Hunt For Snowden 2 Begins: Feds Launch Criminal Probe Into Wikileaks' CIA Source

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A federal criminal investigation is being opened into WikiLeaks' publication of documents detailing alleged CIA hacking operations, CNN reported as both the FBI and CIA are coordinating their hunt for the mysterious whistleblower inside the CIA, who has already been dubbed Snowden 2.0.

The criminal probe will look into how the documents came into WikiLeaks' possession and whether they might have been leaked by an employee or contractor. The CIA is also trying to determine if there are other unpublished documents WikiLeaks may have. Incidentally, the answer to that is yes as the whistleblowing organization revealed earlier in the day on its twitter feed.

The documents published so far are genuine, officials confirmed to CNN, which adds that one of the biggest concerns for the federal government is if WikiLeaks publishes critical computer code on how operations are conducted, as other hackers could take that code and cause havoc overseas. Of course, if the CIA had not left its code open and accessibly by outside interlopers, making hacking simple  - as Edward Snowden explained - that would not be a concern.

Still, the attacks listed in the Wikileaks documents largely require physical access to devices. Even if code was released, a hacker would need to physically tamper with a smart television to infect it with the CIA's purported malware. 

The officials emphasized any intelligence collection using the types of operations described in the documents is legal intelligence collection against overseas targets. The officials also cautioned some of the material describes programs still under development by the intelligence community.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) immediately called for a Congressional investigation upon the documents' release.  "I am deeply disturbed by the allegation that the CIA lost its arsenal of hacking tools. The ramifications could be devastating." It appears that his wish has been granted.

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evoila's picture

Ted Lieu said he was the deep state on twitter the other day. Where are all the democrats now? Still whining about Russia, despite all these new (not really, but still) revelations.




froze25's picture

Yes, go after the source don't spend a second addressing the Fact that the CIA went outside its mandate and has done the NSA's job as well as operated domestically against US Citizens. Also those involved in this have shown us how incompetent they are.

auricle's picture

+1000 Yes, I'm so sick of this shit. Shoot the messanger is pervasive in government as well as in society. 

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

The CiaNewsNetwork will be all ova this

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

"CNN Reported"

All credibility of this article just went down the crapper.

Itsarap's picture

Excuse me but what does CNN reporting have to do with whether, Trump pardons Snowden or not??????

J S Bach's picture

"Feds Launch Criminal Probe Into Wikileaks' CIA Source"

Wouldn't it be wonderful if this were the headline...

"Feds Launch Criminal Probe Into Unconstitutional CIA Practices"

Given the revelations of the leaks, one would hope the concern to be over apprehending the REAL criminal... NOT the person who testified to the criminal's action.


Itsarap's picture

I down voted you because you did'nt say "Feds Launch Criminal Probe Into Unconstitional NSA and CIA Practices"!!!!!!

Chapulin Colorado's picture

This witch hunt for a Snowden 2.0 is missing the point.  The leaker is not the criminal, the criminal is the CIA that has violated every citizen and every person on the face of the earth.  All the agents at the CIA and their subcontractors are criminals to WE THE PEOPLE.  The American people shoud demand that they all be tried for treason and for violating the constitution.  Shame.

Chapulin Colorado's picture

This witch hunt for a Snowden 2.0 is missing the point.  The leaker is not the criminal, the criminal is the CIA that has violated every citizen and every person on the face of the earth.  All the agents at the CIA and their subcontractors are criminals to WE THE PEOPLE.  The American people shoud demand that they all be tried for treason and for violating the constitution.  Shame.

Itsarap's picture

How do you not see the other elephant in the room?The NSA?????????Are they not just as criminal as the CIA?????

Gold Pedant's picture

Elephant? When Lemmiwinks fights Wikileaks, it is revealed that Wikileaks is a HACKER RAT.

I'll be here all day, folks. 

logicalman's picture

Imagine the scenario....

You walk into the cop shop to report a crime and are immediately arrested for making the criminal look bad.

We live in an insane assylum.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Especially the adroit spin about physical access being "largely" required to infect net-connected devices. What bullshit.

LetThemEatRand's picture

It's also funny how quickly they act to find the leaker of stuff they don't want leaked, but all's quiet on the Western Front where the leaks that undermine Trump are concerned.

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

Less than 1% released?

My math says thats near 1 million pages in total to get released.

Hope there are some major bombshells in there.

Bavarian's picture

That's Edward Snowden on steroids multiplied by gazillion. 

Can't wait.

I really hope this leads to eventual splintering of the 3-letter agencies with STRICT oversight.  This first batch is all Trump needs to justify that action.

Citxmech's picture

"Even if code was released, a hacker would need to physically tamper with a smart television to infect it with the CIA's purported malware."

Unless every electronic device has backdoors preloaded from the factory and then gets periodically "updated" with the latest spyware automatically.

Gonzogal's picture

I don’t think the CIA had their weapons “stolen”, I think that establishing – in the public eye – that they don’t have sole control of these tools enables them to preserve plausible deniability, in the event they are used.

If the cyber-tools the CIA developed are also in private hands, they were more likely sold than stolen. The CIA has massive corporate ties in the media, defense, pharmaceuticals and countless other big corporate interests. To the extent it is essentially one large family.

logicalman's picture

The other side of this is that 'reasonable doubt' now exists in any investigation of cyber crime.

