Russia Among Suspects After WikiLeaks Releases CIA Hacking Tools

Possible charges against Assange include conspiracy, theft of government property and violating the Espionage Act.

After Wikileaks leaked out thousands of documents on the CIA’s top hacking tools, questions arise on how did the breach of secrecy come about and whether Russia was involved.

Jeremy Bash, who is a National Security Analyst based in the USA said:

If I were at the agency today i’d be looking at what was disclosed, who had access to the information, what would be their motivations and abilities to reveal and whether a foreign country like Russia was involved.

All eyes are on Russia because of their alleged links with Wikileaks, but it is also being speculated as to whether the information was leaked by the British Intel or perhaps a mole within the CIA.

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents on Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools that the government employs to break into users' computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

The documents describe clandestine methods for bypassing or defeating encryption, anti-virus tools and other protective security features intended to keep the private information of citizens and corporations safe from prying eyes.

(With inputs from NBC News and AP)