WikiLeaks claims to reveal US spy agency's secrets
WikiLeaks on Tuesday released what it called the “largest ever” collection of confidential CIA documents, APA reports quoting Anadolu.
The whistleblowing site said the documents focused on the agency’s hacking program and included details of software “cyberweapons” that can target mobile telephones, computers and Internet-connected TVs.
The near-9,000 documents could not be independently verified by Anadolu Agency and the CIA declined to comment.
WikiLeaks said the CIA had recently lost control of its cyberwarfare arsenal, including “malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized ‘zero day’ exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation”.
It was given access to the archive by an individual who was among a number of former U.S. government hackers and contractors who circulated details of the CIA’s cyber program “in an unauthorized manner”, according to a WikiLeaks statement.
The agency’s cyber activities allegedly targeted a wide range of electronic devices such as Apple iPhones, devices running Google’s Android OS, Microsoft Windows and Samsung smart televisions.
WikiLeaks said the latter could be turned into “secret microphones” and record private conversations.
“The CIA had created, in effect, its ‘own NSA’ with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified,” the statement said, referring to the National Security Agency, which has primary responsibility for electronic espionage.
The release is expected to be followed up by other CIA secrets.
“We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents,” CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu said.
In 2010, WikiLeaks published 250,000 diplomatic cables taken by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Related news releases
- 24.10.2017Spanish tourist shot, killed by police in Rio de Janeiro slum
- 22.10.2017Four critically wounded in Philadelphia shooting
- 22.10.2017Saakashvili announced disappearance of his three associates in Kyiv
- 22.10.2017Trump: Facebook was on Clinton's side during election, not mine
- 21.10.2017Trump plans to release classified JFK documents
- 21.10.2017US: Raqqa’s liberation marks 'beginning of a new phase'
- 20.10.2017Trump orders administration to deter conflict with Russia
- 20.10.2017City schools to begin controversial supplement in Brazil
- 19.10.2017Brazil Parliament Committee recommends dismissing charges against Temer
- 19.10.2017US: Visa talks with Turkey are productive
- 19.10.2017Ford to recall 1.34 million trucks in North America for door latch fix
- 19.10.2017Tillerson to visit Pakistan as well as India: senior U.S. official
- 18.10.2017US: 3 dead, 2 injured in Maryland shooting
- 18.10.2017Tillerson expresses support for Iraq’s unity
- 18.10.2017Hillary Clinton says U.S. threats of war with North Korea 'dangerous, short-sighted'
- 18.10.2017More than 90 percent of Raqqa liberated: Pentagon
- 18.10.2017Venezuela's Maduro defends disputed vote, opposition divided
- 18.10.2017US senators reach tentative health care deal
- 18.10.2017George Saunders wins the Man Booker prize for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo
- 17.10.2017US to 'not take sides' in Iraqi-Kurdish dispute: Trump
- 17.10.2017US forces kill dozens of Daesh fighters in Yemen
- 15.10.2017Powerful Hurricane Ophelia heads toward Ireland
- 15.10.2017Approach to Iran exposes growing irritation between U.S. and allies
- 14.10.2017Magnitude 5.4 quake rumbles southern Mexico, no reports of damage
- 14.10.2017Mattis says U.S. working to ensure situation around Kirkuk does not escalate
- 13.10.2017Donald Trump makes a statement on new Iranian strategy
- 13.10.2017US adds Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps to sanctions list
- 13.10.2017Trump strikes blow against Iran nuclear deal in major U.S. policy shift
- 13.10.2017Tillerson: Trump to stay in Iran nuclear deal, but decertify Tehran's compliance
- 13.10.2017US hopes to dialogue with Turkey over visa spat
- 13.10.2017Trump to announce US strategy on Iran on Friday: White House
- 13.10.2017Niger ambush that killed eight the work of new ISIL offshoot: Pentagon
- 13.10.2017US ready to return flags to Russia - State Department official
- 13.10.2017Officers killed, schools on lockdown after North Carolina prison break
- 12.10.2017Russian MoD delegation traveling to UN Headquarters denied US entry visas
- 12.10.2017UN secretary general ‘deeply regrets’ US pulling out of UNESCO
- 12.10.2017Trump signs executive order changing affordable Care Act Healthcare Insurance rules
- 12.10.2017U.S. withdraws from UNESCO
- 12.10.2017At least 23 dead, hundreds missing as winds fan California wildfires
- 12.10.2017US officials ‘respectfully' took down Russian flags - State Department
- 07.03.2017Trump says he is working on plan to bring down drug prices
- 08.03.2017Train collides with charter bus in Mississippi, at least 3 killed
- 08.03.2017OPEC begins dialogue with US shale oil
- 07.03.2017Trump blames Obama over Russia's annexation of Crimea
- 07.03.2017Trump says us uses whole spectrum of military capabilities to deter N. Korea
- 07.03.2017UN nuclear agency confident of cooperation with Trump administration