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Lopez writes: "Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a 'propagandist,' an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the CIA."

Dr. Udo Ulfkotte. (photo: RT/Digital Journal)
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte. (photo: RT/Digital Journal)

Editor of Major German Newspaper Says He Planted Stories for CIA

By Ralph Lopez, Digital Journal

01 February 15


ecoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a "propagandist," an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the CIA.

Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years to live, and that he is filled with remorse, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's largest newspapers, said in an interview that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. Ulfkotte said the aim of much of the deception was to drive nations toward war.

Dr. Ulfkotte says the corruption of journalists and major news outlets by the CIA is routine, accepted, and widespread in the western media, and that journalists who do not comply either cannot get jobs at any news organization, or find their careers cut short.

Dr. Ulfkotte is the author of a book currently available only in German, "Bought Journalists" (Kopp 2014.) Aged 55, he was also once an advisor to the government of German Chancellor Helmet Kohl.

The book has become 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.

Ulfkotte says:

"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 to plant in his newspaper over the years was a story that Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi was building poison gas factories in 2011. Ulfkotte also says he was an eyewitness to Saddam Hussein's use of poison gas against Iranians in the war between Iran and Iraq, but that the editors he worked for at the time were not interested, because Iraq was a US ally at the time.

Ulfkotte says he is better positioned to come forward than many journalists because he does not have children who could be threatened. Ulfkotte told the Russian newspaper Russian Insider (RI):

"When I told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Ulfkotte's nwspaper) that I would publish the book, their lawyers sent me a letter threatening with all legal consequences if I would publish any names or secrets – but I don’t mind. You see, I don’t have children to take care of. And you must know I was severely injured during the gas attack I witnessed in Iran in 1988. I'm the sole German survivor from a German poison gas attack. I’m still suffering from this. I’ve had three heart attacks. I don’t expect to live for more than a few years."

Ulfkotte says that remorse of having "lied" to mass audiences over the years drove him to come forward. He told RI that he was:

"taught to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public."

Ulfkotte says:

"I'm ashamed I was part of it. Unfortunately I cannot reverse this."

Among the admissions that Ulfkotte makes in the interview are putting his own name to articles completely written by intelligence agencies. He said:

"I ended up publishing articles under my own name written by agents of the CIA and other intelligence services, especially the German secret service."

Ulfkotte detailed the pattern of cajolery and outright bribery used by the CIA and other US-allied intelligence agencies, for the purpose of advancing political agendas. Ulfkotte said:

"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'..."

Ulfkotte noted that a journalists on international press trips paid for by organizations close to the government are unlikely to submit a storyline not favorable to the sponsor.

Of the gassing of Iranians he had witnessed in the Eighties, Ulfkoppe said:

"they asked me to hand over the photo's that I had made to the German association of chemical companies in Frankfurt, Verband der Chemischen Industrie. This poison gas that had killed so many Iranians was made in Germany."

In an interview with Russia Today, Ulfkotte said that it was "not right" what he had done, and that his fear was that politicians were actively driving the world toward war:

"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..."

In his book "The CIA and the Media," Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein quotes William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Baeder said:

"There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level."

Bernstein writes:

"The Agency’s relationship with the Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. From 1950 to 1966, about ten CIA employees were provided Times cover under arrangements approved by the newspaper’s late publisher, Arthur Hays Sulzberger. The cover arrangements were part of a general Times policy—set by Sulzberger—to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible."

Ulfkotte was on the staff of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation from 1999 to 2003, according to his Wikipedia entry. He won the civic prize from the Annette Barthelt Foundation in 2003. your social media marketing partner


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+49 # Billy Bob 2015-02-01 15:51
This is what makes me question everything going on with "isis" or "isil" or whatever they've decided to call it. Yeah, the beheadings are probably real. Who's doing it? The CIA? We don't know, because they're such pathological liars and psychopaths that we know they're capable of it. We only don't know if they're involved THIS time.

