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Report: Feds Launch Criminal Probe of WikiLeaks' CIA Document Dump

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 11:58 AM

WikiLeaks' release of documents that provide details of alleged CIA hacking operations will be investigated by federal authorities, CNN reports.

Citing several U.S. officials, CNN claims the FBI and the CIA will coordinate their reviews of how WikiLeaks acquired the documents, which officials said are in CNN's words "largely genuine," and if more will follow. The officials have yet to determine how much of the release is accurate or if any have been altered before being released.

"We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents," said CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu in a statement, according to Reuters. 

The government's most pressing concern is the computer code that WikiLeaks released, which could be used to "cause havoc overseas." The officials also noted that the methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies follow the law in intelligence collection, and that some programs in the documents are still in development.

One of the claims made in the WikiLeaks release was that the CIA can record audio from certain Samsung smart TVs. The company said in a statement that it is "urgently looking into the mater," according to The New York Daily News. 

"Protecting consumers' privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority at Samsung. We are aware of the report in question and are urgently looking into the matter."

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