WikiLeaks’ first Vault 7 dump reveals CIA has an army of hackers, Assange threatens to reveal its arsenal of cyber weapons unless “consensus”. Russians come to aid of embattled Trump?

WikiLeaks, which leaked the Podesta emails, has said it will  publish the “armed software” of the CIA unless some kind of agreement is reached about how the CIA operates…

Given the  timing of the dump and the fact WikiLeaks seems to be a front for Russian oligarchs? the Kremlin?, Julian Assange’s semi incoherent message looks like an attempt to back up Donald Trump and a threat to the CIA, US to back off from investigating Donald Trump and his ties to Russians or risk losing their cyber weapons.

From The Independent

WikiLeaks has published a huge trove of what appear to be CIA spying secrets.

The files are the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public, according to Julian Assange. In all, there are 8,761 documents that account for “the entire hacking capacity of the CIA”, Mr Assange claimed in a release, and the trove is just the first of a series of “Vault 7” leaks.

Already, the files include far more pages than the Snowden files that exposed the vast hacking power of the NSA and other agencies.

In publishing the documents, WikiLeaks had ensured that the CIA had “lost control of its arsenal”, he claimed. That included a range of software and exploits that if real could allow unparalleled control of computers around the world.

It includes software that could allow people to take control of the most popular consumer electronics products used today, claimed WikiLeaks.

“‘Year Zero’ introduces the scope and direction of the CIA’s global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of “zero day” weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones,” the organisation said in a release.

The public files don’t include the cyber weapons themselves, according to a statement. The organisation will refrain from distributing “armed” software “until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA’s program and how such ‘weapons’ should analyzed, disarmed and published”, it said.

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