A large batch of emails belonging to a senior US State Department intelligence official involved in Russian affairs has been leaked by hackers, according to Foreign Policy (FP) reports.
The State Department official is said to have been particularly interested in finding information on Russian media and Russia’s internal government shifting.
The hacker, known as "Johnnie Walker," leaked a large batch of private correspondence of emails from a hacked alleged non-governmental account over a span of two years to “an unknown number of recipients” according to the first reporting outlet FP.
At this time, there is no specific information on who exactly was among the recipients of the hacked emails, although they're now available all across the web.
In a letter which was meant to announce the alleged hacking, Johnnie Walker stated that the new leak would provide evidence for establishing what was called “agenda formation in many countries worldwide, especially where the situation is insecure.”
Johnnie Walker also ascertained that the US State Department official was in contact with various intelligence agencies, including the CIA, as well as “mainstream media, NGOs, and international funds.”
Supposedly the alleged hacking victim holds “a senior position in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research” and his name is public. Most media outlets are refusing to name him, citing a specific request from the State Department, which has so far refused to either confirm or deny the hack.
The hacker then posted the alleged email correspondence online on Pastebin. Its authenticity remains unclear, but the links are readily available for anyone who wishes to view the files.
The description of the three archives available for download also adds the name of the alleged agent.
Johnny Walker posted the following database via archive files onto PasteBin alongside the quoted message below:
“Perhaps you know that the U.S. State Department has a direct bearing on the agenda formation not only at home but throughout the world. “
“Now you can make sure it's true. Let me show you the correspondence between the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Robert P. Otto and his colleagues, CIA officers and other intelligence agencies, as well as representatives of mainstream media, NGOs, international funds and think tanks.”
With the respect for privacy I've deleted his correspondence with his wife and relatives. The rest of emails will give evidence of who is responsible for different information campaigns, the so-called mythmaking and essentially engaged in the promotion of ‘American values’ throughout the world.”