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Monday, 24 April 2017 12:19

Vault 7: CIA, FBI hunting for leaker, report claims

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Two of America's spy agencies, the CIA and the FBI, have launched a bid to try and discover who leaked a massive load of documents — which has been labelled Vault 7 and released in drips since 7 March — to WikiLeaks.

American TV network CBS News reported that the search was on to discover either a CIA employee or a contractor who had had access to the Vault 7 documents.

The news appears to confirm WikiLeaks' claims that the documents released are genuine CIA material.

According to CBS' sources, the Vault 7 documents were classified and stored securely but hundreds would have had access and a list of names was being examined to try and find the alleged culprit.

Last week, CIA director Mike Pompeo hit out against WikiLeaks and its publisher 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.

WikiLeaks has not identified the source of the documents, but only said that it was not from a state-level actor.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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