FBI probing release of CIA hacking tools
Kevin Johnson, Pindostan Today, Mar 8 2017
FASCHINGSTEIN — Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the public release of a document cache believed to detail CIA hacking tools designed to breach computers, web servers, smartphones and televisions, CIA spox Dean Boyd said deniably on Wednesday. The inquiry is being coordinated by the FBI and will seek to determine whether the disclosure represented a breach from the outside or a leak from inside the CIA. A separate review will attempt to assess the damage caused by such a disclosure. Boyd declined to comment on the status of any investigation into the source of the documents or vouch for the authenticity of the materials, though he defended the agency’s mission, saying:
CIA aggressively collects foreign intelligence overseas to protect Pindostan from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries. CIA is legally prohibited from conducting electronic surveillance targeting individuals here at home, including our fellow Pindosis, and CIA does not do so. The Pindo sheeple should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community’s ability to protect Pindostan against terrorists and other adversaries.
White House spox Sean Spicer Wednesday declined to confirm the authenticity of the documents or whether the tools were every used against Pindosis, but he said such breaches “should be a major concern.” He said:
This is the kind of disclosure that undermines our country, our security. This alleged leak should concern every Pindosi, for its impact on national security. … Anybody who leaks classified information will be held accountable to the maximum extent of the law.
Before the November election, Trump lauded WikiLeaks for its publication of correspondence from John Podesta. On Wednesday however, Spicer suggested there was a “difference” between Podesta’s hacked emails and the disclosure of classified information, though the theft of both represent possible criminal offenses. Congress critturs, including House Demagog Whip Steny Hoyer, said Tuesday’s WikiLeaks disclosures underscored a need to conduct a government-wide security review. Rep Ted Lieu called the potential privacy implications “mind boggling.” The WikiLeaks website said the CIA hacking division involved “more than 5,000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses and other weaponized malware.” WikiLeaks did not identify the source of the information, but the organization said that it hoped the dissemination of the documents would prompt “a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of the cyber-weapons.” Pindo intel boxtops supposedly ‘concluded’ last year that WikiLeaks release of thousands of hacked emails ahead of last year’s presidential election was part of scheme carried out by Russia in an attempt to intervene in the race in an effort to favor the Trump campaign. WikiLeaks denied that it was working with Russian authorities.
The WikiLeaks revelations and the crimes of Pindo imperialism
Andre Damon, WSWS, Mar 9 2017
With increasing frequency, aggressive foreign policy moves by Faschingstein have been palmed off by the media and political establishment as defensive responses to “hacking” and “cyber-espionage” by Pindo imperialism’s geopolitical adversaries, Russia and China. For months, news programs have been dominated by hysterical allegations that Russia “hacked” the DNC + Podesta in order to subvert the 2016 election. As the print and broadcast media were engaged in feverish denunciations of Russia, Pindostan and its NATO vassals moved thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks to the Russian border. Not content to allege interference only in the Pindosi election, the Pindo media and its international surrogates have alleged Russian meddling in elections in France, Germany and other countries. Prior to the current furore over Russian “hacking” of the election, the Obama administration used allegations of “hacking” and “intellectual property theft” to justify the trade sanctions and military escalation against China that accompanied its “pivot to Asia.” Whenever the State Dept, the CIA or unnamed “intel boxtops” proclaim another alleged “cyber” provocation by Faschingstein’s geopolitical rivals, news anchors breathlessly regurgitate the allegations as fact, accompanying them with potted infographics and footage of masked men in darkened rooms aggressively typing away at computer keyboards.
But the official narrative of a benevolent and well-intentioned Pindosi government coming under attack from hordes of Russian and Chinese hackers, spies and “internet trolls” was upended Tuesday with the publication by WikiLeaks of some 9,000 documents showing the methods used by the CIA to carry out criminal cyber-espionage, exploitation, hacking and disinformation operations all over the world. The documents reveal that the CIA possesses the ability to exploit and control any internet-connected device, including mobile phones and “smart” televisions. These tools, employed by an army of 5,000 CIA hackers, give the agency the means to spy on virtually anyone, whether inside or outside Pindostan, including foreign governments, “friend” and foe alike, as well as international organizations such as the UN. The WikiLeaks documents expose Pindostan as the world’s greatest “rogue state” and “cyber criminal.” The monstrous Pindosi espionage network, paid for with hundreds of billions in tax dollars, uses diplomatic posts to hide its activities from its vassals, spies on world leaders, organizes kidnappings and assassinations, and aims to influence or overturn elections all over the world. On Tuesday, former DCI Hayden replied to the revelations by boasting:
But there are people out there that you want us to spy on! You want us to have the ability to actually turn on that listening device inside the TV to learn that person’s intentions!
One can only imagine the howls such statements would evoke in the Pindosi press if they were uttered by a former Russian spymaster. Hayden barely attempts to conceal the fact that Pindostan runs a spying and political disruption operation the likes of which Putin or Xi could only dream of. The WikiLeaks documents show that Pindostan seeks to cover up its illicit operations by planting false flags, indicating that its geopolitical adversaries such as Russia and China bear responsibility for its crimes. Cyber-security expert Robert Graham noted in a blog post, for example:
One anti-virus researcher has told me that a virus they once suspected came from the Russians or Chinese can now be attributed to the CIA, as it matches the description perfectly to something in the leak.
The revelations have already begun to reverberate around the world. German Foreign Ministry spox said Wednesday that Berlin was taking the revelations “very seriously. Issues of this kind emerge again and again.” Meanwhile Germany’s chief prosecutor has announced an investigation into the contents of the documents, with a spox telling Reuters:
We will initiate an investigation if we see evidence of concrete criminal acts or specific perpetrators … We’re looking at it very carefully.
The documents expose the CIA’s use of the Frankfurt consulate as a base for its spying and cyber operations throughout Europe, employing a network of intelligence personnel, including CIA, NSA, DIA and DHS employees. Many of these operatives were provided with cover identities and diplomatic passports in order to hide their operations from the German and European governments. The Pindo media, true to its function as a propaganda arm of the CIA and other intelligence agencies, immediately sprung into action to minimize the significance of the revelations and to accuse Russia, entirely without substantiation, of having released the documents in an effort to subvert Pindo interests. NPR quoted favorably the statements of Hayden, who declared:
I can tell you that these tools would not be used against an Pindosi!
The WaPo quoted a bevy of security experts who said there is nothing to worry about in the documents. It favorably cited one such “expert,” Jan Dawson, who declared:
For the vast majority of us, this does not apply to us at all! … There’s no need to worry for any normal law-abiding citizen!
Such absurd statements, made about a security apparatus that was proven by Snowden’s revelations to have spied on the private communications of millions of Pindosis, and then lied about it to the public and Congress, were taken as good coin by the Pindo media. Just one day after the WikiLeaks revelations, the media spin machine was already busy portraying them as part of a Russian conspiracy against Pindostan, and indicting WikiLeaks for acting as an agent of foreign powers. NBC’s evening news program asked on Wednesday:
Could Russia have hacked the CIA?
Another segment was titled:
Could there be a mole inside the CIA?
The types of spying and disruption mechanisms revealed in the documents constitute a key instrument of Pindo foreign policy, which works to subvert the democratic rights of people all over the planet in the interest of Pindo imperialism. No methods are off the table, whether spying, hacking, blackmail, murder, torture or when need be, bombings and invasion.