On the set of “CBS This Morning” Saturday, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell said he believes the recent publication of CIA hacking documents is “absolutely” an “inside job.”
“How did this happen?” Morrell asked when prompted whether the CIA needed to update its security system. “Was this a CIA staff employee? Or, was this a contractor?”
Morrell was then asked if he had zero doubt that WikiLeaks acquisition of CIA documents came from within the agency.
“Absolutely,” Morrell stated. “This data is not shared outside CIA. It’s only inside CIA. It’s on CIA’s top secret network, which is not connected to any other network. So, this has to be an inside job.”
Twice the acting director of the CIA, Morrell also told CBS that the vulnerable web code Julian Assange and WikiLeaks may now have also poses a threat to the United States foreign operations. “WikiLeaks says it has the computer code for many of these tools that have been revealed,” Morrell said. “That computer code is quite valuable to our adversaries if they can get their hands on it because if you get your hands on the computer code, you can search your own networks to see if the CIA has been in your network.”
Referring to such tools as the agency’s ability to hack into cell phones, internet-capable vehicles, and even certain televisions, Morrell said because of the CIA’s own constitution, Americans have no reason to worry about their own surveillance.
The CIA has attempted to counter the recent negative press via a released statement.
“The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries,” an agency spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel and operations but also equip our adversaries with tools and information that do us harm.”
H/T: Washington Examiner
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