A former CIA deputy director said that WikiLeaks' release of classified documents is "absolutely" an "inside job." Mike Morrell told "CBS This Morning" that the CIA should find out whether the alleged leaker is an employee or a contractor and whether there were any missing "red flags." When asked whether the leak was done from within the agency, he said, “Absolutely."
Morrell said, "This data is not shared outside CIA. It's only inside CIA."
"It's on CIA's top secret network, which is not connected to any other network. So, this has to be an inside job."
So far, WikiLeaks has refused to name the source of the documents.
Morrell said that WikiLeaks should not share technical details of the CIA's surveillance operation with tech companies, such as Samsung, that have products mentioned in the documents that may lend themselves to hacking by the CIA. That information, Morrell said, would be "valuable" to the enemies of the United States because it would allow them to discover CIA bugs in their own networks.
As revealed by the March 7 document dump, CIA hacking tools can bypass encryption software over a wide variety of devices manufactured in the US and Europe. These include: Apple iPhone, Google Android, Microsoft Windows, as well as smart TVs, converting them into bugging devices. So far, the CIA has not confirmed whether the WikiLeaks documents are real. The agency warned that information revealed by WikiLeaks makes its job difficult.
According to a CIA spokesperson, "The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community's ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries."
"Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information that do us harm."
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former acting CIA Director John McLaughlin expressed their worries about the timing of the "Vault 7" document dump. Former CIA director David Petraeus said the “Vault 7” leaks could be as harmful to national security as the 2013 leak of secret documents by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.