Wikileaks has released thousands of documents stolen from CIA intelligence. The papers appear to be about the methods by which the CIA can hack smartphones, personal computers and web-connected TVs. The source of the information seems to be a database open to all CIA personnel with security clearance, for general reference. The agency is investigating who could have leaked the documents.
According to the Daily Caller:
WikiLeaks says it obtained the CIA files after the agency “lost control” of the documents after they began circulating among a 5,000-person network of former U.S. government hackers and contractors, one of whom WikiLeaks claims is the one who leaked the documents.
The CIA has stated that their surveillance activities are part of the agency’s function, and all procedures follow the relevant legal protocols. They went on to say that,
“The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the Intelligence Community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries. Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm.”
Wikileaks has since claimed that only 1 percent of the documents have been released so far, with thousands more to made public in several releases.