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Assange to publish more CIA data

Press Association logoPress Association 9/03/2017

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will publish more confidential documents on the US Central Intelligence Agency once a "key attack code" has been disarmed.

Speaking at an online press conference from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, he said his group will work with technology companies to help defend them against CIA hacking tools, details of which he disclosed earlier this week.

Companies had asked for more details about the CIA cyber-espionage toolkit, said Mr Assange, adding: "We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have."

He said some of the firms have already put counter measures in place, but others want more information.

"WikiLeaks has a lot more information on what has been going on with the cyber weapons program," he said.

He added that WikiLeaks wants to disarm the CIA's "key attack code" before publishing more material.

The whistle-blowing website published thousands of documents it claims reveal the various hacking tools used by the CIA in the US, including techniques which target various consumer software including Windows, Google's Android and Apple's iOS.

WikiLeaks said software was developed to turn Samsung smart TVs into listening devices, a project codenamed Weeping Angel which the report claims also included input from the UK's MI5.

It is understood former Ukip leader Nigel Farage spent over half-an-hour inside the embassy just before the press conference started.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, when asked if the former Ukip leader's visit was on behalf of the Trump administration, dismissed the question as "silly".

CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu, said in a statement, "As we've said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity."

"Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries."

Spicer says President Donald Trump has "grave concern" about the release of classified material and believes the systems at the CIA are outdated.

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