Wikileaks Exposes CIA Exploit Capable Of Cyber "False Flag" Attack To Blame Russia

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Via Whitney Webb of,

Earlier today, Wikileaks once again made headlines following its release of the “largest ever publication of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents.” The massive release – just the first batch in a trove of documents code-named “Vault 7” by Wikileaks – details the CIA’s global covert hacking program and its arsenal of weaponized exploits.

While most coverage thus far has focused on the CIA’s ability to infiltrate and hack smartphones, smart TVs and several encrypted messaging applications, another crucial aspect of this latest leak has been skimmed over – one with potentially far-reaching geopolitical implications.

According to a Wikileaks press release, the 8,761 newly published files came from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI) in Langley, Virginia. The release says that the UMBRAGE group, a subdivision of the center’s Remote Development Branch (RDB), has been collecting and maintaining a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states, including the Russian Federation.”

As Wikileaks notes, the UMBRAGE group and its related projects allow the CIA to misdirect the attribution of cyber attacks by “leaving behind the ‘fingerprints’ of the very groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.”

In other words, the CIA’s sophisticated hacking tools all have a “signature” marking them as originating from the agency. In order to avoid arousing suspicion as to the true extent of its covert cyber operations, the CIA has employed UMBRAGE’s techniques in order to create signatures that allow multiple attacks to be attributed to various entities – instead of the real point of origin at the CIA – while also increasing its total number of attack types.

Other parts of the release similarly focus on avoiding the attribution of cyberattacks or malware infestations to the CIA during forensic reviews of such attacks. In a document titled “Development Tradecraft DOs and DON’Ts,” hackers and code writers are warned “DO NOT leave data in a binary file that demonstrates CIA, U.S. [government] or its witting partner companies’ involvement in the creation or use of the binary/tool.” It then states that “attribution of binary/tool/etc. by an adversary can cause irreversible impacts to past, present and future U.S. [government] operations and equities.”

While a major motivating factor in the CIA’s use of UMBRAGE is to cover it tracks, events over the past few months suggest that UMBRAGE may have been used for other, more nefarious purposes. After the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election shocked many within the U.S. political establishment and corporate-owned media, the CIA emerged claiming that Russia mounted a “covert intelligence operation” to help Donald Trump edge out his rival Hillary Clinton.

Prior to the election, Clinton’s campaign had also accused Russia of being behind the leak of John Podesta’s emails, as well as the emails of employees of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Last December, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – a man known for lying under oath about NSA surveillance – briefed senators in a closed-door meeting where he described findings on Russian government “hacks and other interference” in the election.

Following the meeting, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, remarked: “After many briefings by our intelligence community, it is clear to me that the Russians hacked our democratic institutions and sought to interfere in our elections and sow discord.”

Incidentally, the U.S. intelligence community’s assertions that Russia used cyber-attacks to interfere with the election overshadowed reports that the U.S. government had actually been responsible for several hacking attempts that targeted state election systems. For instance, the state of Georgia reported numerous hacking attempts on its election agencies’ networks, nearly all of which were traced back to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Now that the CIA has been shown to not only have the capability but also the express intention of replacing the “fingerprint” of cyber-attacks it conducts with those of another state actor, the CIA’s alleged evidence that Russia hacked the U.S. election – or anything else for that matter – is immediately suspect. There is no longer any way to determine if the CIA’s proof of Russian hacks on U.S. infrastructure is legitimate, as it could very well be a “false flag” attack.

Given that accusations of Russian government cyber-attacks also coincide with a historic low in diplomatic relations between Russia and the U.S., the CIA’s long history of using covert means to justify hostile actions against foreign powers – typically in the name of national security – once again seems to be in play.

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Olympus Mons is not a Volcano's picture

“That propaganda easily seduces even those whom it most horrifies is a paradox that Bernays grasped completely; and it is one that we must try at last to understand, if we want to change the world that Edward Bernays, among others, made for us.”
? Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda


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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." - William Casey (CIA Director).



old naughty's picture

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fake news flow is like the qi in our meridian, keep energizing the system so all THEM, and some of us, focus on the activity levels.

All to lead us into singularity, folks. 

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turnball the banker (not verified) prime american Mar 8, 2017 2:24 AM

Fuck off cunt you make me sick

StackShinyStuff's picture

The beauty of this for the CIA (and how they will ultimately not suffer at all) is that this only implies that may have had the ability to do these things (false flag hacks), but it is not proof at all that they actually did these things.  We should not get our hopes up that this will change anything.

sushi's picture

It is a good thing for National Security that Hillary Clinton's basement closet server was not placed adjacent to a Samsung wide screen TV.

