WikiLeaks CIA Cache Will Damage National Security: Experts


Joel Reidenberg, founding academic director of the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law, was quoted in an NBC Washington article regarding the Wikileaks CIA hacking.

Though some of the WikiLeaks cache is classified, Joel R. Reidenberg, law professor at Fordham University and visiting professor at Princeton University, said its content shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who follows the news.


When the FBI gained access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone last year, it was clear the American intelligence community had developed the ability to circumvent cellphone security measures.


But he believes that Vault 7 will still prove detrimental to American national security.

“It reveals the scope of tools that the U.S. government has,” Reidenberg said. “In doing that, it’s providing information to adversaries about what we can and can’t do.”

Reidenberg said that unlike the Edward Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency, from what he had seen and heard about Vault 7, there is no indication the CIA spied on U.S. citizens.

Also unlike Snowden, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is not an American, but an Australian who has actively sought to disseminate classified information about a government that is not his.

“It is certainly an aggressive, hostile act against the United States because it’s designed to compromise the CIA’s ability to do its job,” Reidenberg said. 


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