President Trump’s victory over the intelligence community may be a triumph or a disaster for the American people.
After Wikileak’s Vault 7 disclosures, President Trump can checkmate the intelligence agencies. Much more importantly, he will also have it in his power to be either the greatest champion of, or the greatest threat to, freedom and civil liberties America has ever had.
Hacking is the heart of electronic surveillance. The intelligence community (IC) works with technology companies—internet service providers, hardware manufacturers, software companies, communications and media companies—obtaining a great deal of information with their consent. Information is also obtained surreptitiously—hacking. The ways to gather such information are limited only by the imaginations and capabilities of legions of extremely bright hackers, operating around the world for country, profit, or personal gratification, within and outside the bounds of the law.
By the end of 2016, the CIA’s hacking division, which formally falls…
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