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    AVAILABLE EXPERT – WikiLeaks releases CIA Director's emails

    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    Queen's University surveillance studies expert, David Murakami Wood, is available to comment on the release of the contents of CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account by WikiLeaks, following an alleged hack over the weekend. So far, emails released have included John Brennan`s application for national security clearance, memos relating to torture and the ongoing diplomatic challenges with Iran. Brennan became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in March 2013, replacing General David Petraeus who was forced to step down after becoming embroiled in a classified information mishandling scandal.

    "A lot of these recent stories, from the Snowden files onwards, should make us realise that even with the immense resources and technological capabilities of intelligence services, their employees at every level can still make the most basic mistakes," says Dr. Murakami Wood.

    "David Petraeus, the predecessor of John Brennan, leaked classified documents to a woman with whom he was having an an affair. Now, we have the current CIA Director... even having an AOL account is pretty stupid for a man of his level of clearance, but actually using it for conducting discussions of issues of state... well, it's astonishingly stupid."

    Dr. Murakami Wood is available for comment on Thursday, October 22.

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