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WikiLeaks exposes 'illegal' US spying programs: Analyst

Mark Dankof

WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of CIA documents that it said reveals the US spy agency’s hacking secrets further exposes the US government’s “unrestrained” and “illegal” surveillance programs, a former US Senate candidate says.

WikiLeaks said in a statement on Tuesday that the CIA files are the “most comprehensive” release of US spying files ever made public.

The anti-secrecy website said the covert hacking program taps into Google's Android, Apple's iPhone and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which can be turned into covert microphones.

“This suggests that this problem of spying is far greater than anything that we have yet seen - that has been conducted by the United States government in the past,” said Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and pastor in San Antonio, Texas. 

“All of this underscores the fact that nobody is safe from this kind of unrestrained government surveillance, no matter how illegal and unconstitutional it is,” Dankof told Press TV on Tuesday.

These revelations will have disturbing implications and raise serious questions about the CIA’s surveillance role, he added.

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WikiLeaks said its source released the files because they believed the CIA’s spying program “urgently need to be debated in public,” echoing the motives of many previous leakers.

If the leaked documents are authentic, their release would deliver a major blow to the CIA.

The US government has said that WikiLeaks is a tool of Russian intelligence agencies. In December, the CIA said it had concluded that Russian intelligence operatives provided materials to WikiLeaks in an effort to help President Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

"We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents," CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu said in a statement.

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