REVEALED: Russia is now suspected of giving WikiLeaks documents about CIA hacking which US officials say contain ‘authentic information’
- Senior US officials say the WikiLeaks documents on CIA hacking are authentic
- Officials also believe that Russia may have played a part in obtaining documents
- WikiLeaks has denied accusations that it is a tool of the Russian government
- FBI has launched criminal probe aimed at finding source of leaked documents
The documents released by WikiLeaks that purport to show how the CIA hacks into electronic devices are authentic – with Russia being eyed as the possible culprit behind the leak.
The report also quotes US intelligence sources as saying that the Russian government is believed to be behind the revelations.
Moscow, which has been blamed by the US for attempting to influence the results of the 2016 presidential election by hacking into Democratic Party computers, has been accused of having ties to WikiLeaks.
Drones threatened nuclear facilities
Drone aircraft recently carried out unauthorized intrusions over Air Force and Navy nuclear facilities, and the incidents pose a growing threat, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command disclosed to Congress Wednesday.
Gen. John E. Hyten revealed the drone threats in written testimony before the House Armed Services Committee for a hearing on nuclear deterrence.
“Of recent concern have been the unauthorized flights of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over Navy and Air Force installations,” Gen. Hyten said. “These intrusions represent a growing threat to the safety and security of nuclear weapons and personnel.”
Currently, the Navy and Air Force are planning to deploy counter-unmanned aerial system defenses that Gen. Hyten said will “effectively detect, track and, if necessary, engage small UAS vehicles.”
The commander said protecting U.S. nuclear forces and facilities is a top priority.
“We are continually assessing threats to ensure our security apparatus is capable of denying unauthorized access or use of nuclear weapons,” he said.
A few hundred marines with heavy artillery have been deployed to Syria in preparation for the fight to oust Islamic State from its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, a senior US official said on Wednesday.
The deployment is temporary but is a sign Donald Trump’s White House is leaning toward giving the Pentagon greater flexibility in making routine combat decisions in the fight against Isis.
Military commanders frustrated by what they considered micromanagement under the previous administration have argued for greater freedom to make daily decisions on how best to fight the enemy.
The marines moving into Syria are positioning howitzers to be ready to help local Syrian forces, said the official, who was not authorised to discuss the deployment publicly.
In addition, the US is preparing to send hundreds of troops to Kuwait to be ready to fight Isis there if needed, the official said. The number would be fewer than 1,000, the official said.
The latest troop movements come on the heels of the recent temporary deployment of dozens of army forces to the outskirts of Manbij, Syria, in what the Pentagon called a “reassure and deter” mission. Flying American flags and moving in large, heavily armoured vehicles, the troops were there to keep a lid on tensions in the area, the Pentagon said.
It appeared the forces were largely there to ensure Turkish fighters and Syrian opposition groups focused on battling Isis rather than each other.