The New York Post Editorial Board offers a piece on the WikiLeaks release of a trove of classified CIA information.
WikiLeaks and Julian Assange (seen in the above photo) claim they act for the public good, but their release of CIA documents proves yet again that they lack a moral compass.
The group posted a massive cache of stolen CIA documents online Tuesday, revealing agency cyber-tools for hacking smartphones, Samsung TVs, computer-operating systems, even vehicle-control systems in new cars and trucks. Officials say the info looks like the real thing.
There’s no question the document dump — apparently the largest leak in CIA history — will harm US efforts to collect vital information needed to keep the nation safe.
“This essentially gives our enemies a playbook on how we go about our clandestine cyber operations,” one ex-CIA agent said. Plus, the agency must now assess whether its tools still work and, if not, come up with new ones. That’ll cost a mint.
An even higher priority is figuring out how the agency lost the material. WikiLeaks says it came from a “high-security network” at the CIA and was given to the group by an ex-government hacker or contractor. But who knows? Maybe the agency itself was hacked.
There are positives here, too. It’s reassuring to know, for instance, that the agency has such “wonderful” tools at its disposal, as ex-CIA director Michael Hayden put it.
“There are some bad people in the world who have Samsung TVs,” he said. “You want us to have the ability to actually turn on that listening device inside the TV to learn that person’s intentions.” Kudos to the cyber-spooks who put their remarkable talents to use to develop these tools.
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