Ex-CIA chief blames millennials for WikiLeaks revelations

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Ex-CIA Chief Hayden Blames ‘Millennial’ Culture For Intel Leaks. Source: Internet

A former chief of CIA said millennials and related groups have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy and transparency than certainly my generation did.

Michael Hayden, a former chief of CIA, claimed the US federal government may be suffering due to cultural differences between old spymasters and fresh-faced “millennials”.

He was speaking about WikiLeaks’ recent release of alleged CIA documents on March 7 in an interview with BBC. He was responding to a question about the source of the leak. Michael Hayden has served as both the head of the CIA and NSA.

WikiLeaks has published more than 8,000 documents apparently from an expert CIA cyber unit, detailing computer network exploitation and malware-based hacking tools. In an analysis, WikiLeaks indicated a rogue insider was the source.

“In order to do this kind of stuff [intelligence work] we have to recruit from a certain demographic,” said Michael Hayden.

Michael Hayden said:

“I don’t mean to judge them at all, but this group of millennials and related groups simply have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy and transparency than certainly my generation did.”

He said:

“Culturally they have different instincts than the people who made the decision to hire them. We may be running into this different cultural approach that we saw with Chelsea Manning, with Edward Snowden and now, perhaps, with a third actor.”

According to Hayden, the publication has the potential to make the US and its allies “less safe”.

He said:

“If what I have read is true then this seems to be an incredibly damaging leak in terms of the tactics, techniques, procedures and tools that were used by the CIA to conduct legitimate foreign intelligence.”

After spotting the YouTube video of the clip, WikiLeaks publicly accused the former intelligence chief of “blaming millennials” for the leaky agency.

 

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