Wikileaks strikes again with their latest batch of documents named Vault 7.
The latest document-dump reveals CIA hacking and spying, and how intelligence agencies are in bed with tech corporations.
Wikileaks was one of the biggest players in the 2016 election, Julian Assange was a major factor in Hillary’s defeat. For that, I can’t thank the man enough.
I trust Wikileaks, nobody has ever denied the validity of their releases, and these new batch of documents are not pretty.
The government spies on us, but everyone knows that. It’s no longer conspiracy that the government watches over us. George Orwell’s 1984 is no longer fiction in today’s technological society.
Many people have differing opinions on whistleblowers. You either view them as traitors to your own government, or heroes looking out for the best interest of the people.
That’s another post for another time, but I stand with Assange and Snowden. Illegal does not necessarily equate to immoral, and putting yourself at risk to give knowledge to others is noble.
I’m conservative after all, I don’t like the government. I love my country, I don’t love my government, don’t get it twisted.
If it takes illegally revealing classified information to wake people up to their out of control government, so be it.
Wikileaks and Julian Assange have led the fight for transparency, and this latest trove of documents is no different.
What Do the Documents Reveal?
This data dump, code-named Vault 7, is part of Wikileaks Year Zero collection, consisting of 8,761 documents and files.
Wikileaks considers this “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”
The documents reveal new tactics the CIA uses for hacking devices and using those same devices to spy on people:
“Year Zero” introduces the scope and direction of the CIA’s global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of “zero day” weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.
Those are the biggest of the big corporations, all helping intelligence agencies illegally and unconstitutionally watch us as we give them our hard earned money.
The documents also reveal how the CIA created spy software made for Samsung smart TVs that place them in a “fake-off” mode that listens in on conversations and transmits them back to spies.
The program is called “Weeping Angel.” It’s bad enough that I had suspicions about my phone and laptop, but now my TV?
Also revealed is how the CIA explored possibilities of infecting internet connected systems in modern cars. That’s funny, cyber-security experts have suspected the government had this capability already.
The CIA also partnered with foreign agencies to bypass encryption on some popular messaging apps, such as WhatsApp. The CIA pulled this off by hacking Android phones to collect audio and messaging before the encryption was applied.
And this probably hasn’t even scratched the surface of what there is to learn from these documents.
It would take someone hours and hours to pour over and make sense of all these. I expect new info to be found daily.
This is Still a Massive Problem
Remember when the deep state was a conspiracy theory?
This is sadly a repeating cycle. Crazy unbelievable theories turn into evidence, then turn into reality.
Nobody today denies the reality that we are under constant surveillance or that the deep state is real and influences the government.
How can the Democrats still claim Trump’s accusation of Obama’s wiretapping to be false?
Obama expanded the NSA like no other. It was under Obama’s tenure in office, that Edward Snowden revealed to the world that NSA was spying on us. And now the CIA is also doing the same.
What should anger every American is how all these corporations we fall victim to abuse our rights. But the average twitter-user probably doesn’t care, ignorance is bliss.
Why care about the corporate interests and intelligence communities, when you can simply tune this out with the very technology they use to spy on you.
Why are Americans target of their own government? What happened to the constitution and the fourth amendment?
I hate radical Islamist’s just as any rational, sane person would, but taking away our rights doesn’t help anyone out. It leaves us vulnerable to government, exactly how they like it.
The intelligence agencies need reform, and fast. The recent leaks have become uncontrollable, not to mention this information should never be collected to begin with.