What Does WikiLeaks Release of CIA Hacking Tools Mean for You?

Press Secretary Sean Spicer talk to the media while wearing an upside down American flag pin - a sign of distress.

Still, the companies will probably want to check out what WikiLeaks has, assuming that the organization hasn't set unreasonable conditions on its cooperation.

Reporters laughed, too. It was perhaps a tacit admission from Spicer that Trump's campaign trail rhetoric was just that, language used to rile up supporters and bash then-President Barack Obama.

Spicer said there is a "big difference" between disclosing Podesta's private emails "and his undermining of Hillary Clinton and his thoughts on her on a personal nature, and the leaking of classified information".

Contractors likely breached security and handed over documents describing the Central Intelligence Agency's use of hacking tools to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials told Reuters on Wednesday. "Let's see if that happens", he said.

"Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries".

"By releasing stolen and classified documents, WikiLeaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals,"Gibbs said, without delving into any broader political discussion". Apple, Google and Microsoft say they've already rendered numerous alleged Central Intelligence Agency cyberespionage tools obsolete with earlier updates that patched related software holes.

WikiLeaks' publication of the documents reignited a debate about whether USA intelligence agencies should hoard serious cyber security vulnerabilities rather than share them with the public.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was apparently distressed during Friday's briefing with the press. Some privacy and security experts believe the CIA's own refusal to contact the affected companies about the vulnerabilities gives them little choice.

Spicer wasn't the only Executive Branch employee to comment.

"I love WikiLeaks!" Trump proclaimed on the stump a year ago as he took to reading before crowds of cheering supporters hacked emails that the site released.

One European official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the WikiLeaks material could in fact lead to closer cooperation between European intelligence agencies and US counterparts, which share concerns about Russian intelligence operations.

  • Leroy Wright