On Wednesday, several U.S. officials told CNN that the CIA and the FBI are cooperating to launch a federal criminal investigation into the alleged hacking of classified CIA materials that was published by Wikileaks on Tuesday. The investigation is looking to determine whether or not the more than 8,000 documents released were obtained by a hacker outside of the agency or leaked by a government contractor or employee within.
Officials have stated that the documents that have been shared this far are largely genuine but some may have been altered.
One of the biggest concerns for the federal government is if WikiLeaks publishes critical computer code on how operations are conducted, other hackers could take that code and cause havoc overseas.
The officials emphasized any intelligence collection using the types of operations described in the documents is legal intelligence collection against overseas targets. The officials also cautioned some of the material describes programs still under development by the intelligence community.