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Do you trust WikiLeaks?

WikiLeaks released what it claims be to files documenting the CIA's hacking tools. Critics of WikiLeaks say the leak is a distraction. It is designed to undermine the intelligence community, which has been leaking information about the Trump Administration's ties to Russia. To WikiLeaks supporters, the hysterical Russian narrative is just another modern day witch hunt. Instead of attacking the messenger, people should pay attention to what's being leaked. What do you think?

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Many people are questioning the credibility of WikiLeaks because the organization's habit of spinning misleading info. WikiLeaks caused a small panic over its claim that the CIA has compromised secure messaging apps. That's not true. While the does posses CIA the ability to compromise phones, those exploits are rare and only useful for high-value targets. 

Cybersecurity experts, however, were quick to point out that the documents simply stated that if a phone was compromised — which is to say if the CIA hacked into the phone itself — any apps on that phone would no longer be secure. This is the equivalent of saying that if your house is broken into and bugged, whispering softly on your phone in your bedroom is not going to make that conversation secure.

The document reveals the CIA is actively seeking out zero day exploits, unknown bugs and other methods to compromise electronic devices. However, zero days are rare and expensive and are difficult to use widely.

Zero days, however, are difficult to find and cost millions of dollars to develop or buy from private cybersecurity researchers who uncover them. So while the CIA — or any other intelligence agency — could use a zero day to compromise a phone or laptop, it would need to be a very high value target for them to do so.
Critics are questioning the timing of this particular release. The intelligence community has been leaking information regarding the Trump 

Administration's communications with Russian officials. Now WikiLeaks is dumping a cache of documents to redirect attention and undermine Trump's opposition—just like in the election. 

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WikiLeaks say it is releasing the documents to spark a public policy debate regarding the CIA's hacking capabilities, the proliferation of powerful hacking tools, and whether or not the CIA should operate with more oversight.

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.
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.
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