Possible New Spy Tool For Spy Agencies

Sep 13, 2017

Federal spy agencies may soon have another tool to spy on Americans. A one-sentence clause was tacked onto a Senate Intelligence Committee bill. It says that WiliLeaks “‘resembles a non-state hostile intelligence service’ and that the U.S. government ‘should treat it as such.’” People who saw the clause say that it “is likely targeting anyone collaborating with” Wikileaks. Spy agencies would be able to “secure the authorization needed to surveil those U.S. citizens thought to be associates with WikiLeaks,” said Robert Deitz a lawyer formerly with several intelligence agencies. The language of the clause is similar to what CIA Director Mike Pompeo used in April. He said, “It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is — a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.” Chairman Richard Burr’s Senate office would not explain the legislation saying, “We don’t discuss committee deliberations.”