The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are conducting a joint investigation into one of the “worst security breaches in their history” that exposed thousands of top-secret documents describing CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems, CBS News is reporting.
“Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material,” CBS reported. “The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken or how it was stolen.”
The majority of the documents were classified and stored in a highly secure location, but sources say hundreds of people could have had access to them and investigators are going through those names of those who had access, according to CBS.
“The trove was published in March by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks,” CBS reported.
CBS cited the first public comments of CIA director Mike Pompeo, who criticized WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” Pompeo said.