Leading German Journalist Admits CIA ‘Bribed’ Him and Other Leaders of the Western ‘Press’

Eric Zuesse

Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (which is one of Germany’s largest newspapers), has decided to go public about the corruption of himself and the rest of the Western ‘news’ media, because he finds that this corruption is bringing Europe too close to a nuclear war against Russia, which he concludes the U.S. aristocracy that controls the CIA wants to bring about, or else to bring closer to the brink.

He told Russian Television:


I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I’ve been educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public. … The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia. 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. …

The German media, especially, my colleagues …, day by day, write against the Russians, [these journalists] who are in transatlantic organizations, and who are supported by the United States to do so. …

I became ‘honorary citizen of the state of Oklahoma,’ … Why? Because I write pro-American. I was supported by the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. Why? Because I am pro-American. I am fed up with it; I don’t want to do it anymore; and so I have just written a book, not to earn money, no, it will cause a lot of trouble for me. [I wrote it instead] to give the people in this country, Germany, in Europe, and all over the world, just a glimpse of … what goes on behind the closed doors. …

[4:40 on the video] Most of the journalists you see in foreign countries … European or American journalists …, like me in the past, are so-called non-official cover. … Non-official cover means what? You do work for an intelligence agency, … but … when they [the public] find out that you are not only a journalist but a spy too, they [the CIA] will never say this was one of our guys. … So, I have helped them in several situations, and I feel ashamed for that. … I feel ashamed that I … was bribed by billionaires, I was bribed by the Americans, not to report exactly the truth. …

I was just imagining in my car while I was driving to this interview, I just try to work out in my brain what would have happened if I had written a pro-Russian article, in the Frankfurter Algemeine. Well, … we were all educated to write pro-European, pro-American, but please not pro-Russian. … But this is not what I understand for democracy, for press freedom, I am very sorry for that. … 

[6:30] Germany is still a kind of a colony of the United States, you’ll see that in many points; like for example, the majority of Germany do not want to have nukes in our country, but we still have American nukes; so, we are still a kind of an American colony, and, being a colony, it is very easy to approach young journalists through (and what is very important here is) transatlantic organizations. All journalists from respected and big German newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, they are all members or guests of those big transatlantic organizations, and in these transatlantic organizations you are approached to be pro-American, and … they invite you for seeing the United States, they pay for that, they pay all your expenses and everything. So, you are bribed, you get more and more corrupt, because they make you good contacts.  … So, you make friends, you think they are your friends and cooperate with them. They ask you, ‘will you do me this favor,’ ‘will you do me that favor,’ so your brain is more and more brainwashed, through these guys. …

Is this only the case with German journalists? No, I think it is especially the case with British journalists, because they have a much closer relationship. It is especially the case with Israeli journalists. Of course with French journalists. … It is the case for Australians, [with] journalists from New Zealand, from Taiwan, well, there is many countries, … like Jordan for example. … 

[9:17] Sometimes the intelligence agencies, they come to your office, and want you to write an article. … I just remember [for example] that the German foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst — it is just a sister organization of the Central Intelligence Agency, see it was founded by the American intelligence agency — … came to my office, and they wanted me to write an article about Libya and about Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. … They gave me all these secret informations, and they just wanted me to sign the article with my name. I did that. It was published in the Frankfurter Algemeine, … it was about how he secretly tried to build a poison gas factory, … it was a story that was printed worldwide days later, but I had no information on that [the CIA wrote it].  

[11:25] A very good example [what happens] if you say no [to the CIA]: … So [regarding the particular employee who said no], what happened is that he lost his job.  

[12:40] Six times my house was searched, … I have [had] three house attacks, [but] I have no children, so … it’s worse for the truth [for other journalists, whose family can be threatened, not only themselves]. 

Ulfkotte has become a turncoat. He had originally been a conservative Christian German, who opposed the increasing presence in Germany of Muslims. He then came to feel so guilty as a German having discovered as a journalist the role that a major German company played in helping Saddam Hussein to gas Kurds, but which his newspaper never published, so that Ulfkotte briefly converted to Islam. Perhaps he was dealing with the shame he felt about his not bucking his newspaper’s top management by simply ignoring them and going public about what he had found, his letting it remain hidden.

But then, he co-founded a Christian peace-movement against the Islamic extremism emerging in Germany. And now, he has come out with a book which argues that the U.S. is actually the biggest of all threats to peace. The book is available only in German, Gekaufte Journalisten, meaning “Purchased Journalists.”

