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WikiLeaks releases documents stolen from CIA director’s email account

PUBLISHED Wed, October 21, 2015 - 3:36pm EDT
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WikiLeaks has released six documents that were reportedly stolen from a private email account belonging to CIA Director John Brennan, and promising additional releases in the coming days. (more)

The documents released on Wednesday include a 48-page investigation request that was filled out by Brennan and reveals basic details about his personal life. Other documents include a fax from the CIA's general counsel regarding a legal dispute between the CIA and a corporation, as well as documents addressing the issue of torture. It further includes analysis on Iran and intelligence in the 21st century.

The documents released by WikiLeaks appear to be private and confidential, but do not appear to contain classified information.

Other details were not yet available pending a review of the documents.

Earlier this week, a self-described American high school student approached media outlets with his claims that he had hacked an AOL email account belonging to Brennan, as well as accounts belonging to other top administration officials. The hacker, who said he was motivated by his support for Palestine, had bragged on Twitter for several weeks about his apparent access to personal accounts belonging to government officials.

Both the CIA and the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment on the claims but said they had referred the matter to law enforcement.

The hacker, in an interview with the New York Post, claimed to have gained access to the AOL account after tricking workers at Verizon into providing Brennan's personal information and duping AOL into resetting his password. Law enforcement officials said earlier this week that it did not appear that any classified information had been accessed by the hacker, whose identity remains unknown.

Screenshots released by the hacker this week showed a list that included Brennan's alleged social security number, private email address, and phone number. The list also included 20 other people, revealing their phone numbers, email addresses and social security numbers. Another image showed a portion of what was claimed to be Brennan's contact list.

The hacker also claimed in tweets earlier this month to have accessed the Comcast account of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. In one of the tweets, the hacker claimed to have modified Johnson's Comcast account to automatically forward all calls from his parents to anti-war movement the War Resisters League.

The hacker further claimed to have accessed the Comcast account of White House Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines and published logs of some of her calls.

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