On Tuesday, WikiLeaks published what it claims is the largest batch of confidential documents ever released regarding the Central Intelligence Agency. More than 8,000 documents were published on Tuesday as part of ‘Vault 7’, which is a series of leaks on the intelligence agency.
A total of 8,761 documents have been published as part of ‘Year Zero’ by WikiLeaks, the first in a series of leaks the whistleblower organization has entitled ‘Vault 7.’
In a statement released by WikiLeaks, it said ‘Year Zero’ will reveal 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 originated from a network inside of the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.
“Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA),” WikiLeaks said in the statement. “The CIA found itself building not just its now infamous drone fleet, but a very different type of covert, globe-spanning force — its own substantial fleet of hackers.”
“The agency’s hacking division freed it from having to disclose its often controversial operations to the NSA (its primary bureaucratic rival) in order to draw on the NSA’s hacking capacities,” the statement said.
The source of the data information relayed to WikiLeaks via a statement that they wish to initiate a public debate regarding the “security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.”
“The source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public, including whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency,” according to WikiLeaks. “The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.”
Policy questions surrounding the debate in the public should include, “whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency,” the source told WikiLeaks.
The FAQ section of the released documents notes some key details that highlight the true nature of the leak, as the information was “obtained recently and covers through 2016.”
According to the CIA timestamps on the released documents, the time period covered in the latest leak is between 2013 and 2016.
WikiLeaks has stated that it has not gone through the entire leak and has only verified the documents, asking and calling on journalists and activists to do the work of digging through the documents and producing articles regarding the content contained within.
“Those who demonstrate journalistic excellence may be considered for early access to future parts,” Wikileaks said.
(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)