CIA in Hot Soup as Wiki Leaks uncovers CIA spying secrets amid allegations made by US President Trump
Mar 8, Washington DC: The American intelligence faces a familiar foe - Wikileaks - with another cache of what look like highly sensitive secret documents, this time about the CIA's technical capabilities.
Edward Snowden passed on documents to journalists, which showed that the CIA has been shifting global internet traffic looking for intelligence, the CIA prioritises close access against specific targets who it is interested in and getting into someone's electronic devices to target them - either to recruit them as an agent or for a drone strike against a suspected terrorist.
These latest leaks will be a huge problem for the CIA as the Snowden leaks were for the NSA (although there will be less surprise about these capabilities now since we learned so much from the Snowden files).
There is the embarrassment factor - that an agency whose job is to steal other people's secrets has not been able to keep their own.
This will be added to by the revelations that the US consulate in Frankfurt was used as a base for the technical operations which may cause problems in Germany where the Edward Snowden revelations caused intense domestic debate. The CIA is alleged to have found a way to listen to conversations that took place close to Samsung TVs.
If an intelligence agency has found a vulnerability then other hackers might do as well. The NSA faced questions about whether it had found the right balance and now it may be the CIA's turn.
No doubt the CIA will be trying to establish the exact source of the latest leak and understand the timing - coming right in the middle of an intensifying row between American spies and their own president.
The Oslo Times International News Network