotte stated:
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.
All this begs the question: Was Mr. Ulfkotte assassinated by the CIA or some other intelligence agency ahead of the English language release of his book? Consider that, with the author out of the way, there will be no interviews or further questions from the media. He will not even be able to ensure that the English language version of his book is complete and accurate. There is no one to defend his claims or prove his accusations. It will be much easier to dismiss his confession and toss it down the memory hole. His death also serves as a warning to anyone else who suddenly finds their conscience and decides to speak out before it is too late.
The fact that he died on Friday the 13th is an eerie coincidence. More telling is the fact that not a single mainstream media outlet in the United States has reported on his death. The mass media’s sins of commission (lies) pale in comparison to its sins of omission (censorship, news blackouts).
Although I do not forgive Mr. Ulfkotte for what he did, I respect him for having the courage to admit the error of his ways and attempting to shed some light on the fake news that passes for mainstream media throughout the world today.
Please share this article and read his book—it may have cost him his life.