Wikileaks releases CIA chief's personal emails
Wikileaks has released what it claims are emails from CIA DIrector John Brennan's personal email account. The organization didn't say where it got them, but last week, a Twitter account belonging to someone claiming to be a teenager announced that he had hacked the director's personal email account.
The emails appear to be from 2007-2009.
The chief evidence the hacker produced was Brennan’s AOL contact list, which included numerous addresses connected with the Obama administration’s presidential transition team.
WikiLeaks had earlier in the day vowed on Twitter to publish the emails, tweeting: "ANNOUNCE: We have obtained the contents of CIA Chief John Brennan's email account and will be releasing it shortly."
The emails released Wednesday are a mixed bag of half-finished memos by Brennan, correspondence from Capitol Hill, a document from a contract dispute with the CIA involving his then-company The Analysis Corp. and an application-related form for a national security position in the administration. That application includes personal details about Brennan — such as his passport number — and about his family.
One document discusses the lack of a legal framework for domestic intelligence. "The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, CIA, and Department of Defense are all engaged in intelligence activities on U.S. soil, and these activities must be consistent with our laws and reflect the democratic principles and values of our Nation," it reads.
Another reflects criticism of the George W. Bush administration over Iran, specifically that Tehran was "understandably — but regrettably — swept up in the emotionally charged rhetoric that emanated from Washington under the seemingly all-encompassing rubric of 'The War on Terrorism."
The FBI and Secret Service are both investigating the alleged hacks. The CIA has acknowledged only that it is aware of the reported hacking of Brennan's AOL account and reported it to authorities.
There was apparently no classified information that was exposed, which calls into question the so called altruism of Wikileaks in publishing someone's private information. What purpose does this serve except to encourage the hacking of other personal email accounts?
What government secrets are exposed? What wrongdoing is being shown the light of day? Hackers are low life scum and Wikileaks isn't much better for publishing clearly private emails that contain no information regarding Brennan's public duties or US policy. that the director hasn't said in public already.
Peeping Toms like this hacker should be caught and spend 20 years in jail. forbidden to ever again own or use a computer. A few sentences like that and even teenagers out for a lark will think twice about violating the privacy of individuals.