WikiLeaks blew the CIA’s cyber intelligence division wide open for worldwide public scrutiny. Zero-day exploits, CIA efforts to hack phones and the intelligence agency’s attempts to obfuscate malware code to throw of anti-virus investigators were but a few revelations published – with more parts of the series to soon follow.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 13, 2017
WikiLeaks highlighted the endangerment of common privacy. FBI director James Comey said in the first week of the Vault 7 release that “absolute privacy” should not be expected by Americans.
“Assange and his ilk make common cause with dictators today. Yes, they try unsuccessfully to cloak themselves and their actions in the language of liberty and privacy,” Pompeo said. “In reality, however, they champion nothing but their own celebrity.”
Pompeo accused the page of allowing itself to be used by a Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU. Maintaining the Russians-did-it line when speaking about the DNC hacks, Pompeo said GRU used WikiLeaks “to release data of U.S. victims that the GRU had obtained through cyber operations against the Democratic National Committee.”
This isn’t the first time the CIA has launched war rhetoric against WikiLeaks and nor will it be the last. How the CIA intends to stop WikiLeaks from exercising its right to publish is yet to be seen.