WikiLeaks Posts Info From CIA Director’s Personal Email

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WikiLeaks Posts Info From CIA Director’s Personal Email.

WikiLeaks on Wednesday posted apparently authentic intimate personal details of CIA Director John Brennan, including his health history, home address and wife’s Social Security number, in the latest hacking scandal to spill sensitive government information. WikiLeaks on Thursday posted several documents from the account, including what appear to be drafts of papers about the challenges facing the U.S. intelligence community and recommendations for how the U.S. should deal with Iran.It will go down as one of Wikileaks’ more astonishing achievements that it managed to turn the director of the CIA—a man who some have vilified as the architect of the drone wars and an endorser of torture—into a sympathetic character. The material presumably was taken in a compromise of Brennan’s email account by a hacker who told The New York Post he is a high school student protesting American foreign policy. But that’s what happened on Wednesday when the Web site devoted to transparency and government accountability published loads of personal information about John Brennan, his wife and children, and other people close to him that had no obvious connection to his work as the CIA chief or his earlier role as President Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

Brennan joined the Obama administration, came two days after a young unnamed American hacker said he had broken into the email accounts of the nation’s spy chief and that of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. One paper from 2007, titled “The Conundrum of Iran,” warns that Tehran’s ongoing use of terrorism is “particularly alarming and insidious,” but also bemoans “the gratuitous labeling of Iran as part of an ‘axis of evil’ by President Bush” following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S. “Iran’s importance to U.S. strategic interests and to overall stability in the region necessitates the establishment of direct and senior-level dialogue,” Brennan wrote, suggesting Washington “hold out meaningful carrots as well as sticks.” WikiLeaks posted a 2008 letter from former U.S. Brennan’s “non-government email accounts” and said that more documents would be uploaded in the coming days. “Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects,” WikiLeaks announced.

None of the documents made available by the organization as of Wednesday appeared to be explicitly marked as top-secret or otherwise classified, but do contain information regarding Mr. Aftergood has devoted his career to exposing official malfeasance, especially by intelligence agencies, and has pushed government agencies to ease their classification rules and open more secrets to public view. In a section of his security clearance application covering foreign contacts, Brennan writes that in August 2007: “I have had lunch twice and dinner once with Alan Lovell, a U.K. colleague with whom I worked closely during the last three years of my government career.

The Washington Times’ attempt to reach a previously unpublished phone number included on the form as a way of reaching one such reference, then-CIA Director George Tenet, ended in an abrupt end to the phone call after the individual on the other end of the line agreed to take a message for “George” until they were told the contact info had come from WikiLeaks. “The Brennan family is the victim,” the agency said in an unattributed statement, in keeping with agency policy, the Associated Press reported. ” … There is no indication that any the documents released thus far are classified. The Brennan data dump was strikingly discordant for a Web site that built its reputation holding institutions and officials to account for their actions, including by exposing military assaults on journalists, revealing duplicity in foreign policy, and peering inside the secretive detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The background form, known as an SF-86, is the one that milions of other government employees have filled out and that were stolen by Chinese hackers in the massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management.

The documents include a partially written position paper on the future of intelligence, a memo on Iran, a paper from a Republican lawmaker on CIA interrogations and a summary of a contract dispute between the CIA and Brennan’s private company, the Analysis Corporation, which had filed a formal protest after losing a contract dealing with terrorist watch lists. But unlike Brennan’s information, it has not been put on the Web, according to U.S. officials and security experts who are tracking the fallout from the breach. His suggestions are similar to the carrot-and-stick approach the administration would eventually use in nudging Tehran toward joining negotiations over slowing the momentum of its growing nuclear reactor program. “The United States has no choice but to find ways to coexist — and to come to terms — with whatever government holds power in Tehran,” Brennan said in the three-page memo.

The phone numbers and addresses of some of Brennan’s former associates have also been published, including Jami Miscik, a career CIA employee who became the agency’s top analyst and left in 2005, and Darleen Connelly, who was the general counsel of a president’s intelligence advisory board. The CIA condemned the hacking of Brennan’s email and emphasized the damage it could cause to his personal life. (The other files in the Wikileaks dump were of minimal news value. Kit Bond to colleagues describes Bond’s proposal to curb CIA interrogation techniques in a less restrictive way than requiring the agency to adhere to the Army field manual, which was what Obama ultimately did.

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