WikiLeaks: CIA hears all

Staff Writer
Joan Crinion

During this last week, cyber security and government spying on its citizens have been brought to our attention.

President Donald Trump made an accusation on Twitter last Saturday that President Obama had his “wires tapped.” According to the New York Times, the WikiLeaks that was released on Tuesday might have been the largest collection of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) information leaked at one time.

These two incidents, while they are very different, and have varying levels of credibility, show that most Americans are becoming fearful about the government spying on its citizens. The CIA has found ways to hack into various technologies including smart phones and Samsung Smart TVs.

I think that many people need to consider how these openings in security could have gaps that could be used by others, not just the United States government. The CIA is also aware of these lapses in cyber security, and are just allowing these to remain open so that they can take advantage of it.

I believe that this is unfair for the American citizens whom this organization is supposed to be serving.

Something that most people would not think about when hearing about these leaks is the fact that the NSA is supposed to be in control of these kinds of programs. This means that the taxpayers are supporting the budgets of two large organizations spying on its citizens.

For me, this seems like a large waste of taxpayer dollars. The two organizations should be working together and not competing for who has the better technology or information. Another concern that I have that would also be important for those who feel that they have nothing to hide from the government, is that once there is an opening in a device for hacking, that opening can be accessed by others than just the CIA or NSA.

Ben Wizner, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union stated, “Those vulnerabilities with be exploited not just by our security agencies, but by hackers and governments around the world.

Patching security holes immediately, not stockpiling them, is the best way to make everyone’s digital life safer” (New York Times).

On a lighter side after all this fear some of the CIA’s programs were named after some very nerdy things such as references to Harry Potter, Pokémon and Whiskey.

One program was named “Weeping Angel” after Doctor Who.

These revelations bring forth the debate again about whether we prefer privacy over safety or vice versa. This is something that every citizen should consider before making any judgement.