Where did the documents come from?

WikiLeaks did not name the source of the leak, but their press release describes that source’s motivations:

In a statement to WikiLeaks the source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public, including whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency. The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.

What kinds of devices were targeted?

The documents describe tools that can be used to hack into the following devices:

WikiLeaks also tweeted that certain secure messaging apps were vulnerable:

Though Snowden thought that misleading:

So… did the CIA hack my TV?

The released documents—again, not yet verified—are largely technical and don’t appear to include information about actual operations in which these tools have been used. However, the nature of the tools described indicates that they would be used for surveillance of individual targets, versus the population at large.

What does the White House say?

A man of many opinions on leaks, US president Donald Trump has yet to tweet about the WikiLeaks disclosure, and there has been no official response from the White House. During a press briefing on Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer declined to answer a question on the document release.

“Obviously that’s something that has not been fully evaluated,” he said.

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