The waters have become very muddy indeed.


HowdyDoody's picture

The CIA has outfits in the delivery chain. Items for selected customers pass through their hands, allowing them to do whatever they like to the software/firmware.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yep. Buy used computers using BIOS versus new ones using UEFI. Do it in person. Always carry it with you. Apply CIA rules.


No hard drive needed. Boot Linux from a USB Flash Drive and activate its firewall. Only use wired networking. Disable Bluetooth and Wifi physically. Spoof user agent with Firefox plugin to masquerade as Windows. Tip: Tor brings unwanted attention. Only allow browser access to the Internet.


peddling-fiction's picture


Everything comes with backdoors for sure.

Bingo Hammer's picture

The hilarious part will be when they trace it all the way back to Hillary Clinton's server

Rubicon727's picture

"Less than 1% released? My math says that's nearly 1 million pages in total to get released.

Hope there are some major bombshells in there."

NOTICE: ZH just published an article about how the German's Chief Prosecutor is looking into the Wikileaks revelations. Goes to show you how the CIA/NSA/FBI do the covering for the corrupt FINANCIAL SYSTEM.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) Joe Sichs Pach Mar 8, 2017 9:13 PM

How does anyone get 1 million pages without getting caught?

Personally I don't think it was somone inside, it was outside.

And I think it was a woman.

I had this feeling so I did a chart for the release and damn if I ain't right.

Eris conjunct Uranus/Mars/Venus in Aries 12th house of secrets/leaks

part of Grand Cross with Pluto, Jupiter, Moon.

Black Moon conjunct Lucifer 7th, could be a honeypot/hooker/mistress/wife of someone big.

Maybe a woman that works with a man (mars/eros)

youngman's picture

They wont find this person..but there will ba a car accident

Wang Dang SP's picture

Or maybe a few, just to be sure.

WTFRLY's picture


Sarah Whittle: [reads] 'They grow much faster than bamboo / Take care or they'll come after you'.

[Jungle plants start to grow]

Alan Parrish: Oh, great...

Sarah Whittle: [whimpers] Oh, God, tell me this isn't happening!

Alan Parrish: Oh, it is.

[Alan, Sarah, Peter, and Jud huddle close to each other in the middle of the room]

Alan Parrish: Stay away from the walls; don't touch anything. No quick movements. 

HRClinton's picture

The truth is not supposed to be for the little people, who can't handle it if it were to set them 'free'. The truth is whatever we tell you it is. We need world order, not chaos.

Time for my fave networks (CNN and MSNBC) and fave papers (NYT and WaPo) to redirect and obfuscate. 

Loretta is right. We need more rallies.  The kind of serious protests that she referred to, even if they skate on the edge of Sedition and Treason. I'm for Purple.

Bavarian's picture

Absolutely, f the details, push words like treason and wave flashing lights to distract the sheeple from the content. 

Nothing to see here, move on folks.

MaxMax's picture

The problem with building backdoors and hooks into computer systems is that sooner or later, someone will figure it out or leak the information.  It is hubris to think that you are so smart that no one will figure your tricks out.  It is just a matter of time before the secret is discovered.

froze25's picture

People write programs called "fuzzers" what they do is basically send random generated code at something and see what happens, when they find something, they document it and keep going. That is automated exploit discovery. Those backdoors are discovered that way, there are other ways.

Bad Lieutenant's picture

i am grateful that there are insiders in gov't intel agencies that are applying their own moral compass to the orders and duties they are charged with rather than accept that the deep state can be trusted with absolute technological power. thank you for your service.

froze25's picture

There are more good people (far more) than bad, but the people at the top (not all) are some sick bastards. We have gotten the very top now (with Trump as pres) We got the mid and lower levels, now its time to squeeze the upper management scum and their cronies.

Itsarap's picture

Sooo it's ok for the NSA to spy on American citizen's???????Orwellian doublespeak at it's finest!!!!!!!!!

froze25's picture

Of coarse it not "ok". Keep trolling bud. In this case you have the CIA by the Balls, might as well squeeze them while you can and work on the NSA spying on people without probably cause and no Court ordered Warrant later.

SteveNYC's picture

Big inside job - timed to nail/disrupt Trump. Why not?

Krungle's picture

Total surveillance state doesn't apparently has no clue who leaked info among a finite number of people in possession of said info. But of course it will be the Russians, who somehow managed to get into secure CIA facilities and physically walk out with data. 

froze25's picture

I have said it before the Russians use their "Mind Control" device to make people in Gov't or politics do illegal things. For some reason its especially effective on the Democrats.

Dragon HAwk's picture

Everybody knows Some Body in IT, they can't all Be Bad Guys.  Be a Shame if Good Teck Beat bad Teck,  let the Gaming Begin

froze25's picture

There are far more liberty orientated people in the Tech world then in the nut job NWO world.

auricle's picture

Good Tech will not fight it, they will just expose it. Which is better in my opinion. Keep up the good fight white hats. 

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Mar 8, 2017 12:18 PM

Awwwwww, the CIA is devastated.

That was the point. This asshole department can't dissapear soon enough.