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CIA and FBI in Joint Investigation to Find Mole who Leaked Classified Info to Wikileaks

Written by Philip Hodges

The CIA and the FBI are working together in a joint investigation to expose the mole(s) responsible for leaking classified information to Wikileaks.

Described as one of the worst security breaches sustained by the CIA, Wikileaks released information in March related to classified spying programs used on electronic devices, and other tools such as ‘weaponized malware’ and the ability to frame a foreign country for hacking.

[Related: Latest Data Dump by Wikileaks on CIA: ‘Undetectable Assassinations,’ ‘Weaponized Malware,’ Framing Foreign Hackers, and Much More]

CBS News reported:

CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency. 

The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken or how it was stolen. 

Much of the material was classified and stored in a highly secure section of the intelligence agency, but sources say hundreds of people would have had access to the material. Investigators are going through those names. 

The trove was published in March by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks.

In his first public comments as director of the CIA just last week, Mike Pompeo railed against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. 

“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” he said. 

WikiLeaks has said it obtained the CIA information from former contractors who worked for U.S. intelligence. The CIA has not commented on the authenticity of the WikiLeaks disclosures or on the status of the investigation.

I wonder why they’re saying it must have been an insider this time. Why aren’t they blaming the Russians?

New CIA Director Pompeo hinted at Russia’s alleged frequent involvement with Wikileaks, but stopped short of implicating them this time.

If they were honest with themselves, Democrats would have tried to find the mole(s) inside any of their organizations who had access to John Podesta’s and the DNC’s emails, instead of just blaming the Russians.

But that breach was small potatoes compared to this current one they’re having to deal with. When it comes down to it, if it’s something really important and possibly a matter of national security, they’ll know it was a mole. They’re not going to stick to silly political narratives.

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