Of course, no one ever cares about (or bothers to report very often) all the beheadings in Africa, or Saudi Arabia. They don't fit the narrative that our government needs to do the bidding of the dirty sludge industry and be in a perpetual state of tax-funded war for private profit.
+12 # Capn Canard 2015-02-02 21:13
This is so fugging disturbing but in reality I can no longer be surprised. At this point it is hard to say that our Republic exists. It is just a hollow shell of what was once a potentially decent nation.
+5 # ritawalpoleague 2015-02-03 01:44
Yes, Billy Bob. Question ISIS I do too. Cannot help but think that...

ISIS is B.S., B.S., B.S.
+51 # polfrosch 2015-02-01 16:35
Like Snowden, a single whistleblower, a brave individual among a class of apparatchiks speaks out - like Snowden he will pay with his future life. (His remaining years.)

Not on the same scale, but he will pay too. There is close to no reporting about him and his book in german "quality" mass media. He will be punished with silence, and if that is broken with defamation and ridicule.

Like Chelsea Manning, who got 36 years of jail for whistleblowing, while the helicopter crew who killed the Charlie Hebdo journalists was not even reprimanded, no wait, it was a Reuters journalist they killed in a mindless assault. But there were these brave people who ran to save him and got the french citizenship for their bravery, no wait, they were just blown to smithereens by the apache helicopter-gunn er and were supposed to be forgotten forever, while the tv screens showed us the murderous attack on the Charlie Hebdo journalists for days without break.

Citizens pay with their careeres, their freedom, their lives.

That´s what happens in our free and democratic societies if someone dares to tell the truth.

The chromed pressure vessel developed tiny cracks and a glowing radioactive slurry is dripping out.

But don´t worry - be happy. Don´t think, don´t doubt, don´t question. Everything is ok. The screams we hear - well, I don´t know. May be a movie?

Move on, just move on.
+6 # Capn Canard 2015-02-02 21:09
No shit... I absolutely agree, it just gets uglier every day.
+3 # Merlin 2015-02-03 03:44
Beautifully put!
-25 # yea-right 2015-02-02 00:37
Just curious, since when is a book ranking #352,513 a "best seller"??
+26 # polfrosch 2015-02-02 03:32
Where did you get that number?

The book came out late last year in Germany (and only in Germany) - and it´s still Nr.3 of the best sold hardcover books on the "Der Spiegel" bestseller list, our equivalent to the NYT books list.

"Der Spiegel" did NOT report on Ulfkottes book. They just mention it in defamatory style in single lines in articles like one called "Hatred of the know it all" and call it conspiracy theory, literally.

It´s kind of a schizophrenic reality, as so many people read it, and "Der Spiegel" knows it, but as long as they keep control over public discourse and the airwaves (the chromed pressure vessle), they will just carry on.

Former GDR citizens describe to me how similar it all feels to the late GDR. Everybody knows the news is a seperate reality. Everyone also knows what to say in public to avoid getting into trouble. And that is very different from what you say in private circles - under the threat big brother (NSA/Stasi) might know what you really think. Nowadays without stool pigeons.

But it doesn´t really matter als long as "they" (in effect the CIA/BND and the deep state) still have the power to make real reality go away, because political reality is defined by the mainstream media and their discourse. 1984.

So much for "Der Spiegel" interviewing NYT about how they failed to do their job after 911. (Another article on RSN)

