WikiLeaks Released Thousands of Documents Allegedly Containing CIA’s Spying, Hacking Programs

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WikiLeaks released thousands of documents on Tuesday, claiming that they hold significant details about the CIA and their capabilities for hacking and cyber-espionage.

While the CIA has not yet publicly commented on the authenticity of the leaks, the documents contain information about various infiltration codes, cyberwarfare strategies, and the ability to turn phones and TVs into recording devices. Wikileaks said, in a press release, that they obtained this information from an “isolated, high-security network” at the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, and the documents appear online as Vault 7 Part 1 of WikiLeaks’ “Year Zero” series.

From the press release:

The CIA had created, in effect, its ‘own NSA’ with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified…The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange also gave a comment in the release, saying that the disclosure of “Year Zero” will spark a new conversation on the “extreme proliferation risk” of online warfare. WikiLeaks says that they redacted certain bits of sensitive information, though they did reveal, among other things, that the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt is a base for CIA agents to go undercover in Germany.

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