God only knows what would have happended if a 3rd party had hacked into that television sitting right next to a totally unsecured server loaded with confidential US government files.

JRobby's picture

That's it! The mechanism of the false flag disinformation machine exposed. 

What will change? How much further can the level of trust fall?


PT's picture

I do wish the non-computer-nerds could really comprehend what is going on here.

Gasp!  Shock!  Horror!!!  The CIA computer nerds can arrange the ones and zeroes in any order they like what-so-ever!!!!!!!

Lumberjack's picture

WikiLeaks? @wikileaks
CIA has 5 test covert 'listening post' servers called 'PocketPutin'

Gnostech's picture

Lock 'em all up.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

When I read all of the stuff that has come out over the last week concerning the IC, there is just one movie that comes to mind.

THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR starring Robert Redford.

Movie was about the "COMPANY" within the COMPANY who's main mission was about misinformation and the toppling of governments to control the ENERGY markets.

I have always wondered: How in the HELL does Hollywood know about this stuff years before it becomes widely disseminated knowledge?

Maybe this is all by design to push the public in a direction using hegelian dialectic!

"...the State 'has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State... for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.'" Author/historian William Shirer, quoting Georg Hegel in his The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959, page 144)

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'Three Days of the Condor' was likely financed by the CIA.  To understand why you need tro read the book it was based on 'Six Days of the Condor'.  In 'Six Days' It was not about energy.  It was about drug running.  It was based on a factual book written a couple of years earlier that had very well documented sources detailing CIA drug running during the Vietnam war.  


The Politics of Heroin


The CIA most likely pre-empted the movie being made as 'Six Days' was written in order to prevent future backlash.  It worked.


Read more here:



J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

All has been revealed.

It's no longer the spying game.

Welcome to the real life Crying Game.


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

dogismycopilot's picture

President Trump was right when he told Hillary that Cyber attacks could be false flagged with Russian 'finger prints'.

and people laughed at him.

Not a PEEP about this on CNN still. No one is covering it.

But for anyone with a bit of IT background...yeah, this is an earthquake.

We knew some of this was happening but this is the hardened proof!

AlexCharting's picture

CIA: Counterfeit Information Always. 

otschelnik's picture

The most significant thing in the wikileaks cyber hacking leaks - the big SW companies are leaving open holes in the software in collusion with NSA/CIA.  Google, Apple, Microsoft....   Orwell/1984 is here, bitchez.

whatamaroon's picture

I wonder if Trump knew this beforehand. That the CIA had the UMBRAGE program, or that Wikileaks was going to release the info, so he got ahead of the game. All these leaks about wiretapping by the NYT, was done with the thought that hitlery would win, so the truth would never get out, and Trump and the republicans would be severly punished and marginalized. Since Trump won the whole enchalada the MSM's story has changed and the eliets are now scrambiling to cover their butts. Slowly the rats are being flushed out.

Olympus Mons is not a Volcano's picture


Although our greatest test is yet to come!

“When All Else Fails They Take You To War” – Gerald Celente


socalbeach's picture

Has McCain been spouting off about non-existent Russian hacking of the election? Remember when he said Russia was a "gas station masquerading as a country" ?

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Putrid (not verified) Mar 8, 2017 2:54 AM

The fish are last to see the water.

Sitting in China, and being well informed, my summary is that Trump is backed and protected by a New York based Family--The Rotschilds.

The Rockefelar Network controls the USA historically and is smarting quite openly, they were the pro War faction in recent years. Their Network is vast, including CIA, CNN, NYT, WaPO, CFR etc.

The Rotschild faction is systematically attacking the Network; first the media and now Intel branches.

So, in China we're essentialy watching a kind of civil war at the very top, reminiscent of the recent power struggle here between Bo XiLi and Xi.

The wild card is a dirty nuke or assassination; impeachment is a real possibility.

You'd be crazy to be exposed to significant risk going forward; I'm all in 100% Gold. May buy some crypto. And I had no gold two months ago.

Good Luck my American friends,




Olympus Mons is not a Volcano's picture

I thought it was The Knight Templar vs The Satanist's!