And all of us writing here are probably already tagged by NSA.
+15 # socrates2 2015-02-02 00:44
Some years back I used to read stories in the Chandler LA Times that made me suspect similar CIA-type "resources" in that paper. I began to wonder after a while how so many government-frie ndly moguls got "capitalized" to buy government-frie ndly media in major markets whereas news-biz entrepreneurs with an independent-min ded, critical slant never seemed to get the same "chance."
Ah! Chance favors the sell-out careerist.
Edward Bernays lives...
Be well.
+24 # itchyvet 2015-02-02 01:02
I am not a journalist, getting free rides around the globe to write political motivated propaganda. Just a simple retired Locomotive driver who did a full tour of Vietnam in my youth.
BUT, if there's one thing O DO KNOW, beyond a shadow of doubt, America is NO ONE's FRIEND. PERIOD.
Anyone who thinks they are,like the clowns in the Ukraine and the moron earlier in Georgia)once their usefulness has expired, they are no longer a friend.
It never ceases to amaze me, that despite the history validating and proving what I'm saying, people still grovel to the Yanks. Clearly, they're all on a death wish.
+21 # harleysch 2015-02-02 04:00
Interesting that this article does not mention what he said in an interview on German television last year, that he felt compelled to come forward out of fear that lies planted against Putin and Russia in the media are pushing us toward possible nuclear war.

All the lies fit to print! The NY Times and Washington Post continue to cover up for Obama's regime change operation against Putin and Russia. Why does the media not ask where the evidence is on flight MH 17, which Obama continues to blame on Russia? Why not full coverage of the leading role played by neo-Nazis in the Ukraine government, especially in the military and security forces, as well as the leading role played by neo-cons in support of the neo-Nazis, such as Nuland?

The real implication of Ulfkotte's revelations is that, in order to defend a bankrupt financial system, centered around the Too Big to Fail banks, the stooge Obama, along with his buddy Cameron and the NATO hierarchy, are driving the world toward possible nuclear war.

Are there any journalists in the mainstream media in the U.S. with the courage of Ulfkotte???
+23 # polfrosch 2015-02-02 06:41
Very true. Regarding MH 017:

What about US satellite fotos? If there was a rebel-SAM rocket, the exhaust plume must be clearly visible on the fotos and it would be very easy to find out where the SAM was launched.
By the way: there are no witness reports about an exhaust plume in the rebel area. The plume would have been visible to thousands of witnesses and their cellphone cameras.

What about the cockpit voice recorder? It was salvaged. If MH 017 was shot down by a rocket, be it a surface to air (SAM) or air to air missile from a fighter, there would be a reaction from the cockpit crew. A heat seeking air to air missile would have exploded in an engine, and the plane would not desintegrate. If there was a fighter plane, like russian radar indicated (what did AWACS radar tell?) it probably needed to finish off the plane with it´s gun.

What about the 3 cm entry and exit cannon holes in the cockpit, indicating a dedicated attack on the cockpit crew from both sides?

What about particles of the rocket warhead in the bodies and wreckage? What was found?

If there was any proof the plane was shot down by pro russian rebels or the Russians, we would hear about it 24/7, don´t you think?

Anyhow: why is this kept in complete factual uncertainty, like the Maidan shooting, why did the media establish Putin as certainly somehow responsible, much the same as Saddam Hussein was somehow responsible for 911 and definitely had WMD to kill us all?
+18 # polfrosch 2015-02-02 06:52
And if I can come up with these questions, why are the mainstream media with their thousands of experienced news pros "incapable" to come up with them?

Anybody who doesn´t smell a rat, look under your bed. You might have missed the corpse of an alligator rotting away.
+9 # jdd 2015-02-02 11:41
Like it doesn't go on all the time. Just consider the NYT's articles on Ukraine, Putin, MH 17, Syria and on and on, for which many readers on this website fall for over and over.
+1 # Capn Canard 2015-02-02 21:04
Yeah, I am almost convinced that such incompetence is a big indication, perhaps even complicity...
+4 # ReconFire 2015-02-02 13:32
Every major newspaper in this country has reporters with CIA ties. Been that way for years.
+6 # Capn Canard 2015-02-02 21:03
No big surprise, but I can remember a time when such information would've stopped the world from spinning. We are screwed.
0 # rzimdars 2015-02-04 13:07
Has anyone checked out Ulfkotte's past? Did the author of this article, Ralph Lopez, give us any background on Ulfkotte? Could he be right-wing anti-immigratio n opportunist who likes to make money off of books?

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