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Lawmakers concerned CIA leaks could impact national security

The launch of a full investigation into the leak of a secret C.I.A program is bringing more assurance those documents released on Wikileaks are indeed authentic.

While the White House isn’t saying much, concerns about potential harm are becoming more clear.

"This alleged leak should concern every single American in terms of its impact on national security," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at Wednesday’s Press Briefing.

On Capitol Hill, fear about the consequences of the breach getting into the wrong hands - now crossing party lines.

“For anybody who’s been under the illusion that Wikileaks is some kind of public service operation, this is a propaganda arm of the Russian government - that’s what they’re doing,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D - Virginia).

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“This is a devastating blow and we should have learned from the last leaked where an employee leaked reams of classified information,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona),

referring to Edward Snowden’s revelations the National Security Agency was spying on American citizens. Now McCain is called for action.

“Clearly we don’t want stove piping which means we don’t share information but this has to be examined and procedures are going to have to be reviewed,” he said.

In a news conference from London Thursday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange vowed to work with impacted companies to help them better secure devices for their customers, but also made clear the information released this week is just the beginning.

“Wikileaks has a lot more information on what has been going on with the cyber weapons program,” Assange said.

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