WikiLeaks Begins the Release of Vault 7 Documents and Files

WikiLeaks has finally released the initial documents and files of the much anticipated “Vault 7.”

Vault 7, it has been revealed, is all about CIA hacking and “year zero” contains 8.761 documents and files from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence.

Read the full press release, analysis, examples and FAQs here.

Below is the newly published press release:

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina. It follows an introductory disclosure last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.

Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized “zero day” exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. 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 archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.

“Year Zero” introduces the scope and direction of the CIA’s global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of “zero day” weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.

Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The CIA found itself building not just its now infamous drone fleet, but a very different type of covert, globe-spanning force — its own substantial fleet of hackers. The agency’s hacking division freed it from having to disclose its often controversial operations to the NSA (its primary bureaucratic rival) in order to draw on the NSA’s hacking capacities.

By the end of 2016, the CIA’s hacking division, which formally falls under the agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other “weaponized” malware. Such is the scale of the CIA’s undertaking that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook. The CIA had created, in effect, its “own NSA” with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified.

In a statement to WikiLeaks the source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public, including whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency. The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.

Once a single cyber ‘weapon’ is ‘loose’ it can spread around the world in seconds, to be used by rival states, cyber mafia and teenage hackers alike.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor stated that “There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber ‘weapons’. Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such ‘weapons’, which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade. But the significance of “Year Zero” goes well beyond the choice between cyberwar and cyberpeace. The disclosure is also exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective.”

Wikileaks has carefully reviewed the “Year Zero” disclosure and published substantive CIA documentation while avoiding the distribution of ‘armed’ cyberweapons until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA’s program and how such ‘weapons’ should analyzed, disarmed and published.

Wikileaks has also decided to redact and anonymise some identifying information in “Year Zero” for in depth analysis. These redactions include ten of thousands of CIA targets and attack machines throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. While we are aware of the imperfect results of any approach chosen, we remain committed to our publishing model and note that the quantity of published pages in “Vault 7” part one (“Year Zero”) already eclipses the total number of pages published over the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks.

It is quite interesting that these leaks are coming in the midst of the revelation that Barack Obama ordered state-sponsored espionage against, then presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

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Look for this story to mushroom as specific leaks are published and more insiders reveal what they know about the Obama Administration.

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6 Responses to WikiLeaks Begins the Release of Vault 7 Documents and Files

  1. Jorge A Caraballo says:

    welcome back Julian. We the People missed you. I wish Trump would help you out.

  2. friend-thru-the-storm says:

    Many Thanks, have re-blogged this. Thing is will it all stop as a result? or will all the ones responsible & carrying out this dirty work continue, without any shame or conscience about what they’re doing?? Over here (UK) the powers given so as to “prevent terrorism” are being abused, in that it’s ordinary little people, up to no harm (except for researching for truth on the internet/reading material) who are being targeted. As an indigenous Brit i think it’s a disgrace, when at the same time illegal immigrants are having the blind eyes, & deafened ears turned on them. It’s good that we have Julian Assange & Edward Snowden, i pray for many more of these:-)

    • Mollie Norris says:

      Tihis isn’t Julian Assange – Wikileaks warned that its site had been taken over by intel agencies when Assange was arrested, and that it was being run as a honey trap by these agencies to bust other whistleblowers. Releases like this will encourage others to endanger themselves by sending info to Wikileaks. This isn’t a comment on the truth in this release, just the big picture. The plane Assange left on was tracked to a US military base known as a CIA rendition site, and there’s been no update on his incarceration. This info was posted on 4chan, not Wikileaks, and other Wikileaks staff was in flight when it was posted.

  3. VirgoVince says:

    Is there an ARREST WARRANT with bho’s (ovomit) name ON IT??
    WHY isn’t he in Gitmo WITH hilLIARy AND his entire cabinet and staff, ALREADY??

  4. sweep3583 says:

    so thats it they are spying on everyone this is news?

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