Anti-secrecy campaign group WikiLeaks on Wednesday published an initial tranche of documents it said were from the personal email account of CIA Director John Brennan.
The leak is hugely embarrassing for America’s spy chief and WikiLeaks said more files would be released “in the coming days.”
The six files did not include any top-secret documents but WikiLeaks said Brennan had “used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects.”
Perhaps the most revealing document is a draft version of Brennan’s background check questionnaire from a security clearance application he apparently made in 2008.
It lists several of his friends and associates, as well as a detailed work history and a slew of other personal and family details.
One of the names listed—along with a phone number—is George Tenet, who directed the CIA from 1996 to 2004. A woman who answered the phone at the number given said Tenet was not speaking to the press.
The release also includes a 2008 letter from Christopher “Kit” Bond, then vice chairman of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, calling for a ban of certain “harsh interrogation techniques.”
Additionally, a fax from 2008 details a legal spat between the CIA and a firm called “The Analysis Corporation.”
There is also a 2007 draft memo Brennan wrote about Iran, and another draft paper dated July that year in which he outlines challenges facing the US intelligence community.