As if we didn’t need another reason to distrust the American government in general and the CIA in particular, last week we had the release of another large batch of leaked CIA documents via Wikileaks. Referred to as “Year Zero,” this initial batch of over 8,000 documents comes to us from “Vault 7,” whose origin is purported to have come from an isolated high security network within the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. These documents shed more light on the CIA’s power to spy on both America and world, and once again raise serious questions about what our government and the CIA are doing with that power. Of course, 8,000 documents is a lot of material, but thankfully we live in the Internet Age and many people have been posting helpful summaries online. Personally, I would suggest a video made by a Youtuber called Sargon of Akkad, which can be found here. It’s just under 20 minutes long and provides a good synopsis of what’s going on without overloading the viewer with too much data, though if you want to know more he has a link in the description of the video to the sources he is drawing from.
Unrelated to Vault 7, at some point in the future I’d like to do a writing piece on Sargon, as he’s another online personality whose videos I’ve found myself watching lately. He’s not as controversial (or famous) as Milo, and comes from the other side of the political spectrum, but like Milo he’s an interesting figure who bucks some of the trends we would normally associate with people from his political persuasion. Sometime in the next month or two I’ll hopefully have a writing piece on him ready for publishing.