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John Brennan has been director of the CIA since 2013. The documents contained in the WikiLeaks cache are from 2008 and before. (Photo: Reuters)

WikiLeaks Publishes First Round of Hacked CIA Chief Emails

Former CIA Director John Brennan is said to have used the private email account 'occasionally for several intelligence related projects'

Deirdre Fulton

WikiLeaks on Wednesday began releasing documents from one of former CIA chief John Brennan's non-government email accounts, which he is said to have "used occasionally for several intelligence related projects."

Earlier this week an individual, claiming to be a teenager, alleged that he and two other people had hacked into Brennan's AOL email account and uncovered files dealing with the CIA director's security clearance application. The hacker told the New York Post that he used a tactic called "social engineering" that involved tricking workers at Verizon into providing Brennan's personal information and duping AOL into resetting his password. The FBI and Secret Service are reportedly investigating the breach.

The unredacted documents published Wednesday include Brennan's "National Security Position" form, which WikiLeaks says "reveals a quite comprehensive social graph of the current Director of the CIA with a lot of additional non-govermental and professional/military career details."

Other documents in the dump cover topics including "challenges for the US Intelligence Community in a post cold-war and post-9/11 world;" "the conundrum of Iran;" and "forbidden interrogation techniques."

Brennan, who defended the CIA in the wake of the Senate Torture Report, has been accused of "willfully [providing] inaccurate information and misrepresent[ing] the efficacy of torture."


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