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Wikileaks Latest Disclosure: CIA Surveillance Techniques

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Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen on a screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a press conference on the platform's 10th anniversary on October 4, 2016 in Berlin.  (Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty Images)

The CIA figured out how to spy on people through cell phones, websites and smart TVs, and then lost control over that information, according to the website Wikileaks. In what it called its largest release ever, Wikileaks made 8,761 files available Tuesday that detailed surveillance techniques. Wikileaks says it will release more details soon, after allowing tech companies to review the information so that they can patch any security vulnerabilities. We discuss the implications of the disclosure and Wikileaks’ political influence.

Guests:

Camila Domonoske, reporter, NPR

Cindy Cohn, executive director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

David Rennie, Washington bureau chief and Lexington columnist, The Economist

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