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The blogosphere is abuzz with news that Markos Moulitsas, the Daily Kos’ founder and owner, and outspoken Democratic Party would-be kingmaker was/is a CIA operative… Compounding the wound is Moulitsas’ own admission that “he would have ‘no problem working for them’ in the present.” That’s an awfully odd opinion for a man helming one of the nation’s largest “progressive” blogs. Is there any substance to the claims?
Certainly Moulitsas is not lacking in enemies, or people who simply envy his success or dislike his penchant for authoritarian fiats in support of what many leftists (of the more genuine type) perceive as misplaced support for establishment worthies, even worthies like Howard Dean who like to present themselves as “outsiders.”
The charges are damning, and, because of that, we introduce them here in the spirit of the blogosphere, so that other voices may add information and insight to this matter, but with the caveat (and almost a tinge of disbelief) that Cyrano’s Journal is still sorting out the facts. Surely. whatever we may think of Moulitsas or Daily Kos, he deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to such serious allegations.
In this context we should remember that—leaving aside for a moment the possibility that he may be the victim of a Rovian psyops to derail his influence (as suggested by my colleague Guy Zimmerman below), it’s not unusual for people to switch sides.
Since at least the French Revolution some remarkable people have moved from right to left and viceversa. Consider David Brock, former Republican dirty tricks apparatchik, onetime Clintonite tormenter, and later founder of the very liberal and useful MEDIAMATTERS.ORG. On the other hand, many more, perhaps lured by fame, money and other perks facilitated by serving the oligarchy—have traveled to the right. A couple of specimens in this latter smelly bucket are David Horowitz, one of today’s most vicious witchhunters, and Christopher Hitchens, the ertswhile leftist wit who gained acclaim by deconstructing Princess Di and Mother Theresa. Is, then, Markos Moulitsas a recent convert to the left (er..center)? Did he really abandon his rightwing proclivities and redeem himself with a drift leftward, even if his official politics today do not make him more dangerous to the status quo than a mainstream liberal or a someone armed with a lollipop?
Perhaps the fairest thing to do might be to suspend final judgment until the major details have been verified. Problem is, too much has happened. My own feeling is that Moulitsas has dug his own grave, and that this set of disclosures will do little for his prestige in, well, progressive circles. Still, whatever the outcome, one thing requires consideration. The Daily Kos is a vast self-publishing place which, for all the policing by Moulitsas’ staff and their erratic attempts at censorship, often escapes editorial control, just like many threads at Cyrano reflect opinions that are often completely at variance with the editors’ own views. As long as Daily Kos continues to serve as a powerful platform for the distribution of legitimate leftwing views, it performs a service above and separate from whatever views Moulitsas himself may pack.
But enough of an introduction. Here’s what’s being said. When more facts are available, we’ll piece together a complete and hopefully definitive dossier on the issue. —P. Greanville
REPRODUCED FROM KURT NIMMO’S ANOTHER DAY IN THE EMPIRE REPORT \ Thursday August 09th 2007, 8:04 am
The proudly patriotic Moulitsas Zúñiga, pre DK days.
Is it possible Markos Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga, leader of the “Kossaks,” that is to say followers and fawners of the Daily Kos, is a CIA operative? Francis Holland, posting on the My Left Wing messageboard, details Moulitsas’ relationship with the CIA:
“Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, owner of the DailyKos website, now admits that he spent six months in the employ of the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2001,” writes Holland. “In a one-hour interview on June 2, 2006 at the Commonwealth Club, Moulitsas, also known as ‘Kos,’ admitted that he was a CIA employee and would have ‘no problem working for them’ in the present.”
“I applied to the CIA and I went all the way to the end, I mean it was to the point where I was going to sign papers to become Clandestine Services,” Moulitsas admits in the interview. “And it was at that point that the Howard Dean campaign took off and I had to make a decision whether I was gonna kinda join the Howard Dean campaign, that whole process, or was I was going to become a spy. (Laughter in the audience.) It was going to be a tough decision at first, but then the CIA insisted that if, if I joined that, they’d want me to do the first duty assignment in Washington, DC, and I hate Washington, DC. Six years in Washington, DC [inaudible] that makes the decision a lot easier.”
Moulitsas considers the CIA “a very liberal institution,” never mind the agency, according to John Stockwell, former CIA Station Chief in Angola (see my John Stockwell: The Third World War video), is responsible for killing more than six million people.