Putrid's picture

It's a little more complicated than that, more like competing evil. I'd write an article about this, but "we live in interesting times." I worked for the Chinese State for 3 years until they discovered my writing hobby was quite popular amongst the elite last year. They asked me to leave my position which I thought was best for everyone; I was thinking of witing about China when I returned to Ireland.

But when I got home my Chinese bank account woudn't work, and was told I had to return to China to get my small fortune here. There's a problem with your bank card, they said.

Anyway, I returned and keep a low profile.

About the 'dirty nuke' thing, an American intellectual friend mentioned it in a letter late last year.

We live in interesting times.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Fukushima was 3 dirty bombs, and seemingly, it is not newsworthy to mainstream US news.

IndyGoldWing's picture

Rothchild, Rockefeller, two sides of the same coin. They aren't pitted against each other, but rather working together as they always have, if you are one to suscribe to the historical theory. Trump is backed by neither and that is exactly why he's come under such attacks. Whether he is a savior or a devil remains to be seen.

Liberty2012's picture

"The fish are last to see the water."

Do you have any ideas on why this is happening now? Both sides seemed to be getting along before?

Technology shift? Philosophy shift? General cleanup?

What is familiar is taken for granted. Thank you Putrid.

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Putrid (not verified) Liberty2012 Mar 8, 2017 7:31 AM

Wow!!! Liberty2012, you don't avoid the big questions!! ;)

First, these families are of the same Class, the Domint Class; it is not a coin per se. The Dominant Class in the West is composed of at least 8 factions--with substantial overlap.

Second, why now? OK, short answer, you only fight a war you think you can win. Can Russia be beaten? Some think so, some don't. Will China launch a counter-force strike in defense of Russia?

Third, what's the carrying capacity of Earth? 2-3 Billion max.
So if three-four billion die suddenly that's not a bad thing per se.

Finally, my friends an I have modelled the System in is Totality. The Human Life World is shaped by three systems: Capitalism, Imperialism and the Natural System. The crisis effects all three and all three search for release.

When the crisis breaks; ensure you've located yourself well. Read Volume 2 to understand where is best. Then write me an email.

Good Luck,


Liberty2012's picture

You look at the big picture Thank you !

Life is interesting. The big pieces mix with the small for quasi infinity.

The inherent dualities always surprise me.

SpanishGoop's picture

Luckily my TV is really dumb.

It watches MSM to much.


Giant Meteor's picture

With the above revelations as a standalone, the only logical conclusion regarding Russians tampering with US elections as well as past, present, future bluster regarding Trump being comprimised is 100% suspect. The CIA ans national security complex is NOT to be given any benefit of doubt.

How ironic is it that they've have claimed, these supposed 17 intelligence agencies that cannot reveal sources and basis of findings, for fear of exposing their methods and exploits ...

"While a major motivating factor in the CIA’s use of UMBRAGE is to cover it tracks, events over the past few months suggest that UMBRAGE may have been used for other, more nefarious purposes. After the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election shocked many within the U.S. political establishment and corporate-owned media, the CIA emerged claiming that Russia mounted a “covert intelligence operation” to help Donald Trump edge out his rival Hillary Clinton."


Catullus's picture

Few thoughts:

The country is extremely lucky the president is Trump right now. Hillary was willing to retaliate against Russia to protect the sacred honor of Debbie waissermann Schultz.

Democrats have jumped the shark so hard

SNL jokes are now funny because of how truly absurd they really are. Comedy gold.

SoDamnMad's picture

Would it really be a bad thing if all Russia did going up to the day of voting was to expose the TRUTH.

I wondered if they exposed the truth about Hillary and not Trump, is that meddling? If the truth was exposed about both candidates, is that meddling?

Now if they told lies I think that would be meddling.

Look at all the CIA did to change governments throughout the world in the last 8 decades.  Lies, assassinations, coups, funding.

Joe A's picture

Since we now know that the CIA's hacking software can leave somebody else's 'fingerprint' every party accused of hacking can now claim plausible deniability. So the mantra of "the Russians/Chinese/Iranians/Israelis/Mafia/kitch sink/etc did it" (even if these parties hacked) now becomes "the CIA did it".

Byte Me's picture

Is it the Tylers or the AntiMedia workhorses confusing the FRENCH flag for the RUSSIAN flag?

(Obviously a "false flag" article)

Hoffman Lenz's picture

The 'quad-core' processor in my laptop actually has 5 cores. It's called a hypervisor and can see what the other cores are doing, look at the RAM, the hard-drive and any peripherals.

