CIA Has Access To Aadhaar Database: WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks on Friday published reports claiming that the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is secretly extracting Aadhaar data through ExpressLane, a tool designed by their technology provider, Cross Match Technologies. Cross Match Technologies is a US-based company which specializes in biometric software and as per reports, is one of the first biometric devices certified by UIDAI for Aadhaar program. The documents uploaded by WikiLeaks claim that the Office of Technical Services branch within the CIA has a biometric collection system that is meant to liaison with services around the world.
The Office of Technical Services, a branch of the CIA, has a biometric collection system that is provided to liaison services around the world with the expectation for sharing of the biometric takes collected on the systems. But this ‘voluntary sharing’ obviously does not work or is considered insufficient by the CIA, because ExpressLane is a covert information collection tool that is used by the CIA to secretly exfiltrate data collections from such systems provided to liaison services,” WikiLeaks said on its website.
The report on WikiLeaks adds that “the core components of the OTS system are based on products from Cross Match, a US company specializing in biometric software for law enforcement and the Intelligence Community. The company hit the headlines in 2011 when it was reported that the US military used a Cross Match product to identify Osama bin Laden during the assassination operation in Pakistan,” says the report on Wikileaks.
“Have CIA spies already stolen #India’s national ID card database?,” WikiLeaks tweeted along with an article attached.