By David Treece

Did you see the latest WikiLeaks release? Early reports indicate that a whistleblower inside the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) bravely and heroically leaked documents and information similar to that of exiled Edward Snowden.

Edward Snowden 

Edward Snowden 

The new series is being called “Vault 7,” and WikiLeaks states that only 1% of the leaked info has been published. The data leaked reveals that the government has the ability to commandeer “Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs” without users like you and me even knowing it.

The leak reveals that the CIA has lost control of its spying programs and that parts of the programs could be stolen or exploited by bad actors. A cyber weapon that is “loose” could electronically spread anywhere around the globe in seconds, and be maliciously used against anyone. These clandestine programs have had little to no oversight, with most people not even being aware they exist.

“The CIA had created, in effect, its ‘own NSA’ with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified.” Remember, the National Security Agency (NSA) was the known proprietor of this unethical breach of public trust, but now we learn that the CIA is doing as much or more data mining on the American public.

One of the most alarming details so far is that the CIA is said to be attempting to breach a vehicle’s computer systems. The motivation is not clear, but this would allow for undetected vehicular assassination attempts with little trace.

“The CIA’s Mobile Device Branch developed numerous attacks to remotely hack and control popular smart phones. Infected phones can be instructed to send the CIA the user’s geolocation, audio, and text communications as well as covertly activate the phone’s camera and microphone.” And there’s no escaping it. According to the Vault 7 revelations, popular secure messaging applications have all been breached.

Our days of privacy have vanished. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution is dead. It states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

What does this have to do with financial matters? Our ability to privately decide our efforts is dissipating. Had it not been for President Trump delaying new regulatory costs, harsh financial regulations were set to go into effect. Americans would have lost more of their ability to affordably access financial guidance. Unfortunately, our government has grown into an insatiable monster that feasts on personal freedom.

Any time we have the ability to take the reins to our destiny, we should. At TreeceCo we put our clients in the driver’s seat in order for them to plot their trajectory. We don’t believe in sitting back and hoping for the best. We believe in actively pursuing the best outcome.