It’s official. Wikileaks has dropped an 8,000 page bomb about illegal surveillance by the CIA.
This is insane, and it looks like it’s all in response to President Trump’s tweet yesterday. To catch you up to speed – President Trump tweeted in the early morning accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower illegally. In response, Wikileaks just exposed how much illegal access the CIA and other intelligence agencies have to our phones and data. This is going to blow up really fast over the next couple of days – it already has.
They’re saying this drop is “the largest ever publication of confidential news documents on the agency.” So hold onto your tinfoil hat and take a deep breath, because this is about to get way bigger once everyone finishes reading through this mammoth document.
These thousands of documents were leaked from Langley, where the CIA holds an “isolated, high-security network.” A former US government employee gave this to Wikileaks because he or she wanted to “initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.”
The documents reveal that the CIA under the Obama administration had over 5000 employees involved in a concerted effort to hack into Android and Apple smartphones. Once in, they can take part or full control of the device to read data, destroy information, or create a false paper trail. This is incredibly troubling stuff, but the rabbit hole goes deeper. They have developed (or in some cases, bought from hacker groups) processes that can turn Android or Apple devices into a recording or transmission device.
According to US law, the CIA needs to have a warrant from a court if they want to surveil a US citizen.
These 8,761 documents were released as “Vault 7, Part 1.” We can expect a Part 2 from Julian Assange at Wikileaks.
Read more at Fox News:
“We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents,” a CIA spokesperson told Fox News.
The collection of purported intelligence documents includes information on CIA-developed malware — bearing names such as “Assassin” and “Medusa” — intended to target iPhones, Android phones, smart TVs and Microsoft, Mac and Linux operating systems, among others. An entire unit in the CIA is devoted to inventing programs to hack data from Apple products, according to WikiLeaks.
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.