Claim: Russia Not Behind CIA Leaks – It Was An Insider

There is now a massive manhunt for a traitor inside the spy agency.

Both the CIA and the FBI are conducting a joint investigation into what seems to be one of the worst security breaches in American history, exposing thousands of top-secret documents.

The documents described tools used by the CIA to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems. The Agency found weaknesses in many of these smart technologies, and exploited them, though they were required to report them to the manufacturers (which they did not).

Who are they looking for? The sources told CBS News that they are looking for an insider – either a CIA employee or a contractor – who had physical access to the material. They do not know – or haven’t said – exactly how the material was taken or when it was stolen.

Much of the material was classified and stored in a secure section of the intelligence agency. Still, hundreds of people would have access to the information.

What happened to the material? The CIA suspects that the insider passed the information along to WikiLeaks, which published the trove of information in March on their website.

Last week, CIA director Mike Pompeo 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.

ZeroHedge: FBI Admits It Was Not The Russians – Launches Manhunt For “Insider” Who Leaked CIA Docs To WikiLeaks
CBS News: CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks
The Blaze: The CIA is on a manhunt for a traitor in its ranks

Does this get Russia off the hook? No. Our friends at ZeroHedge have a headline that reads “FBI Admits It Was Not The Russians – Launches Manhunt For “Insider” Who Leaked CIA Docs To WikiLeaks,” but that simply isn’t true.

The FBI is not exonerating Russia from their involvement with WikiLeaks. It’s possible that the CIA insider simply passed along the info to Wikileaks. It’s also possible that the CIA “insider” was actually working for the Russians. The story does not exonerate Russia at all.

WikiLeaks has said it obtained the CIA information from former contractors who worked for U.S. intelligence. The CIA has not commented on the authenticity of the WikiLeaks disclosures or on the status of the investigation.

H/T: ZeroHedge