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Pompeo accuses VOA of "demeaning America" in speech that whistleblowers blast as "political propaganda"

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 09: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives remarks on China foreign policy at Georgia Tech on December 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Pompeo warned US universities that Beijing was set on stealing innovation. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Voice of America news service of "demeaning America" in a speech that a watchdog group criticized as "political propaganda" and a violation of the government-funded agency's own rules.

(CNN Business)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Voice of America news service of "demeaning America" in a speech that a watchdog group criticized as "political propaganda" and a violation of the government-funded agency's own rules.

The speech was broadcast live, worldwide, through VOA channels in more than 40 languages in what the Government Accountability Project, a group representing VOA whistleblowers, called "a violation of law, rule and policy. " No questions were allowed after the remarks or the brief on-stage conversation with VOA Director Robert Reilly that followed, giving Pompeo a chance to tout Trump administration policies unchecked.

"A broadcast speech by the outgoing Secretary of State on topics on which he has been widely covered should be seen for what it is: the use of VOA to disseminate political propaganda in the waning days of the Trump administration," wrote David Seide, senior counsel at the Government Accountability Project.

David Kligerman, the general counsel at USAGM until he was allegedly forced out by Pack last month, said Pompeo's reprimands of the VOA journalists betray a fundamental misunderstanding of the agency's mission and play right into the hands of the authoritarian countries, such as China, that he criticized in his speech.

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