To the editor: The CIA ought to just pack up all its data and send them to WikiLeaks. It seems all the classified information is going to arrive there eventually. (“CIA’s apparent hacking techniques revealed in data breach,” March 7)
After nearly a century of classifying everything under the sun and then lying about it, average Americans are no longer accepting the default explanation of “looking out for the security interests of the country,” which on its face is absurd because there is no serious threat to the nation’s security.
We need a better way of dealing with sensitive information, where a bureaucrat can only classify information for a limited time — say, 90 days. After that period the classification should be reviewed by a panel, which can either extend the classification for another limited period or release it to the public. Eventually, the secrecy would be permanently revoked, leaving it up to Congress to pass a law classifying the information for good.
Patrick Sullivan, Reseda
To the editor: The CIA took advantage of bugs in software and devices to further its snooping. This was contrary to generally accepted practices of notifying the developers of the software and devices of the affected vulnerabilities.
This means that not only was the CIA hacking our computers, TVs and other systems; it was also allowing potential criminals to hack us.
David E. Ross, Oak Park