WikiLeaks publishes second batch of docs from CIA chief's personal email
The whistleblower organization WikiLeaks has published a second set of documents obtained from CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email account.
The first set of documents published on Wednesday contained reports on Afghanistan and torture, and ideas for US policy towards Iran.
The new release contains Brennan's address book and a full version of 'Executive summary of key findings and recommendations on Afghanistan and Pakistan’, some pages of which were published on Wednesday by Anonymous.
The November 2008 report compiled by a team of Senate analysts is accompanied by a memo from Louis Tucker, the minority staff director for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-Missouri).
“Everyone we spoke with on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan confessed that they know of no overall USG strategy for the region,” Tucker wrote. “Rather, we observed quality individuals serving judiciously in their own lanes ungoverned by a coordinated, comprehensive strategy.”
The US government would have to develop a “comprehensive regional strategy designed to meet a set of clearly defined goals,” Tucker’s memo concluded.
The 13-page executive summary details the Senate team’s findings on the topics of security, reconstruction, nation-building and narcotics cultivation in Afghanistan.
Disparate priorities of various US, UN, NATO and coalition structures in the region have sometimes resulted in “counter-productive actions and programs that have not always been tailored to local conditions,” US officials told the analysts.
The mission to eliminate terrorists from Afghanistan ended up being broader than originally anticipated, and the US has failed to adjust, the Senate team wrote. “If we continue on this path, we will surely fail.”
‘Crackas With Attitude’
The documents were attached to about 40 emails, which a teenage hacker says he got from Brennan’s personal email account on October 12.
Speaking to the New York Post, the hacker said he used social engineering tactics to obtain Brennan’s personal information by posing as a Verizon employee, then posing as Brennan to change the password on the CIA director’s personal email account at AOL, a Verizon subsidiary. The hacker claims to have hijacked the password three times before Brennan closed the account in frustration.
Tweeting as “cracka,” and claiming to be part of a group calling itself CWA, or Crackas With Attitude, the teen described himself as a non-Muslim US high school student with pro-Palestinian views. In another tweet he said, “I am only 13.”
The FBI is currently investigating the hacker, with one law enforcement source telling the NY Post they are considering criminal charges.
“I think they’ll want to make an example out of him to deter people from doing this in the future,” the source said, adding, “I can’t believe he did this to the head of the CIA.”