Following last week’s ‘Vault 7’ WikiLeaks intelligence dump allegedly outlining the entire hacking capacity of the CIA, law enforcement sources working closely with the agency reportedly state that a federal probe into the matter is ‘rapidly unfolding.’
The intelligence dump which is being called the single largest publication of CIA secrets, allegedly exposed the agency’s practice of weaponizing consumer products such as smart TVs and smartphones against unsuspecting users, turning products into hidden microphones capable of recording private conversations without a due process and feeding the information directly back to the CIA.
In addition to the using consumers products for warrantless surveillance in clear violation of the 4th amendment, the controversial intelligence dump stands to cause unthinkable ramifications in terms of foreign policy being that it alleges the CIA was actively engaging in ‘false flag’ hacking which would intentionally portray Russia as the assailant despite their innocence.
For those unfamiliar with the developing ‘Vault 7’ controversy, see our previous reports here:
- Vault 7’: WikiLeaks Dumps Over 8,000 Pages of Documents Allegedly Outlining the ‘Entire Hacking Capacity of the CIA’
- ‘There is Heavy S— Coming Down’: Feds on Hunt for Those Behind WikiLeaks ‘Vault 7’ CIA Hacking Dump
- ‘Vault 7’: WikiLeaks Claims the CIA’s Nightmare Has Only Just Begun…
- Congress Created a Monster
As the Wall Street Journal has reported, sources familiar with the investigation into the leak explain that federal agencies “are zeroing in on a small number of contractors who have worked for the agency and may have been disgruntled over recent job losses, according to people familiar with the investigation.”
This is of course despite the fact that CIA still continues to confirm or deny the validity of the leaked intelligence…
In other words this appears to be a case “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
Authorities on Thursday questioned a handful of contractors working in at least two locations in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., these people said. Law-enforcement officials said no arrests had been made…
This person added that a digital trail has pointed authorities, at least initially, to a team of software developers working with the CIA’s Engineering Development Group. The group designs tools that, according to the documents released this week by WikiLeaks, the CIA uses to break into smartphones, personal computers and televisions connected to the internet. The more than 8,000 pages of documents that WikiLeaks disclosed appear to have been taken last December from a server that the Engineering Development Group uses, this person said, and that “only a few contractors would have access to.”
It wasn’t clear which companies the people who were questioned worked for. In recent months, there has been talk of “bad blood” in the small world of CIA contractors who are vital to the agency’s hacking projects, the people familiar with the probe said. One group of contractors recently had been working for the CIA overseas and expected to be given new jobs with the agency in the U.S., but their positions were later eliminated, one person said.
“There were definitely disgruntled people internally,” this person said, adding that he believes these individuals may have been among those questioned by investigators.
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