This is a very liberal institution. And in a lot of ways, it really does attract people who want to make a better, you know, want to make the world a better place…. Of course, they’ve got their Dirty Ops and this and that, right but as an institution itself the CIA is really interested in stable world. That’s what they’re interested in. And stable worlds aren’t created by destabilizing regimes and creating wars…. I don’t think it’s a very partisan thing to want a stable world. And even if you’re protecting American interests, I mean that can get ugly at times, but generally speaking I think their hearts in the right place. As an organization their heart is in the right place. I’ve never had any problem with the CIA. I’d have no problem working for them
Is it possible Mr. Moulitsas does not have a problem with the documented fact the CIA’s predecessor, the Overseas Secret Service, imported Nazis to work for the soon to be created CIA under General Reinhard Gehlen? “Gehlen was far from the only Nazi war criminal employed by the CIA. Others included Klaus Barbie (’the Butcher of Lyon’), Otto von Bolschwing (the Holocaust mastermind who worked closely with Eichmann) and, SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny (a great favorite of Hitler’s),” writes Mark Zepezauer (The CIA’s Greatest Hits, Odonian Press, 1994). “There’s even evidence that Martin Bormann, Hitler’s second-in-command at the end of the war, faked his own death and escaped to Latin America, where he worked with CIA-linked groups.
Or that the CIA financed the P-2 Masonic lodge, connected with the Vatican and the Mafia, and enthusiastically supported Operation Gladio, the “strategy of tension” terrorist “stay behind army” effort in Europe, responsible of train station bombings and assassinations, run by former SS Nazis? Is it possible Mr. Moulitsas supports the CIA effort to create shell banks such as the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, accurately characterized by former CIA director and current Sec. Def. Robert Gates as “the Bank of Crooks and Criminals International”? Does Moulitsas support the idea of MK-ULTRA, a program designed to test “radiation, electric shocks, electrode implants, microwaves, ultrasound and a wide range of drugs on unwitting subjects, including hundreds of prisoners at California’s infamous Vacaville State Prison,” as Zepezauer notes? Or what about the CIA getting into the heroin business with the Corsican Mafia, paving the way for highly profitable drug importation operations in Central America and Afghanistan, money used not only to enrich the “investment” (in death and misery) bankers but also used for the CIA’s black budget? How liberal is it to engage in assassination, genocide, and plotting the overthrow of governments in Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia (where more than 500,000 people were put to death, many of them due to CIA drafted “death lists”), and dozens of other countries?
Of course, the CIA long ago penetrated the “liberal” as well as the “conservative” corporate media in America. “Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were William Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Henry Luce of Time Inc., Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times, Barry Bingham Sr. of the Louisville Courier-Journal and James Copley of the Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include the American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, The Miami Herald, and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald-Tribune. By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with The New York Times, CBS, and Time Inc.,” writes Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein (Rolling Stone, Oct. 20, 1977). “From the Agency’s perspective, there is nothing untoward in such relationships, and any ethical questions are a matter for the journalistic profession to resolve, not the intelligence community.”
Indeed, it would appear Markos Moulitsas finds nothing “untoward in such relationships,” if we are to believe his above quoted comments.
Finally, Moulitsas’ relationship with the CIA makes perfect sense, as Daily Kos appears to be yet another political front operation tasked with cracking the whip over “progressive” Democrats and marching them off to support the Bilderberger Queen Hillary Clinton and her probable running mate, Barack Obama, both on record as supporting the neocon plan to reduce the Muslim world to a smoldering wasteland, albeit with stylistic policy changes. It is no secret the CIA has long stage managed the controlled opposition and Moulitsas’ admitted relationship with the agency should be considered a coup de grâce, an effort designed to reduce the “progressive” Democrat opposition to the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the impending attack to be leveled against Iran as little more than an empty and absurd rhetorical slogan.
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL BY FRANCIS L. HOLLAND:
July 08, 2007
The Indictment of Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA by Justice and History
INDICTED BY THE FACTS
Having discovered that Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA, founder of DailyKos) has a long history of participation in and support of the Republican Party and, moreover, trained with the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2001, now research into the life and history of Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑiGA has revealed and established the following facts and, therefore, justice and history now bring this twenty-seven count indictment of Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA:
1). Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA was born in Chicago, NOT El Salvador, and therefore he is a US citizen and is NOT and never was an immigrant, in spite of his habitual assertions to the contrary.
2). Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA lied when he said “I don’t have money. I don’t come from a famous or powerful family. I was an immigrant to the United States.”
3). Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA was a Ronald Reagan Republican throughout the 1980’s, campaigning for Ronald Reagan, George. H.W. Bush, and Republican Representative Henry Hyde, and is a proponent of “states’ rights.” CatoUnbound.Org:Markos Moulitsas [ZÚÑIGA] [NOTE: This claim by Holland sounds strange since Moulitsas, born in 1971, would have been about 10 at the time. —Eds]
4). Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA was trained for six months at Central Intelligence Agency offices in Washington, DC in 2001, with or without pay. Speech to the Commonwealth Club
5). Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA has told the media, without naming her, that his mother “returned to El Salvador several years ago to run a hotel.”
