March 10, 2017 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced on Thursday that tech companies such as Apple, Google and Samsung will given access to more detailed information so they can develop fixes in the CIA security flaws before the information is made public.
Some tech companies say some of the bugs have already been patched. Others may be weighing the legal ramifications are of receiving the information. During Thursday’s White House Press Briefing, Sean Spicer, President Trump’s press secretary, said anyone thinking about working with Julian Assange should clear it with the Department of Justice first.
WikiLeaks released the treasure trove of CIA documents on Tuesday. In a letter attached to the documents, WikiLeaks disclosed hackers had millions of codes, giving them access to essentially all CIA information.
Some of the top national security experts say they believe the documents are authentic and call the leak another embarrassing national security breach for the United States. There is no evidence the CIA used the spy tools to eavesdrop on Americans. The agency is not authorized to use sophisticated spy techniques on American citizens here in United States without a search warrant.
Some of the spy tools were developed by the National Security Agency and repurposed for the CIA. The documents further revealed that the CIA and NSA shared information about the hacking tools by connecting to a high speed link known as Falcon.
Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and government contractor, Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013.
WikiLeaks is a nonprofit organization that publishes important and otherwise censored political documents. WikiLeaks played a significant role in the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election by posting emails of former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on a private server. Some believe the scandal cost Clinton the presidency.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."