Documents don’t support contention that CIA impersonates other countries to mask provenance of its cyberattacks
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he has additional information about ways the CIA tries to mask its attacks. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/Zuma Press
WASHINGTON—The “Vault 7” trove of documents released Tuesday by WikiLeakshas been cited by commentators to claim that the Central Intelligence Agency may have been masquerading as other foreign states while conducting its cyberhacks.
The documents being cited, however, offer no smoking gun.
The idea that the CIA posed as foreign actors has gained currency among people who are using the WikiLeaks disclosure to question the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman last year in order to help elect President Donald Trump. These political commentators and outlets are implying the campaign hacks could have been a CIA operation.
“CIA uses techniques to make cyberattacks look like they originated from enemy state. It turns DNC/Russia hack allegation by CIA into a JOKE,” internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom wrote after the release in a tweet picked up by ZeroHedge, a financial blog known for its antiestablishment worldview. Mr. Dotcom, who founded the file-sharing website Megaupload, is wanted in the U.S. on charges including criminal copyright infringement, money laundering and conspiracy to commit racketeering.