WikiLeaks to give tech firms access to CIA hacking tools it possesses, Assange says
WikiLeaks will provide technology companies with exclusive access to CIA hacking tools it possesses, allowing them to patch software flaws, founder Julian Assange says.
"Considering what we think is the best way to proceed and hearing these calls from some of the manufacturers, we have decided to work with them to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details that we have so that the fixes can be developed and pushed out, so people can be secure," Mr Assange said during a press conference broadcast via Facebook Live.
The anti-secrecy group published documents on Tuesday describing secret Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools and snippets of computer code, but did not publish the full details needed to exploit phones, computers and internet-connected televisions.
The offer could put Silicon Valley in the unusual position of deciding whether to cooperate with Mr Assange, a man believed by some US authorities to be an untrustworthy pawn of Russian President Vladimir Putin or a secretive US spy agency.
It was not clear how WikiLeaks intended to give the information to technology companies, or if they would accept his offer.
Google, Apple, Microsoft and Cisco Systems, who all have products mentioned in the documents, did not immediately comment.
In a statement responding to Mr Assange's comments, CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu said the WikiLeaks founder was "not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity".
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ITT people who think they know what RU and US intelligence agencies are actually doing
Documents show that Russia knew in advance that Snowden would spy on NSA:
https://heatst.com/politics/assange-...ld-spy-on-nsa/Snowden has always maintained he was a ‘whistleblower’ and had no contact with foreign intelligence agencies before leaving the NSA
But the FSB’s head in Cuba flying to Quito, and the location of the letter in Ecuador’s London Embassy with other files on Assange, suggests there was advance collusion and planning between Russia and Ecuador before Snowden stole a raft of top-secret files
Told. you. so.