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Wikileaks Posts Emails They Claim Come From CIA Director John Brennan's Hacked Account—Sensitive Personal Info Included

Unredacted personal information of Brennan's and his relatives included among the documents.

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Wikileaks just released six documents allegedly culled from CIA Director John Brennan's

Not cool, Wikileaks.
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 personal email account, which were allegedly stolen by a 20 year-old hacker.

Ranging from July 2007 through November 2008, the "emails" are presented as PDF attachments and include policy drafts written by the longtime CIA employee, then working in the private sector, as he transitioned into an Obama campaign adviser and eventually a high-level administration official.

In the scorched earth tradition Wikileaks has grown infamous for, the documents (if accurate) also include unredacted personal info such as the passport numbers, phone numbers and addresses of Brennan and several of his relatives, which were included in a form Brennan filled out while applying for his job as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, which he held before becoming CIA director in 2013. 

The most interesting revelation from a policy standpoint is Brennan's strong and repeated recommendations for the Obama administration to "tone down the rhetoric" of the Bush administration with regards to Iran, and to "establish a Direct Dialogue with Tehran," "seek realistic, measurable steps," and "hold out meaningful carrots, as well as sticks."

Taking direct aim at the Bush administration's "Global War on Terrorism," Brennan (allegedly) writes:

The gratuitous labeling of Iran as part of a worldwide "axis of evil" by President Bush (date?) combined with strong U.S. criticisms of Iran's nascent nuclear program and its meddling in Iraq led Tehran to the view that Washington had embarked on a course of confrontation in the region that would soon set a kinetic focus on Iran. Even Iran's positive engagement in helping repair the post-Taliban political environment in Afghanistan was met with indifference by Washington. 

Wikileaks' summary of the released documents:

  • "National Security Position" form for John Brennan. This form, filled out by Brennan himself before he assumed his current position, reveals a quite comprehensive social graph of the current Director of the CIA with a lot of additional non-govermental (sic) and professional/military career details. (17 November 2008, Author: Austin)
  • FAX from the General Counsel of the CIA to the Goverment (sic) Accountability Office about a legal quarrel between the CIA and "The Analysis Corporation". TAC seems to have lost a tender for a US watchlist-related software project to a competitor. Issues seem to revolve around "growth of historical data" and "real-time responsiveness" of the system. (15 February 2008, Sender: CIA, Office of General Counsel, Larry Passar)
  • Challenges for the US Intelligence Community in a post cold-war and post-9/11 world; a calling for inter-agency cooperation, a ten-year term for the Director of the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence. It also demands the autonomy of the Intelligence Community, that it "… must never be subject to political manipulation and interference." An unfinished paragraph is titled "Damaging Leaks of Classified Information". (15 July 2007, Author: John Brennan)
  • Recommendations to the next President (assuming office in Jan. 2009) on how to play the figures on the U.S.-Iranian Chessboard (18 November 2007, Author: John Brennan)
  • Letter from Vice Chairman Bond, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, to his fellow board members with a proposal on how to make future interrogation methods "compliant" and "legal". Instead of listing all allowed methods, every kind of interrogation should be considered compliant, as long as it is not explicitly forbidden by the "Army Field Manual" (AFM). (May 2008)
  • A bill from July 2008 called "Limitations on Interrogation Techniques Act of 2008" explicitly list the forbidden interrogation techniques mentioned in the previous document and can be considered a direct implementation of the recommendations of Christopher Bond. (31 July 2008)

Wikileaks claims that more of Brennan's personal email communications will be released "in the coming days."

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  1. Why kind of information are these people relaying over even what they think is secure email?

    1. If Brennan thought his AOL e-mail (which is the account that was hacked) was “secure email”, he shouldn’t have gotten the job in the first place.

      1. AOL? I wonder if he emailed in ALL CAPS

      2. Better question – why the fuck is the head of the CIA stupid enough to have an AOL account personal or not in 2015?

        I seriously think the CIA and NSA both are just nothing but smoke and mirrors at this point. Seems like everything they touch just turns to shit. Or at least like 85% of it.

