A number of Twitter users are expressing criticism both WikiLeaks and President Donald Trump after today’s Vault 7 leaks that revealed mass surveillance and exploitation of software bugs by the CIA.
The documents – which are only part one of WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 dump – are from between 2013 and 2016. Here’s a quick rundown of a few key things they reveal:
- The CIA can disguise its malware as belonging to a foreign intelligence agency
- The CIA stole malware from Russia for its own use
- The CIA is spying on everyone, including US citizens
- Every microphone and webcam is controllable
- The CIA can take control of vehicles’ navigation systems, allowing them to carry out “undetectable assassinations”
These are some very damning allegations made against the CIA as it operated under the Obama administration – especially since the administration had assured the tech industry following Edward Snowden’s release that it would not exploit software.
Still, however, many are finding it within themselves to ignore the content of the leaks entirely and put President Donald Trump in the hot seat.
Saturday: Trump attacks US intel for alleged wiretapping. Today: Wikileaks (i.e. FSB) releases files on US wiretapping. Coincidence?
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) March 7, 2017
@MaxBoot now how likely is it that Trump was told this was coming out, and he preemptively made the claim to shift waning support
— DoesItMatter?????♀️ (@danigirlPA) March 7, 2017
@MaxBoot I think not. I’m sick of Russians and their agents like Wikileaks trying to whipsaw us around.
— Kelly Brannock (@kellybrannock) March 7, 2017
— FSGal???? ???? (@ShirlsAdams) March 7, 2017
— Paulette Hamilton (@PauletteHamil11) March 7, 2017
— Oops (@chris_drhst) March 8, 2017
@MaxBoot So whomever he met at MAR-A-MOSCOW this weekend gave him the heads up on this?
— RonaldRump (@Ronald82231576) March 7, 2017
— E2NZ (@E2NZ) March 7, 2017
— Vivian Copeland (@Belairviv) March 8, 2017
@MaxBoot I agree. It seems rather suspicious.
— Patymo (@Patymo) March 8, 2017
@MaxBoot Sounds like Trump knew about this. His buddy Assange must have given him the heads up. He supports leaks as long as it isn’t on him
— M Chan (@dragon_lion) March 7, 2017
Assange, Wikileaks, + Russia collude with Trump to hijack election.
CIA calls it out.
Wiki releases #Vault7
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) March 7, 2017
Folks, the treason is on-goin’, not a one-time thing. Trump, Bannon & Wiki-Leaks are conspirin’ to bad-mouth the CIA as the noose tightens.
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) March 7, 2017
And then there are the tax return people.
Please spend less time hacking the CIA and more time finding Trump's tax returns.
— Michael Blackman (@MBlackman37) March 7, 2017
— c.anne Reed (@24baseballReed) March 7, 2017
— OG Ted Cruz (@OGTedCruz) March 8, 2017