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Experts: WikiLeaks' CIA Document Dump Misleading

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 07:28 PM

Experts say WikiLeaks made exaggerating and misleading statements about the CIA document dump, The Hill reported.

"As usual, the documents dumped appear to be real, but this analysis was just bonkers," Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, told The Hill. "WikiLeaks is, and has been for a few years, just a sabotage organization mostly interested in denigrating big targets."

WikiLeaks claimed Tuesday that Samsung smart TVs were used by the CIA as a weapon for surveillance by turning microphones in TVs into listening devices. 

WikiLeaks in a press release also said the CIA can "bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide, and Cloackman by hacking the 'smart' phones that they run on and collecting audio and message traffic before encryption is applied."

Robert L. Deitz, a professor at George Mason University and former counselor to the CIA director and the NSA, said some of the information reported was not new or shocking.

"If the government didn't have that capability, people ought to be fired," he said.

In response to the leaks, the CIA said the 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.

"Such disclosures not only jeopardize U.S. personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm."

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