Now that he has abandoned not just the anti-Islamic but the anti-Russian elements of traditional German culture, he no longer is welcomed among the conservative Germans who had helped him to build, and then, for decades, to advance, his successful long career as a ‘journalist,’ but which he now calls “propagandist.”

He is, perhaps, a German equivalent to America’s Kevin Phillips, the former Nixonian (inventor of “the Southern strategy”) who then became a critic of the very same aristocracy he had previously so well served while in office under Nixon.

Extensive other, independent, evidence, backs up Ulfkotte’s claim that the CIA is (and even that its predecessor the OSS actually was) essentially fascist. It was, in fact, set up by U.S. fascists; the CIA recruited especially anti-Russian nazis, throughout eastern Europe, and it directed European governments to work for Russia’s destruction. Examples of such evidence are this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this.

Consequently, there is no sound reason to doubt what Ulfkotte says: his narrative instead fits into a much broader documented picture, of U.S. oligarchically-led global fascism from behind the scenes, which systematically deceives publics throughout the industrialized countries, and produces wars that America’s aristocrats want: made-to-order and profitable wars (such as see this).

There also is a recent flurry of other news articles on the current consequences of that decades-long history, such as this, and this, and this, and this. The first three of those current examples come from Germany, just as does Ulfkotte’s own testimony. Moreover, a German poll in November 2013 showed increasing public distrust there of America’s government. Since Germany is central to the Western Alliance — and especially to the American aristocracy’s control over the European Union, over the IMF, over the World Bank, and over NATO — such a turn away from the American Government threatens the dominance of America’s aristocrats (who control our Government). A breakup of America’s ‘Alliance’ might be in the offing, if Germans continue to turn away from being just America’s richest “banana republic.”

However, U.S. President Obama is attempting to ward off that possibility, by placing America’s international corporations directly in control, above and beyond any laws by democratically elected governments: international fascism that’s beyond any nation-state. Harry Reid (and his power via Democratic control of the U.S. Senate) has been the main stumbling-block against Obama’s getting that (Obama’s mega international-trade deals) passed into law. (Congressional Republicans are overwhelmingly supportive of this Obama-initiative.)

Thus, if Democrats lose the Senate in November’s elections, Obama’s plan to achieve ironclad control over the public, handing America’s aristocracy yet another increase in their power, will be well within his reach; he’ll probably call it “bipartisan,” even though the vast majority of Democrats don’t want it.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • Me Who

    “we are still a kind of an American colony, and, being a colony, ” When were they ever an American colony? For that matter, and this is the key here, when did the US ever have war motives that were not supported by, formed by a foreign country? “Since Germany is central to the Western Alliance — and especially to the American aristocracy’s control over the European Union, over the IMF, over World Bank, and over NATO — such a turn away from the American Government threatens the dominance of America’s aristocrats (who control our Government).” Americans, citizens not government, would like to be free of international domination es as much as anyone else – but our govt like their govts have the ‘play book’. I for one am sick of seeing the US Military being pimped out all over the world while the poor are stolen from. So the US govt takes secOu votes or none at all, manipulates statistics, and citizens find out after the fact- that American money and lives were stolen by the very people given to protect them. BUT, the US is not like other countries with a defined ethnic history, like England is for English, Germany full of Germans, etc. O g

    • aerows

      Oh look. A doubt, distract, deceive and derail poster as the very first.

      I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you.

    • The Joker

      The Psychopaths are in charge, that’s who.


    Bought Journalism: How Politicians, Intelligence and High Finance Control Mass Media Video By RT Dr Udo Ulfkotte, German journalist speaks out. October 05, 2014


  • Me Who

    I found this comment by another poster in regards to the same. I don’t know the info well, it’s a surprise to me, but it’s what I was looking for. It makes sense. – ⚑ − London Connection 35 minutes ago Little does Udo Ulfkotte know the agency he was working for wasn’t American but agents of the Crown according the Research of Eustice Mullins. That same entity ordered the horrific fire bombing of Dresden civilians as part of clinical psychology experiment yet spared their Third Reich Bank of England Crown companies from a single targeted raid. “War is a racket.”, right Smedley?

    The CIA was formerly called the OSS and as you see it wasn’t American and isn’t American. Tell me when they gave up any power?

    “The OSS was actually set up by four members of the British Chief of Staff: Lord Louis Mountbatten (formerly Battenberg), a cousin of the King, and related to the Frankfort banking families. Rothschild and Cassel; Charles Hambro, director of Special Operations Executive, and director of Hambros Bank; Col.Stewart Menzies, head of Secret Intelligence Service; and William Stephenson, in charge of SIS American operations.”

