WikiLeaks released thousands of files on Tuesday that it says are CIA documents related to it’s cyber-espionage tools and programs, including instruction manuals, support documents as well as efforts to exploit vulnerabilities in smartphones and turn smart TVs into listening devices, reports Camila Domonoske.

WikiLeaks has dubbed Tuesday’s release “Year Zero,” saying it is the first of a series of CIA-related leaks that the site is collectively calling “Vault 7,” says Domonoske.

WikiLeaks contends that the CIA has “lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal,” giving non-governmental hackers “the entire hacking capacity of the CIA,” Domonoske writes.

According to WikiLeaks, one former government hacker gave them a portion of relevant code but the “Year Zero” dump does not include the code itself—and will not until “a consensus emerges” on how to disarm such cyberweapons.

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