The FBI is preparing to launch a huge investigation to hunt for the mole in the CIA, who released a giant amount of classified papers to WikiLeaks.
Yesterday, suddenly, WikiLeaks published a data dump from the CIA, which they are calling Vault 7. This leak talked about the hundreds of ways the CIA can spy on an individual, including that the CIA can hack into any phone line, chat apps, etc.
WikiLeaks has promised more leaked information will be published on the website soon.
Once the CIA leaker is caught, they are likely to face a long prison sentence for the very detailed leaks. The most recent whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, Chelsea Manning, was given a 35 year sentence, although this was commuted in the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency.
The Daily Mail has more:
The FBI is launching a hunt to unmask the source of the CIA document leak which has rocked the US intelligence services.
Thousands of documents were suddenly published by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks yesterday, purportedly revealing hacking tools which the CIA uses to break into devices such as phones, computers and smart TVs.
It the latest in an embarrassing series of revelations, and WikiLeaks has promised more to come.
Investigators are now carrying out a massive operation to find who released the documents, with the source likely to face a long jail term if caught. The most recent whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, Chelsea Manning, was given a 35 year sentence, although this was commuted in the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency.
WikiLeaks claimed the latest haul, which it dubbed ‘Vault 7, Year Zero’, exposed the agency’s entire hacking tool kit.
It said this constituted an even bigger and more significant breach of US intelligence than the National Security Agency files leaked by analyst Edward Snowden.
Snowden, who fled to Russia in 2013 after the Justice Department announced two charges of breaching the Espionage Act of 1917, tweeted yesterday that the latest trove of files is a ‘genuinely a big deal’.
Former CIA Director Mike Hayden told MSNBC he had undertaken only a cursory review of the documents, but that if they were what they were purported to be, it would amount to a ‘very extensive file of the tactics, techniques, procedures, targets and other political rules’ under which the CIA hacks targets.
‘If it is that, it would be very, very damaging,’ he said.
The CIA has refused to be drawn on whether the documents are genuine, with spokesman Jonathan Liu stating: ‘We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.’
White House spokesman Sean Spicer also declined to comment.