    ~ page 140, World Order (Our Secret Rulers) written by American historian, author, and speaker Eustace Mullins.


    “The “American” secret service was never anything but a British operation.directed at all levels by representatives of the British Crown. OSS agents received advanced training for the European theater at Bletchley Park, British espionage headquarters. This site was chosen because it was only ten mBes from Woburn Abbey, where Lord Beaverbrook’ s agent, Sefton Delmer, operated the British “dirty tricks” center and other propaganda activities. Woburn Abbey was the ancestral home of the Duke of Bedford, Marquess of Tavistock. The British Bureau of Psychological, Warfare operated as the Tavistock Institute.

    ” page 141 World Order (Our Secret Rulers) written by American historian, author, and speaker Eustace Mullins.


    Page 263, 264,

    “A network of secret groups, the Mont Pelerin Society, Trilateral Commission, Ditchley Foundation, and Club of Rome is conduit for instructions to the Tavistock network. Tavistock Institute developed the mass brain-washing techniques which were first used experimentally on American prisoners of war in Korea. Its experiments in crowd control methods have been widely used on the American public, a surreptitious but nevertheless outrageous assault on human freedom by modifying individual behaviour through topical psychology. A German refugee, Kurt Lewin, became director of Tavistock in 1932. He came to the U.S. in 1933 as a “refugee”, the first of many infiltrators, and set up the Harvard Psychology Clinic, which originated the propaganda carnpaign to turn the American public against Germany and involve us in World War II. In 1938, Roosevelt executed a secret agreement with Churchill which in effect ceded U.S. sovereignty to England, because it agreed to let Special Operations Executive control U.S. polices. To implement this agreement, Roosevelt sent Gen. Donovan to London for indoctrination before setting up OSS (now the CIA) under the aegis of SOE-SIS. The entire OSS program, as well as the CIA has always worked on guidelines set up by the Tavistock Institute.”

    “The entire OSS program, as well as the CIA has always worked on guidelines set up by the Tavistock Institute. Tavistock Institute originated the mass civilian bombing raids carried out by Roosevelt and Churchill purely as a clinical experiment in mass terror, keeping records of the results as they watched the “guinea pigs” reacting under “controlled laboratory conditions”. All Tavistock and American foundation techniques have a single goalto break down the psychological strength of the individual and render him helpless to oppose the dictators of the World Order. Any technique which helps to break down the family unit, and family inculcated principles of religion, honor, patriotism and sexual behaviour, is used by the Tavistock scientis ts as weapons of crowd control. The methods of Freudian psychotherapy induce permanent mental illness in those who undergo this treatment by destabilizing their character. The victim is then advised to “establish new rituals of personal interaction”, that is, to indulge in brief sexual encounters which actually set the participants adrift with no stable personal relationships in their

    destroying their ability to establish or maintain a family. Tavistock Institute has developed such power in the U.S. that no one achieves prominence in any field unless he has been trained in behavioural science at Tavistock or one of its subsidiaries. Henry Kissinger, whose meteoric rise to power is otherwise inexplicable, was a German refugee and student of Sir John Rawlings Reese at SHAEF.””

    The CIA, Federal Reserve and the London Connection. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    • aerows

      Sowing the seeds of doubt harvests the very best crop for those that want the truth to be cast as a conspiracy theory.

      Why don’t we start with the OSS. Fact or Fiction? You’ll just float off on some distracting tangent, tell some lies with a grain of truth, and then make some petty appeal to authority or attempt to call people names.

      You aren’t very good at this gig, are you? I suggest you get moved to a different unit – your time in this one isn’t effective.

      • Me Who

        “sowing the seeds of doubt…” Ha, no, that’s OBVIOUSLY been done for us. Really, I don’t see how anyone could not doubt at this point. The material was a quote and there’s no lack of proof out there, but was just one attempt to understand behavior that clearly doesn’t make sense and is not ethical. I wish you were right. I used to think like you but the problems are evident and consequences too severe to ignore. Snowden whistleblowing smacked the stupid out of me! This is not a gig or a job. I just care and you should too.

    • The Joker

      Get this, it doesn’t matter whether they’re American or British, it’s controlled by psychopaths, that’s all that matters. Same thing with creed, religion and all that jazz, Remember ‘Divide and conquer’! Psychopaths can come in any shape or form, it’s not what they look like on the outside, it’s what they are on the inside. No conscience, egocentric, no empathy, no compassion, they actually look down on people for being ‘weak’, for having feelings. The only feelings they have is anger and frustration when they don’t get what they want.

