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Vault 7: Disgruntled CIA Workers Sent an Important Message to President Trump

Vault 7: Disgruntled CIA Workers Sent an Important Message to President Trump

Vault 7: Disgruntled CIA Workers Sent an Important Message to President Trump
March 16
19:49 2017

Vault 7: Disgruntled CIA Workers Sent an Important Message to President Trump

 

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21:48 10.03.2017

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‘Vault 7’: WikiLeaks Exposes CIA’s Global Covert Hacking Program in Largest Ever Leak (29)

WikiLeaks has released a vast archive of data detailing the hacking and eavesdropping tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, a senior lecturer at RMIT University Melbourne, said that all signs point to the leak being the work of insiders trying to send an important message to President Trump.

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks published over 8,700 classified CIA files – the first part of its so-called Vault 7 release, which has already become the largest-ever release of confidential documents on the US foreign intelligence agency.

According to the whistleblowing website, the leak’s revelations, which include information that the agency creates homebrew viruses, runs a hacker base in the US consulate in Frankfurt, can spy on people through smart tvs, and is working on hacking into modern cars to carry out untraceable assassinations, were just 1% of the information WikiLeaks has in its possession.

Officials at both the CIA and the FBI have each indicated that they are conducting inquiries into the source of the leaks.

Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Professor Binoy Kampmark, an expert on US politics and international affairs, said that he felt it pretty obvious that the information was leaked by someone inside the CIA itself, and for an important reason.

“In the intelligence community in the United States, there are certain disgruntled individuals [concerned] about the way operations are being run, and it’s obvious that material has come out that was felt by some of these individuals needed to be discussed,” Kampmark explained.

“The point made by WikiLeaks in one of its dispatches [explaining] the files being disclosed was that the CIA has essentially lost control with certain members of its community over the agency’s hacking capabilities.” The leak, the professor noted, “seems to be the result of that.”

The leak’s revelations, he added, indicate very clearly that “that bloated intelligence communities seem to be plaguing us.” In other words, “rather than focusing and discriminating on targets, they seem to be losing the plot in terms of identifying targets of value,” going for the mass accumulation of data using technology instead of targeting people who may actually pose a threat to US security.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence described the Vault 7 leak as “a very serious offense,” and declared that authorities would use the “full force of the law” in going after those behind it. White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated that the leaks were outrageous, and undermined US security and well-being. Trump himself however has remained silent on the issue so far.

Asked what kind of message the Trump administration can be expected to take from the leak, Professor Kampmark suggested that it help give the White House the necessary push to refocus the CIA. “I think it comes down to a fundamental issue –something also said by former intelligence officers who are familiar with this: the point is to trim operations to focus specifically on value targets – to start identifying ways where this can be done.”

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