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Wikileaks' New CIA Leak Should Not Surprise Americans

| by Shani Shahmoon

Americans have shown time and again that there is nothing they're more frightened of than their government.

Once upon a time, Americans were afraid of foreigners. McCarthyism raced through the veins of our people and our leaders -- and we trusted our government to go so far as to arrest anyone with the slightest distrust of our democratic system, because there was nothing more dangerous than a "commy."

But America's psyche did a 180-degree flop, and now Americans are more fearful of their own government than any foreigner (with maybe an exception to "radical Islamic terrorism").

For the last decade, WikiLeaks has rocked the boat when it comes to the relationship between Americans and their government. And their release of over 8,000 documents regarding the CIA on March 7 is just about as surprising as rain in Seattle.

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Since 2006, WikiLeaks has published over 40 leaks online, according to the website. 2016 had the most leaks, at 14 total. And 2017 has solidified the peoples' anxiety with three since January.

The 2016 election results proved that so many Americans were unhappy with the last eight years of government, but even after this election, skepticism is still at an all-time high.

It should be no surprise that government agencies are in constant question, and as such, are having the rug pulled from under them, in the form of leaks.

The newest press release on WikiLeaks details the density and gravity of the content it just published. With the support of 8,761 documents and files, WikiLeaks claims that since 2001, the CIA was given more attention and a bigger budget than the National Security Agency. And after the Edward Snowden files regarding the NSA in 2013, the CIA has taken on the initiative of breaching into the private lives of Americans with little to no accountability and transparency.

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The release concluded from the files that the techniques the CIA have compiled and created can go so far as to hack into all iOS products (iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, etc.), Android products (Samsung, Sony and HTC), and SmartTVs.

According to a New York Times article, in 2015 Samsung started to include a warning in their terms of service that stated, "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition."

That right there was a flashing red light to Americans.

Apple, Samsung, Linux and Microsoft have since responded to the allegations, stating their concerns and intentions to find a solution, as reported by BBC News.

Sources: The New York Times, WikiLeaks (2), BBC / Photo credit: 1080p/Twitter

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