What is Vault7? WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange releases ‘Year Zero’ leaked documents
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 7, 2017
Internet users around the world are now able to download the Year Zero documents after the passphrase was made public earlier today.
Mr Assange was not able reveal the contents of Vault 7 during a online press conference because the live stream fell victim to a cyber attack.
WikiLeaks tweeted: “As Mr Assange’s Perscipe+Facebook video stream links are under attack, his video press conference will be rescheduled.”
Ahead of the pubilcation, WikiLeaks said: “Today’s pending publication contains elements that will be of interest to all tech journalists.”WikiLeaks said: “Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized “zero day” exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation.
“The archive appears to have been circulated among former US government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”
“Such is the scale of the CIA’s undertaking that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook,” it added.
“The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.
“Once a single cyber ‘weapon’ is ‘loose’ it can spread around the world in seconds, to be used by rival states, cyber mafia and teenage hackers alike.”
Here are a series of questions and answers given by the WikiLeaks statement today:What time period is covered?
“The years 2013 to 2016. The sort order of the pages within each level is determined by date (oldest first).”
What is Vault 7?
“Vault 7 is a substantial collection of material about CIA activities obtained by WikiLeaks.”
When was each part of Vault 7 obtained?
“Part one was obtained recently and covers through 2016. Details on the other parts will be available at the time of publication.”
What is the total size of Vault 7?
“The series is the largest intelligence publication in history.”
WikiLeaks noted: “The quantity of published pages in Vault 7 part one (Year Zero) already eclipses the total number of pages published over the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks.”
How did WikiLeaks obtain each part of Vault 7?
“Sources trust WikiLeaks to not reveal information that might help identify them.”
Isn’t WikiLeaks worried that the CIA will act against its staff to stop the series?
“No. That would be certainly counter-productive.”
Why are the Vault 7 files being released now?
“WikiLeaks published as soon as its verification and analysis were ready.
“In February the Trump administration has issued an Executive Order calling for a ‘Cyberwar’ review to be prepared within 30 days.
“While the review increases the timeliness and relevance of the publication it did not play a role in setting the publication date.”
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What has WikiLeaks released before?
WikiLeak has recently posted a set of US Government ‘wanted’ posters for Mr Assange, WikiLeaks’ source Chelsea Manning and National Security Agency (NSA) mole Edward Snowden.
“If you thought 2016 was a big WikiLeaks year, 2017 will blow you away,” WikiLeaks tweeted in January, adding that a “showdown” was coming.
WikiLeaks’ last significant release was the publication of thousands of emails from the gmail account of Hillary Clinton’s account manager John Podesta in the run up to the US election.
The constant stream of WikiLeaks emails hit Mrs Clinton’s campaign hard and helped turn public opinion against her, paving the way for Donald Trump’s victory.
Mr Assange has repeatedly said that the Russian Government was not its source for leaks during the US election campaign.
He remains under political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.