CIA leaks cause controversy

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The agencies that control national security are under fire from the public.

Will Sieracki, Reporter

Controversial website Wikileaks released hundreds of documents from the CIA known as “Vault 7.” “Vault 7” shows the CIA’s ability to watch people all over the country via their electronic devices, such as Samsung Smart TV’s and phones with Android operating systems. Apple, whose products also contained weaknesses that could have been exploited, claimed that they had fixed their weaknesses, but there’s still a fair amount of people that don’t believe them.

 

     

The narrative of the government knowing where you are and what you’re doing at all times is not new. Conspiracy theorists have been saying it for years. Alex Jones of Info Wars has claimed in the past that all devices in a typical American home are “designed to spy on you.”

 

     Wikileaks’ press release about their CIA leak stated that the collection gives its possessor “the entire hacking capability of the CIA.” Central Intelligence hasn’t released a response of their own yet, and they might never do so. They don’t have to comment on the leak and just keep doing what they’re doing. But it seems like they might have to sooner or later to save the public’s opinion of them.
     It certainly is a very scary concept, as most people value their privacy, and when government comes in and violates the 4th Amendment of the Constitution in the name of public safety, there will be backlash and a distrust of the agencies that run national security, like the CIA and the NSA. As if there wasn’t enough division  in America already.