6). In fact, Mr. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA’s family owns a sumptuous and “exclusive” resort hotel in El Salvador called the Jaltapeque Suites Hotel. [Moulitsas wedding pix at family-owned resort]
7). Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA invited friends and family to celebrate with him at the this Jaltepeque Suites Hotel after he was married in the year 2000.
8). The Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA family’s hotel actually received five million dollars in foreign investments between 1997 and 2000.
9). Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga, the “family” member listed in government records as “manager” of the MoulitsasZÚÑIGA’s hotel is also president of the “Junta Directiva” of the CÁMARA SALVADOREÑA DE TURISMO (CASATUR), the national tourism board of El Salvador.
10). The man listed in public documents as the “manager” of the MoulitsasZÚÑIGA’s hotel is also a member of the “Junta Directiva” of the “Sistema de Integración de Centroamerica” (System for Integration of Central America).
11). The man listed as the manager of the Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA’s hotel is also named in Salvadoran Government documents as the “ADMINISTRADOR UNICO PROPIETARIO” (Administrator Sole Proprietor) of PRODUCTOS TURISTICOS Y OTROS, SOCIEDAD ANONIMA DE CAPITAL VARIABLE – PROTURO, S.A. DE C.V.
12). Proturo, S.A. de C.V. is also known as the “Baja Salt Group,” which does business as “Baja Salt.”
13). Baja Salt distributes table salt and industrial salt in the United States, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Central and South America, and offices in Odessa, Texas, where President George W. Bush was born.
14). Baja Salt is the sole distributor Central Americafor the salt produced by Mexico’s Exportadora de Sal, S.A. (ESSA).
15). Baja Salt/ESSA is a notorious polluter of pristine grey whale and sea turtle spawning grounds and habitat.
16). ESSA is represented in its environmental pollution cases by the same Skadden, Arps firm that represents The Carlyle Group.
17). The internationally powerful Carlos Alberto Delgado ZÚÑIGA, the “family” member listed in government records as “manager” of the Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA’s hotel is a board member of El Salvador’s ANEP, the Asociación Nacional de Empresas Privadas (National Association of Private Corporations).
18).ANEP is listed by the US Central Intelligence Agency as a right-wing “political pressure group.”
19). ANEP is “a lobby of El Salvador’s most influential businessmen” that advocates free markets and “wants to privatize El Salvador’s water delivery” and its hospitals, which has led to large popular demonstrations in El Salvador against ANEP’s pro-corporate policies. CountryData.Com
20). The large national and international corporate members of ANEP were the principal political opponents of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero before he was assassinated.
21). ANEP ran a vigorous media campaign against El Salvador’s populist Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero in the months that led up to his assassination on March 24 1980.
22). The corporate members of ANEP were the principal political opponents of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero before he was assassinated. CIA: Political Pressure Groups Mongabay.com
23). While Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA was campaigning for Ronald Reagan and other Republicans, the Reagan Administration provided billions of dollars in military and other aid to the Salvadoran Government and to the right-wing pressure groups believed to be responsible for the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. Total United States aid to El Salvador rose from US$264.2 million in fiscal year (FY) 1982 to an estimated US$557.8 million in FY 1987. On average over this period, economic aid exceeded military aid by more than a two-to-one ratio. [Please see our previous objection on this topic, concerning Moulitsas’ age.—Eds]
Economic aid was provided in the form of Economic Support Funds (ESF), food aid under Public Law 480 (P.L. 480), and development aid administered by the United States Agency for International Development (AID). ESF was intended to provide balance of payments support to finance essential non food imports. Assistance with food imports as well as the direct donation of foodstuffs was accomplished through the P.L. 480 program. Development aid covered a broad spectrum of projects in such fields as agriculture, population planning, health, education, and training. For FY 1987, regular non supplemental ESF appropriations totaled US$181.7 million, and combined food and development aid amounted to US$122.7 million. The regular FY 1987 appropriation for military aid was US$116.5 million. Mongabay.Com: Country Studies/El Salvador.
24). In 1983, another source provided the U.S. embassy with a chilling account of how death-squad operations were planned, financed and executed. According to the source, these right-wing death squads, which were all connected to D’Aubuisson’s group,
“get their orders from paymasters in the Sola family … younger members of the de Sola family and some members of the National Association of Businessmen (ANEP) … The chain of command then proceeds to death-masters like [deleted] [who] have contacts with retired officers who go around to the different security forces as “black bag” men, paying off and recruiting likely foot-soldiers. The latter are recruited at the lower and even middle levels (captains and majors) of the different security forces. Death squad hit-men thus recruited are on the receiving end of a vertical hierarchy leading up to the paymasters (whom the foot-soldiers do not know…).” Center for International Policy
25). In spite of the leadership role of Carlos Alberto Delgado ZÚÑIGA’s in ANEP, and ANEP’s role in the events leading to the assassination of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA has told the public and his supporters — cynically and as part of a continuing history of misinformation and deception — that Archbishop Oscar Romero was one of his “heroes.”
26). Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA could not be unaware of these facts, and yet, through dozens or hundreds of media interviews, he has persistently hid his knowledge of these facts, and of his family’s role, from his supporters and from the American public.
27). Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA has lied to the public about whom he really is, and he is not the person whom he pretends to be, but is an impostor who makes a mockery of progressive people and progressive values.
Still, a myriad of questions remain and demand to be answered about his activities:
1). Why has he NEVER, EVER revealed in public the name of even ONE of his blood relatives?
2). What is the name of the uncle of Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA who was once the Minister of Education in El Salvador?
3. Why has Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA not revealed that the “manager” of his “family business” in El Salvador, Carlos Alberto Delgado ZÚÑIGA , was a board member of ANEP?
4). Who is Maria Elizabeth ZÚÑIGA de Delgado, the woman listed in Salvadoran Government documents as “Alternate Administrator” of Proturo, S.A. de S.V.?
5). To what degree does Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚNÍGA stand to benefit financially from the ongoing financial and political activities of Carlos Alberto Delgado ZÚÑIGA, Maria Elizabeth ZÚÑIGA de Delgado, the Jaltapeque Suites Hotel, the Baja Salt (Group), PROTURO, ESSA, ANEP and any related persons, corporations, groups, economic and political activities?
6). Why has Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚNÍGA never acknowledged, disavowed and disconnected himself from these activities?
7). Is Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚNÍGA now receiving and/or has he ever received (e.g. in 2001) payments or other compensation from the US Government, directly or indirectly, for his intelligence work or other activities?
8). Why has Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA lied about so many things to so many people?
9). Why would any responsible candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination attend a YearlyKos Convention’s Presidential Leadership Forum, named after Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA, before insisting upon learning the answers to all of these pressing and politically significant questions? [No one who understands the US political system, crammed with disgusting opportunists, would ask this question in earnest.—Eds]
10). With so many serious and troubling questions raised about the work and history of Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA, the judgment of justice and history call upon and compel all of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Christopher Dodd, Sen. John Edwards, Gov. Bill Richardson, to cancel their participation in the YearlyKos Conference.”
Progressive and other blogs linking to this indictment include:
The Unapologetic Mexican Blog: Markos Revealed!
A reader at this site puts it very cogently:
I have never followed the Kos site — it just wasn’t off the scale enough for me. But it does seem that he is hardly a supporter of privilege or the U.S. right wing. His main sin was to claim a humble background. Bad boy, Kos!
I can honestly say I have tried to read the site, but found it mostly soporific. I might have read it three times in three years. I just don’t “get it”. On the other hand, I do admire anyone that can come up with a scheme to make a very good living from writing what they want to write, and fake-o life story or not, Kos gets my respect there…Also, in a period where public cynicism is the norm he has tried mightily to get people involved with the political crisis. As Nez says, this should be interesting in Blogsylvania, Left and Right. I just hope it does not distract too much from the idea that Bush and Cheney need to be impeached and publicly flayed for good measure. Just a suggestion.
Also linked at the Religious Left blog, which says, “Markos Moulitsas and Ronald Reagan Stood Together Against Progressive Values.”
Also linked at Field Negro, who says, “Markos, if this is true you’re going to have a lot of explaining to do!”
Mo Betta Blog says, “If nothing else, we get a more complete picture of one of the most prominent partisan Democrat bloggers and would-be power players, including perhaps some insight into why DailyKos operates in such an authoritarian manner and the positions that the blog appears to favor regarding the political direction of the US.”
Marisacat links and says of DailyKos, “Thuggishness is going to have consequences.”
Even before this news about the CIA, ANEP and Salvadoran death squad questions arose, the Blogroll Amnesty blog said, “I just found this link via Francis Holland’s main blog. It’s called The Truth About Kos. A number of links gathered together in one place.”
Bartcop.Com says, “It seems odd that two of the biggest lefty blogs, Kos and Arianna, are run by former Republicans who will say anything to discredit our Democratic front-runner.”
Salon/Tabletalk.Com commenter says, “This is a very interesting article posted on Bartcop about Kos, including that the poor family he claims he comes from is quite influential and wealthy in El Salvador, and that he trained for the CIA for 6 months in 2001.”
SuprmChaos.Com asks, “Is Kos a Repug Mole?”
Columbuser.Com says,” Hmm. Mark McNally at Paindealer links to an article about Kos at As Ohio Goes, but the post seems to have been disappeared. The link now dumps you to the blog’s front page. The original post is referenced at BlogNetNews, so I’m sure Paindealer didn’t image it. (…) Fortunately, the Kos post was cross-posted at The Truth About Kos (DailyKos).
Democratic Underground says: “The Truth About Kos: Truth or Mere Allegations?”