Edward Snowden: WikiLeaks document dump on CIA hacking capability ‘looks authentic’

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden said on Tuesday that the WikiLeaks dump of what it claims to be more than 8,700 documents from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence “looks authentic” and “is genuinely a big deal.”

WikiLeaks announced that its “Vault7” publication shines a light on the CIA’s secret hacking program with targets around the world, using malware that can bypass encryption protection in a wide range of devices, including Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.

Since the document dump, WikiLeaks account has shared several pieces of information via its official Twitter account, including this one: “WikiLeaks #Vault7 confirms CIA can effectively bypass Signal + Telegram + WhatsApp + Confide encryption.”