WikiLeaks publishes CIA chief's emails

  • 23/10/2015
CIA director John Brennan (Reuters)
CIA director John Brennan (Reuters)

By Dave Clark

WikiLeaks has released a second instalment of documents from CIA director John Brennan's hacked personal email account, including his contacts list, and warned more were to come.

That Brennan's data was stolen was an embarrassment in itself for a US intelligence community already reeling from a series of high-profile leaks.

But none of the documents revealed so far from his personal, non-government account appear in themselves to threaten national security - or Brennan's career.

Anti-privacy activist Julian Assange's WikiLeaks has not said how many of Brennan's documents it has, but boasted it will release more "over the coming days."

Thursday's document dump includes policy recommendations on the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan to a Senate select committee on intelligence and Brennan's contacts.

These are listed as a series of email addresses and instant messenger accounts and were presumably taken from his AOL account and converted to a text file.

They appear to be the addresses of policy academics, private sector defence and intelligence contacts, friends, family and at least one senior journalist.

A few are government email addresses, including officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Air Force.

Some are pseudonymous, such as "TexasGirl195," "Sunshine5B" and "volleyballguy."

Others bear the names of high-profile figures such as former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, who uses an address at his law firm O'Melveny and Myers.

The current National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, appears under the government email address she used in 2008 on President Barack Obama's transition team.

Many addresses are from The Analysis Corp, the private intelligence firm that Brennan ran between 2005 and 2008.

There are also contact addresses for sales on the online small ads site Craigslist.

On Wednesday, after a first batch of documents - including the Brennan family's addresses and phone numbers - were released, the CIA denounced WikiLeaks' "malicious intent."

The leaks came after it was reported that a teenaged hacker had broken into Brennan's AOL account and had taken mails and personal data.