That core can run on the 'phantom' power that is available in all modern machines and can power up peripherals despite the fact that the machine looks powered down.

It has a GSM unit, meaning it can talk to the mobile network without a sim, probably via an undisclosed protocol. This would allow location data as a minimum but probably allows data to at least 3G speed.

If the CIA, NSA, etc. are limited to using software to spy on us, it makes me wonder, who is spying on us using the hardware itself? Who designed the hardware?

Han Cholo's picture

I'm calling bullshit. Which processor is in your laptop?

Hoffman Lenz's picture

Okay, it's bullshit. I made it all up. They're not using any and all technology to monitor us.

I don't know what I was thinking. There's probably no way you could make 5 processor cores and then squeeze in a small GSM unit out of a couple of billion transistors anyway. And the GSM aerial, ha ha ha. That would have to be, ooh, I dont know, about the length of a processor package. I always thought 'Intel Inside' was a spook joke. And there's no 'phantom' standby 5 volt ~2 amp supply built into PSU's, that I use to power various electronic projects. I've been doing it wrong all along. I guess I'm just paranoid.
AMD. I trust them as much as I trust Intel.

Hoffman Lenz's picture

Actually, I admit defeat, and you can call me the biggest bullshitter on the planet.

When I first heard about this I searched and found loads of info about the insides of the processors and the capabilities that were built in. Believe it or not, I understand that shit.

I've just looked for similar gen. Now nothing.

All I get is performance comparisons. Who's better AMD or Intel? what our processors can do for your business, etc.

I need vodka.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

So who was in on the Kennedy thing? Was Nixon's downfall engineered? What's the story on 911? Was the USA to be sold to the Chinese or where we to be exterminated to save the planet?

Dark star's picture

The CIA has a bit of a problem.

Who, in the US Government, will now believe anything that the CIA says, regarding the attribution of cyber attacks and or covert surveillance?

Who, in the U.S. will believe what the CIA says regarding attribution?

Who, in the CIA, can the President trust not to stab him in the back or lie to him?

Once your dog has bitten you, the relationship is changed forever; if the biting continues, the dog is likely to be taken into the back yard and shot.

Restoring trust between the CIA and the President is the CIA's problem, not the President's.

BritBob's picture

Interesting to note that Snowden revealed that the UK was keeping an eye on Argentina and her Malvinas aspirations. But what is the strength of Argentina's Falklands' claim?


Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:



DuneCreature's picture

I know I'm wasting keyboard strokes and that a software routine can't really get offended but this is going to feel extra special good to say anyway.

Bob, ........GO FUCK YOURSELF!

Live Hard, Why Do Bobs Even Exist? .... What Is The Point?, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Fidelios Automata's picture

I'm with the Brits on this one. Just because Latin Americans have been oppressed for centuries doesn't mean their leaders haven't been assholes -- including most (if not all) of the lefties. If Kirchner hadn't been certifiably insane, perhaps she could have kept Argentina from being raped by the vulture capitalists.

JailBanksters's picture

What can I say except, these Psychopaths that are paid for by Tax Payers but actually work for the Rothschilds, will do absolutely anything to start a war with somebody. There can be no other explanation.

DuneCreature's picture

This is turning into a real circus.

I don't know what to say. .... Most of this stuff I have been telling people for years. ... It almost got me sent to the funny farm for a few rounds of involuntary meds.

I think I'll just watch for a while and try not to stand too close to anyone who's head looks like it's getting ready to explode.

Maybe I'll have a stack of warm towels at the ready.

Live Hard, Mind The Splatterage, Flailing About And Slippery Decks, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Handful of Dust's picture

No matter how much Schumer and Pelosi and the Fake Media like Mika scream about the Russians, the average American knows it's all fake news. No one I talk to believes that stuff. All it does is drive more voters away from the disconnected DNC.



silverer's picture

We have a problem, though. When they get called out like this, and when the evidence is indisputable, history shows something worse happens. They can't continue as usual, so they will get nasty. They will double down and accelerate things forward to a worse place. This is what I see going very wrong. The Deep State will go from a word to the knife. From a knife to a gun. It's a progression I fully expect to see happen. They are "on the line", and being called out. They won't back off, behave, or turn themselves in now without force. Dangerous, like a cornered animal. We are now at the critical point.

archie bird's picture

As Bannon said, "Time to deconstruct"

silverer's picture

Quite obviously, to anyone with half a brain, the US is NOT the "good guys" anymore.