Wikileaks to give Vault 7 leak software to tech firms

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 4 years ago

Wikileaks announced that it will release the software code of the tools it used to hack the U.S. CIA.

The announcement came on Thursday via Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. At a press conference, Assange revealed that the tools used to perpetrate what is purportedly the greatest information leak in U.S. Central Intelligence Agency history will be turned over to technology firms. The tools were intended to compromise smart devices used by the federal intelligence community. Assange, who has been a target of the U.S. federal intelligence community, fashioned himself as a protector of the American cybersecurity community and of people in general.

“We have decided to work with [tech firms] to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out, so that people can be secured,” said Assange who added that Wikileaks will release details publicly “once this material is effectively disarmed by us.”

The CIA has not commented on the authenticity of the “Vault Seven” leak from Wikileaks. Jonathan Liu, a CIA spokesman, intimated that Assange and Wikileaks may have exaggerated the scale of the over  nine thousand classified documents in the leak.

“As we’ve said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity,” said Liu. “Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries.”