March 10, 2017

WikiLeaks pledges to release software code of CIA hacking tools to tech firms

By Adam Klein

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist(s) Ellen Nakashima, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Devlin Barrett

WikiLeaks will release to tech firms the software code of CIA hacking tools that were designed to compromise smartphones and other products, the group’s founder said Thursday, attempting to position himself as a defender of cybersecurity and probably further antagonizing the intelligence community.

“We have decided to work with” the firms, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said at a news conference, “to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out, so that people can be secured.”

Once the patches are sent out — or, as Assange put it, “once this material is effectively disarmed by us” — WikiLeaks will release more details publicly, he said.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

  • Adam Klein

    Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow

    Adam Klein is the Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.  His research centers on the intersection of national security policy and law, inclu...