WikiLeaks Will Help Tech Companies Fix Security Flaws, Assange Says –
By SCOTT SHANE, DAVID E. SANGER and VINDU GOELMARCH 9, 2017
The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said the Central Intelligence Agency lost control of a large arsenal of cyberwarfare tools
and then covered up that the material was not secured.
So Mr. Assange, speaking by video in an online news conference, offered a lifeline to the companies, saying the antisecrecy organization was prepared to share leaked computer code
that it has not yet published with Apple, Google and other technology companies to help them fix the flaws described in the leaked C. I.A.
documents that WikiLeaks made public this week — the first installment in a far larger collection, Mr. Assange said — showed
that the agency had found flaws in the most popular products of the internet age: iPhones, Android phones, software used in every office and even internet-connected televisions.
She said that the legal risk to companies using the leaked information to fix their products is minimal, but
that the government could make it easy by sharing more information about the vulnerabilities directly with the companies.
The companies reacted cautiously to the WikiLeaks offer, saying there could be legal
complications in accepting classified information stolen from the government.