In what WikiLeaks is calling “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency,” 8,000 pages of confidential details from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been released to the public.
The disclosure includes 8,761 of files and documents called “Year Zero” and released as “vault 7, Part 1.” Originally collected by a high-security network at the CIA facility in Langley, Virginia, it appears the documents were leaked by government hackers and contractors. This could mean America has another Snowden.
A total of 8,761 documents have been published as part of ‘Year Zero’, the first in a series of leaks the whistleblower organization has dubbed ‘Vault 7.’ WikiLeaks said that ‘Year Zero’ revealed details of the CIA’s “global covert hacking program,” including “weaponized exploits” used against company products including “Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.”
WikiLeaks tweeted the leak, which it claims came from a network inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.
Among the key topical revelations is that the CIA can engage in “false flag” cyberattacks which portray Russia as the assailant. Discussing the CIA’s Remote Devices Branch’s UMBRAGE group, Wikileaks’ source notes that it “collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.
As Fox News adds:
Some of the remote hacking programs can allegedly turn numerous electronic devices into recording and transmitting stations to spy on their targets, with the information then sent back to secret CIA servers. One document appears to show the CIA was trying to “infect” vehicle control systems in cars and trucks for unspecified means.
WikiLeaks hinted that the capabilites revealed in Tuesday’s disclosure could have even darker utility than simply spying.
“It would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations,” the release stated.
WikiLeaks is determined to have this type of monitoring debated in public. It’s interesting that these leaks come just as President Donald Trump Tweeted that Barack Obama’s administration wiretapped and monitored his campaign at Trump Tower during critical months of the 2016 presidential campaign.