>> The US intelligence agencies were aware late last year of a security breach that lead to a massive WikiLeaks dump of CIA hacking tools. And now authorities on both sides of the Atlantic are scrambling to get to the bottom of it. Investigative reporter Mark Hosenball is on the story.
WikiLeaks has had this material for a matter of months, maybe two or three or four months. And the intelligence community has known about it maybe since December. But they didn't tell any of the companies whose equipment and product may have been compromised by this material at all.>> CNN reporting the CIA and FBI are joining forces to probe how Wikileaks got their hands on the super secret and potentially explosive trove of documents.
Wikileaks claiming they came from a US employee or contractor, suggesting a replay of the Edward Snowden leaks that brought down a massive NSA surveillance program. I don't think anybody really knows who did this yet. I mean, certainly the sense I get from people familiar with the government investigation is they don't really know.
My understanding also is that both the House and Senate intelligence committees have already begun to ask questions. So there are gonna be a bunch of investigations here, how much ever becomes public is unclear.>> The thousands of pages released painted a picture of CIA hackers breaking into Apple and Android, iPhones, and even smart TVs, exploiting security flaws to do eavesdropping and surveillance.
The CIA refusing to officially acknowledge the tools. But in a statement Wednesday, they said such programs were needed to keep Americans safe, and that the law bars their use to spy on Americans. Germany's federal prosecutor saying Wednesday he will examine the Wikileak's trove, dubbed Vault 7. And one of it's most eye catching allegations, that the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, functioned as a secret CIA hacking base.
In 2013, the Snowdon documents revealed the NSA hacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal phone, a deeply embarrassing slight to one of the most important American allies.