      • Me Who

        I’m concerned about people who come from cultures that are an incubator for that pathology. In them it passes from generation to generation within a tightly enmeshed enclave of society. Even if you don’t account for potential genetic factors, everything environmentally present in these groups is very unhealthy. This is a potential threat to those who are (for genetic, religious, or socio-economic reasons) consistently labeled at various ranks as outsiders. From this, it would seem to be difficult for a member both to break away on account of moral character or integrity that would have to develop apart from that group, or for “outsiders” to trust or value a former member based on that related historical experience.

  • Brave man Herr Ulfkotte, and hats off to him.

    • Angela Bogaczy

      For telling us what we already know about journalists?

      • haprocclumog

        yup….well, he does what he has to do…he is selling a book !!

      • André De Koning

        Some people know, the majority still quotes CNN and NYT about how bad Assad is while they are completely complicit with a horrible war initiated by the US and Saudi.

  • nomadfiles

    German Publisters’ Association says you can’t buy a German journalist. You can only rent! I’m not kidding. They said that.

  • YES #Scotland
    YES #Palestine
    YES #Novorossiya
    YES REAL UKOK.fr.gd/About.htm

    • Southernfink

      Ah you’re back (^^,)

    • The Joker

      The Scottish poll was rigged.

    • Laura Green

      Join the petition, pls.
      Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives in London

      • We signed, he will be arrested soon.

      • Jana Mala

        Oh dear, why do you drink so much?

  • Thank you for standing up for the truth. Hopefully, you will inspire others to do the same.

  • haprocclumog

    hahaha…….when was Germany ever a colony of America…..he says “still sort of a colony of America…” bwa hahaha…..How can anyone believe this guy…first a Christian, converted to Islam then converted back to Christinity…..and yes, he is selling a book…I rest my case. word of the day Idiot….

    • super joe

      you must remember that at the end of wwll that there was no peace treaty between the u.s. and Germany. and that remains to this day. that is the reason for the comment that Germany is a u.s. coloney

    • lifeok

      You should did in an ISIS attack

    • Mohamed Hassan

      Look up why Germany doesn’t have a standing military today and you’ll have your answer

    • The Joker

      And perhaps the fact that Germany was divided for 40 years? With American control being predominant in West Germany? Have you heard of that?

  • martis01

    do the CIA and KGB meddle with the press directly or indirectly? … absolutely. that’s really old news. Is there a grand global conspiracy by the CIA to nuke Russia? No and for this guy to claim that is ludicrous.

    • The Joker

      You’re ridiculous. they don’t want them to nuke Russia, they want War. Because that’s how they make most of their money. That’s the way he Military-industry complex works

  • Doom Sternz

    Unless the corruption and abuse of power in the EU is stopped, there will be a war in Europe.

    “To initiate a war of aggression,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

    Visiting Azov battalion, the USA Today reported that some of Kiev’s volunteers are actually followers of Hitler’s ‘Third Reich’. These Nazi battalions are at the forefront of the genocide of the ethnic Russians in the Donbass. This genocide needs to occur to ensure that a pro Russian government is not returned to Ukraine. This is beyond the supreme international crime, this is accumulated pure evil like the world has never seen before.

  • Gunnar Forsgren (<- in photo)

    It would be interesting to know at what employment level monetary incentives stop and fear of losing ones job becomes the incentive. Because not all involved can possibly work their asses off producing smear campaigns to be awarded a beach home in southern CA at time of retirement ?

  • wombleranger

    The irony is that he admits to being a paid stooge but now we are supposed to believe he’s a good guy!

  • Ichbin EsNicht

    He is a disturbed invidual. Convert to islam? WTF???

    • The Joker

      You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • Laura Green
  • Rodion

    Great work! Thank You, Eric Zuesse and Udo Ulfkotte

  • nomad1984

    something about being in journalism makes you susceptible to heart attacks.
    like Breitbart and this guy.

  • Anon.
  • André De Koning

    Brave WaPo journalist to publish this as they only write anti-Syrian and anti-Russian propaganda.Complicit in the war on Syria even though we had to wait for 6 years to hear the truth from Al-Thani former PM of Qatar on the guilt of the US, SAudi, Turkey and Qatar. That is courage as the US has never admitted anything and chase a chimera called Russiagate (while interfering in every country they like without self-critique or reflection).