        1. The NSA now consists of Chinese spies and Russian spies and North Korean spies all watching each other very carefully while pretending that they know what they’re actually doing.

  2. Director John Brennan’s Hacked Account – Sensitive Personal Info Included

    Nude pics?

  3. Brennan must feel awful knowing that there are people he doesn’t know doing god-knows-what with his personal information out there.

  4. Tactically, though, I think WikiLeaks would be well advised to scrub personal info like home addresses, SocSec numbers, etc. out of what they release.

    1. Because those are so hard to figure out.

      1. I think it just gives them better optics.

        Look at this article. What’s the takeaway? Wiki released somebody’s personal info, not that a member of the nomenklatura was trafficking in classified info as they went around and around the revolving door,

        1. Optics? Wikileaks are hippocrates .Julian_Assange whined when someone posted sensitive information about him. While I’m down with making the government look stupid, there is a line about private info or info that could get people killed.

          1. So, not only does it distract from what should be the main message, it opens them up to charges of hypocrisy.

          2. Hippocrates? So, first do no harm?

            Sure, if you say so.

          3. Wikileaks didn’t release this information. Brennan did that.

  5. boo fucking hoo

  6. It’s shocking to me that the government has not instituted encrypted technology for when high-level people apply for their jobs. “Hey, yeah, just use your Yahoo email account with an easy to remember password to send sensitive information about yourself and your family. What can possibly go wrong!”

    1. You may be operating under the mistaken assumption that the government gives a shit about job seekers and their privacy.

      1. ***cough*OPMhack***cough***

  7. I’m for transparency in government, not private info. Hope Assange gets droned.

    1. So you favor murder as a response to publishing a string of numbers?

      1. You call it a string of numbers, I call it naked pictures of his wife! Yes, I prefer murder to naked strings of Brennan’s wife.

  8. “”Recommendations to the next President (assuming office in Jan. 2009) on how to play the figures on the U.S.-Iranian Chessboard“”

    I’d love to see that.

    Particularly in the context of what appears to be a rout by Iran over the past 8 years.

  9. “Wikileaks claims that more of Brennan’s personal email communications will be released ‘in the coming days.'”

    Spoiler Alert: “Panetta, you know how much I love watching you work. But I’ve got my country’s War of on Terror to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped.”

  10. This is proof we need our government to set network and security standards. Hillary and Brennan know all too well the dangers of secrets getting into the open.

  11. Ha-ha!

    /Nelson Muntz

  12. Once you understand that Wikileaks is a Russian intelligence op, everything they do makes perfect sense. If, and when, they release information that is damaging to an adversary of the US, I’ll revisit that theory.

    Of course, for the life of me, I cannot understand why the director of the CIA would use an AOL account.

    1. Same reason Hillary used her insecure private email server. Because they’re corrupt, arrogant ignoramuses who float through life surrounded by toadies.

    2. He didn’t want all those CD’s with the free minutes to go to waste.

    3. Once you understand that Wikileaks is a Russian intelligence op, everything they do makes perfect sense.

      You know, much as I don’t like Russia or Russian intelligence, when they demonstrate that the head of the CIA is a blithering idiot who can’t even keep his own social security number private, I think they are doing the US a big service.

      Of course, for the life of me, I cannot understand why the director of the CIA would use an AOL account.

      Because he apparently is a blithering, incompetent idiot who should be fired forthwith.

  13. A guy who oversees a secret war is slightly embarrassed and nothing more will come of it.

  14. Like almost every issue, this can be easily explained by an xkcd comic:
    https://xkcd.com/932/

  15. I suspect these guys like to use their personal emails over their work emails because they are more afraid of FOIA requests than foreign enemies.

    BTW, tomorrow you will hear a lot of spin about the Benghazi committee.

    Just remember, without their slow progress at digging those out, Clinton would have been using her private server right through her presidency.

    I think we need to make some serious examples to prevent this from becoming normalized.

    Lois Lerner and Lisa Jackson both used pseudonymous emails named after their dogs.

    This is unacceptable.

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