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    'Vault 7': WikiLeaks Exposes CIA's Global Covert Hacking Program in Largest Ever Leak (31)
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    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."

    In other words, the academic noted that "in a broader sense, disclosures like this [can be treated] as a kind of trimming exercise – or an incentive to be more discriminating, more aware, more discerning about targets." That, he stressed, would serve to reduce the impression that US intelligence agencies, whether it be the CIA or the NSA, are aiming their resources at those who seek to harm national security, not at ordinary people.

    The CIA, according to Kampmark, will certainly be hoping that the public, and the White House, simply accept the leaks as business as usual – as something that was formally kept a secret, but that everyone already got the sense was happening.

    Unfortunately for the agency, the professor noted that "we have a very interesting situation with the president of the United States, who is suspicious of the CIA – who sees conspiracies, not all of which are necessarily off the mark, and who has a very mixed relationship with the intelligence community. One of the things that is of course fundamental in understanding is that the president of the United States is meant to control the intelligence community, not the other way around."

    Accordingly, Kampmark noted, "what will be interesting will be to see is the impetus [the leak] gives –whether Trump officials or Mr. Trump himself act on this, or whether [the CIA] will hope that this somehow goes away, because it doesn't look good in that regard. We have the White House and the intelligence community seemingly at odds already, so how this plays out will be a very interesting point as matters develop, not just over the next few months, but for the next few years."

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      elsa.zardini
      It is fairly obvious to me that President Trump is well intentioned; hence he understands that he needs to avoid his own "suicide".
    • gentile awakening
      The cia are basically a gang, that want to control the US with subversion they are not looking out for my interests and i hope he can crack the whip on them.
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      peaceactivist2
      Well, everything boiled down to killings and more killings. The only good thing about this is that a tough man will always have a tough rival.
    • avatar
      francescoslossel
      i hope he don't mean something like a Us's dark soul...
    • One Tongue Johnny
      Like the struggle against jihad, the struggle against the CIA is a generational struggle. It will take patriotic American politicians and administrations 10 years to shake them, 100 years to severely wound them, and maybe 1000 years to finally destroy them and scatter them to the four winds.
      But it will be worth the wait.
      God bless America!
      And God damn all pathetic, creeping traitors and sneaky serpents who hate the ideals of the American nation!
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      C.Han
      I grew up in a country where the US were symbol of peace, freedom, truth, honesty and prosperity... Where 'Communists' were liars, cheaters, dictators, manipulators, warmongers, hypocrite and thieves famishing their own population.

      Now I see the US fighting inside-in and manipulating media like neo-nazi experts - Mr trump you have a hell of a mess to clean up!

      I see the enemies of yesterday helping population, providing humanitarian aid, talking to find peaceful solutions. De facto they are no liars, they are enlighten leaders , not looking for their own personal profits and interests but searching for prosperity and improving welfare of humans the best they can.

      I know now I was wrong!

      Now I feel right! my whole body and soul confirms it.
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      Eudoxiain reply toC.Han(Show commentHide comment)
      C.Han, Well said and you are not on your own there. We were all hoodwinked to believe the lie told by our Western governments. Many of us have woken up this fact. Many others are now waking up to this fact for the one fact that the US deep state has gone too far. They have overstepped the mark and the nefarious paranoia driven led control mechanisms of the few over the many is now being seen in the clear light of day far removed from conspiracy theory. For the many who have still not woken up from the fairy tale reality of our Western world the elites have spun for them is now time for them to step out and commence forward journey down the rabbit hole because the rabbit hole only goes one way and that's forward. The only way out is through.
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      Matthewbleu2
      The CIA is the greatest threat to freedom and liberty on Planet Earth. It hacked the 2016 US Presidential Elections and blamed it on Russia. Time for Trump to shut it down.
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      C.Hanin reply toEudoxia(Show commentHide comment)
      Eudoxia, Thanks. It is good to know I am not alone... I was quite hesitant writing the post. When one wake up, it is rather difficult to admit to be wrong and behaved wrongly in true faith before. It is even harder to acknowledge to be on the wrong/bad side while truly believing fighting for peace, prosperity, freedom and mankind.
      Thanks again.
    • avatar
      Jedediah von Wallace
      CIA has not "lost its way". It is doing what it was created to do. Must be dismantled.
    • avatar
      Antares Prime
      No way Trump is going to rein them in. He said the exact opposite throughout his campaign. The misguided and delusional hegemonic policies will continue, with a vengeance.
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