CIA, FBI ‘in war’ with the leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks

CBS News said it has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency.


The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material.

The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken or how it was stolen.

Much of the material was classified and stored in a highly secure section of the intelligence agency, but sources say hundreds of people would have had access to the material.

Investigators are going through those names.

The trove was published in March by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks.

– WikiLeaks: CIA tools could infiltrate MacBooks, iPhones –

Armed with a fresh set of leaked documents, WikiLeaks said Thursday that the US Central Intelligence Agency has developed tools to infect Apple products like iPhones and MacBooks.

The tools, which date from between 2009 and 2013, are unlikely to affect current Apple hardware. They show a spy agency attempting to crack into some of the most locked-down consumer electronics devices available, using hacking methods that require the agency to directly access the products.

CNET is unable to verify whether the documents are real or have been altered.

In a press release, WikiLeaks said it’s “likely” the CIA accessed Apple products and infected them “by interdicting mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise.”

The CIA responded by reiterating a statement from earlier in March, declining to comment on the authenticity of the documents. In that earlier incident, WikiLeaks issued leaked documents revealing a cache of hacking tools that targeted the operating systems of popular phones and PCs, as well as a hacking tool for a Samsung SmartTV that required physical access.

“It is CIA’s job to be innovative, cutting-edge, and the first line of defense in protecting this country from enemies abroad,” the agency said. “America deserves nothing less.”

Apple said late Thursday that the iPhone vulnerability affected only the 3G asn was plugged in 2009 with the release of of the 3GS. Meanwhile, the Mac vulnerability was fixed in all Macs released after 2013.



(Jeff Pegues and Laura Hautala contributed to this report for Image credit CNN)