(ORDO NEWS) — WikiLeaks is an international resource founded in 2006 by Julian Assange to expose government secrets.
The sources have always remained anonymous, but one was still unmasked. It turned out to be a CIA engineer.
The accusations were made by Joshua Schulte. The court agreed with all nine counts and found that the former CIA engineer deliberately exposed the caches of intelligence tools he helped create, and personally stole classified information and sent it to WikiLeaks.
The result was the release of thousands of documents in a large archive called “Vault 7”. It happened back in 2017.
To give you an idea of how serious the leak was, note that the first part of Vault 7, Year Zero alone, contains 8,761 documents from an isolated, highly secure network located at the CIA Cyber Intelligence Center in Langley, Virginia.
The files revealed the entire arsenal of CIA hacking tools malware, viruses, Trojans, zero-day weapon exploits, malware remote control systems, and related documentation.
Year Zero contains exploits for products from US and European companies, including Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows, and even Samsung TVs that turn into hidden microphones.
With this in mind, it is not difficult to understand why the US intelligence agencies were so eager to hunt down Julian Assange and his sources.
Today’s verdict confirms that maintaining the cybersecurity of our country is extremely important. This is critical to the safety of the American people, as well as to our superiority against enemies abroad.
As noted in the lawsuit, unauthorized disclosure not only endangers US personnel and operations, but also gives our adversaries the tools and information to harm us, CIA spokeswoman Temmie Thorpe said in a statement provided to The Verge.
Joshua Schulte was directly involved in the creation of various exploits (a program that exploits a discovered vulnerability to attack a system) designed to steal information from target devices.
Investigators reportedly obtained evidence against Schulte due to his own personal safety lapses.
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