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WikiLeaks publishes massive trove of CIA spying files – The Independent


Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims that the leaked documents are the most comprehensive CIA release ever and are far more extensive than the so-called Snowden files, according to The Independent.

The files are the most comprehensive release of U.S. spying files ever made public, according to Julian Assange. There are a total of 8,761 documents that account for ”the entire hacking capacity of the CIA”, Assange wrote in a release, and the trove is just the first of a series of ”Vault 7” leaks, The Independent reports.

WikiLeaks claims that the CIA had ”lost control of its arsenal”, according to Assange.

A range of software and exploits that, if real, could allow unparalleled control of computers worldwide, includes software facilitating external control of the most popular consumer electronics products, WikiLeaks claims.

”`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,” the organization said in a release.

The public files don`t include the cyber weapons themselves, according to a statement. The organization will refrain from distributing ”armed” software ”until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA`s program and how such `weapons` should be analyzed, disarmed and published”, it said.

The files were made available by a source who intended for them to start a conversation about whether the CIA had gained too much power, according to the organization.

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