A massive manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the spy agency, as both the CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, CBS News reports.
The investigation exposed thousands of top-secret documents which contained information about tools used by the CIA to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems. The CIA found weaknesses in these smart technologies and exploited them without reporting to the manufacturers.
According to sources familiar with the investigation, they are looking for an insider who happens to be either a contractor or a CIA employee who had physical access to the material. However, the agency has not provided any details about when the material was taken or how it was stolen.
Most of the material was classified and stored in a highly secure section of the intelligence agency, but despite this, hundreds of people would still have access to the information.
They now believes that the insider passed information to the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, which published the trove back in March on their website.
Just last week, Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, 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 previously stated that it had obtained the CIA information from former contractors who worked for U.S. intelligence. The CIA has not made any comments on the status of the investigation or on the authenticity of the WikiLeaks disclosures.
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