On Tuesday, it was announced by WikiLeaks that they have obtained almost 9,000 documents and files they have code-named “Vault 7.” Part of what they call the “Year Zero” Series, they go on to state that, “it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”

Posted March 7th, the Wikileaks press release stated, “[r]ecently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized ‘zero day’ exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA.”

The unnamed source behind this new “collection” mentioned that the policy questions that this presents “urgently need[s] to be debated in public,” specifically, “whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency.” This source went further to state that they wish to ignite a public debate on the “security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.”

WikiLeaks goes on to say that they have redacted the identifying information which includes “ten[s] of thousands of CIA targets and attack machines throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States.” They went on to explain that this release, the first part of “Vault 7” has surpassed the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks.