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FBI, CIA Begin Investigation for Person Who Leaked Info to WikiLeaks

FBI, CIA Begin Investigation for Person Who Leaked Info to WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks published documents about CIA’s hacking operations in March.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fpQDtkFtPI

CBS News has reported that the FBI and CIA have started an investigation to find the person who provided WikiLeaks with secret documents.

The investigation is linked to the WikiLeaks publication of almost 9,000 pages that detailed the CIA’S hacking operations. According to the documents, the CIA uses its own malware to hack into anyone’s electronics and spy on them. The agency even has malware from Russia, and other countries, which means agents can make an attack look like it came from that country.

CBS News reported:

Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken or how it was stolen.

Much of the material was classified and stored in a highly secure section of the intelligence agency, but sources say hundreds of people would have had access to the material. Investigators are going through those names.

The FBI and CIA warned about an investigation a day after Wikileaks published the documents. In response, Wikileaks state it received the documents from someone within the agency:

WikiLeaks said the CIA recently “lost control” of the majority of its hacking arsenal. “This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA,” the site said in a statement. “The archive appears to have been circulating among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”

Last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo lashed out against Wikileaks and Julian Assange:

“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” he said.

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His name was Seth Rich, and he was shot on the street.

Look for a woman about Hillary’s age who has not been keeping up with he Kegel exercise and you will find your leaker.

Leaked in March and they’re just getting around to starting an investigation in late April.

So this is a low-priority item.

    Old0311 in reply to tom swift. | April 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    There was that very important Trump/Russia propaganda dispersal the FBI was doing to make sure all Americans are aware how the Russians got My President elected. smh Comey needs to take a long walk and not come back.

The situation is analogous to Watergate. So, they should not be looking for Deep Plunger of Water Closet fame, or some disenfranchised Democratic insider, but the people (e.g. Obama, Clinton) and special interests (e.g. Washington Post, New York Times) that participated in the cover-up, including an effort to resurrect and project responsibility to dead Soviet leftists.

inspectorudy | April 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm

When does the investigation start on the people who leaked the info of Gen. Flynn and the Trump team?

“The archive appears to have been circulating among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”

But according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo:

“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” he said.

By the time WikiLeaks got hold of this intelligence, it was already broadly available. It was easily obtained by the hacker who gave it to Assange because it was being carelessly passed around in e-mails. So who is to blame the “non-state hostile intelligence service” or the CIA for being incompetent? It’s not stealing if you leave you wallet in the men’s room. Or in the case of the CIA, your wallet, Franklin planner, car keys, ATM card (PIN # written on it) and house keys.

I just wish the FBI would put a little more emphasis on finding criminals and less on hounding whistle-blowers.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to rdmdawg. | April 21, 2017 at 9:35 am

    But then……. who would do the work of the FBI and CIA….
    oh and NSA also!

From a CIA intelligence gathering standpoint, this is a big deal. Now, the reasons for the disclosure that the information released by Wikileaks is accurate and that there is an active investigation into the identity of the person(s) responsible for leaking this information is what is really important.

Generally, on a mole hunt, which this is now appears to be, the investigation is kept totally quiet. Sometimes even after the mole is identified and dealt with. It is possible that the investigative agency will reach a point where they will believe that they are not going to be able to reliably identify or take action against a person suspected of being a mole. In this case, public disclosure may cause the mole to visibly react and give himself away.

The release of the information that the mole hunt is under weigh could also serve two other purposes. It sets up the potential to blame the Wikileaks leak on someone other than the CIA. Say, an agent of a foreign government. It also, it is already happening, make a case that Wikileaks is affiliated with, and probably financed by, the evil Russian Empire.

What is being totally ignore, not overlooked but ignored, is that these documents specifically state that the CIA plans to use, if it has not already done so, the same hacking software and techniques used by Russian intelligence services, as well as most of the hacking world, in an effort to deflect suspicion that the CIA was responsible for the hacking. This point is HUUUGGEE. It was alleged evidence of this type of software that was a major factor in the belief that Russian sources were responsible for the hacking attack on the DNC server. The take away is, that if the Wikileaks documents are factual, then it could have been almost anyone, including the CIA, who hacked the servers. And, if the documents were acquired from a CIA insider, then one has to wonder at the reason for their release. It could have been to protect another state sponsored intelligence operation. It could have been done to harm the CIA. Or, it could have been to counter a false flag operation run by the CIA or one of its contractors.

The fallout from this past election just keeps getting better and better, Even Hollywood can’t turn out stories like this stuff.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mac45. | April 21, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Your golden nugget Mac, “the information released by Wikileaks is accurate…”

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