Former CIA director Michael Hayden appeared on The Late Show on Tuesday night, and he defended his former agency from the implications of their recent data dump at the hands of WikiLeaks.
Stephen Colbert started off the interview by asking Hayden about his thoughts on President Trump‘s baseless wiretapping accusations against his predecessor, Barack Obama. Hayden has previously dismissed Trump’s claims, and he told Colbert that even though Trump has the authority to ask the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the FBI for proof, the president has yet to produce anything to back himself up.
The discussion soon turned to yesterday’s news of how WikiLeaks released thousands of documents that supposedly contain details about the CIA’s hacking capabilities and methods of cyber-espionage. Colbert specifically wanted to know whether the CIA is spying on Americans by hacking TVs and other technology in order to turn them into covert recording devices.
Hayden insisted that the CIA’s programs aren’t being used against U.S. citizens, though Colbert pressed on by bringing up the documents suggesting that the agency knows how to spy on people through Samsung televisions.
“There are some bad people in the world who have Samsung TVs too,” Hayden retorted. “There are people out there that you want us to spy on. You want us to have the ability to actually turn on that listening device inside the TV to learn that person’s intentions.”
Hayden went on to defend the agency, saying that their resources and programs give the intelligence community a “wonderful capability” for achieving security.
Watch above, via CBS.
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