Wikileaks Publishes CIA Director’s Private Email Contents
Wikileaks claims that it has exposed specific contents of the personal email account of CIA director, John Brennan.Advertisement
The release includes six documents that were published on the Wikileaks website. One of these documents is a draft security clearance application that contains personal information. The responsibility for the hack was claimed by a high school student, who said that he had found work-related files, as reported by the New York Post. This student, the newspaper further said, was angry over the country’s foreign policy. Redacted images of government information were released on the student’s Twitter account.
A tweet by Wikileaks said that more information will be revealed later. “ANNOUNCE: We have obtained the contents of CIA Chief John Brennan’s email account and will be releasing it shortly,” the tweet said.
The released documents contain Brennan’s incomplete SF86, a questionnaire that needs to be filled out by federal employees to gain security clearance. The questionnaire has personal information about Brennan’s health, criminal history, and whether he has consumed drugs or has formed associations with foreign governments, CNN reports. Also released was a letter from the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, a congressional bill from 2008 about interrogation techniques, and an intelligence policy paper, as reported by BBC.
In a statement, the CIA said, “The private electronic holdings of the Brennan family were plundered with malicious intent and are now being distributed across the web. This attack is something that could happen to anyone and should be condemned, not promoted. There is no indication that any the documents released thus far are classified. In fact, they appear to be documents that a private citizen with national security interests and expertise would be expected to possess.”
The cyber attack is being investigated by the FBI and the Secret Service. The released documents do not seem to contain any classified information. “In fact, they appear to be documents that a private citizen with national security interests and expertise would be expected to possess,” the statement said.
Before he became the director of the CIA in 2013, Brennan spent four years as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.