Published:  12:00 AM, 11 March 2017

Wikileaks offering tech firms CIA files first

Wikileaks offering tech firms CIA files first WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Technology firms will get "exclusive access" to details of the CIA's cyber-warfare program, Wikileaks has said, reports BBC. The anti-secrecy website has published thousands of the US spy agency's secret documents, including what it says are the CIA's hacking tools.

Founder Julian Assange said that, after some thought, he had decided to give the tech community further leaks first. "Once the material is effectively disarmed, we will publish additional details," Mr Assange said.
US federal agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the release of the documents. In response to the revelations, CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak told the BBC: "As we've said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity.

"Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries." Microsoft told the BBC: "We've seen Julian Assange's statement and have not yet been contacted. "Our preferred method for anyone with knowledge of security issues, including the CIA or Wikileaks, is to submit details to us at secure@microsoft.com so we can review information and take any necessary steps to protect customers."

In the first tranche of leaks, Wikileaks alleged that the CIA had developed what Mr Assange called "a giant arsenal" of malware to attack "all the systems that average people use". Tech firms, including Google and Apple, have said that they are developing counter-measures to combat any malware that the CIA may have developed.

Mr Assange said that his organisation had "a lot more information on the cyber-weapons programme". He added that while Wikileaks maintained a neutral position on most of its leaks, in this case it did take a strong stance.



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