A manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the CIA, CBS’s Jeff Pegues reports.

By Jeff Pegues CBS News April 19, 2017, 6:43 PM

CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks.

Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 7:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency.

The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken or how it was stolen.

Much of the material was classified and stored in a highly secure section of the intelligence agency, but sources say hundreds of people would have had access to the material. Investigators are going through those names.

The trove was published in March by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks.

In his first public comments as director of the CIA just last week, Mike Pompeo railed against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.

“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” he said. Read more: CBSNEWS

Manhunt underway for ‘traitor’ inside the CIA who stole thousands of secret documents: report

source: rawstory.com

The theft is related to thousands of documents published in March by the transparency site WikiLeaks.

This is a developing story. We will update as more information become available.

Jeffrey Pegues (born in 1974 in Washington D.C.) is an American News Correspondent. Jeff is a CBS News Correspondent based in Washington D.C. where he reports for all CBS News Platforms. Four months into his tenure he was named CBS News Transportation Correspondent. Then in late 2014 he was promoted to CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent. It is one of the most challenging and high-profile beats in news. Prior to joining CBS News Pegues was a reporter for WABC-TV in New York City from 2003 to 2013. On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Pegues was named a Correspondent for CBS News. His appointment took effect on July 8.[1]

At WABC-TV, Pegues reported on major news and exclusive storylines. Pegues could also be seen filling in on several newscasts.

Pegues is mostly known for his reporting. He received numerous Emmy Awards during a nearly ten-year run at WABC-TV and other nominations over a twenty-year career. He is credited with bringing the story of David Goldman and his international fight for his son into the headlines. Jeff has also been recognized for his outstanding reporting at the height of Superstorm Sandy. As the storm crashed into New York City he reported on the rising flood water and spreading fires in Queens. But Jeff has also covered multiple political conventions both the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention in 2004. There was also his report on Hurricane Rita from Texas in 2005.

Prior to WABC-TV, Pegues was a reporter for WBAL-TV In Baltimore, Maryland. He also earned Emmy Award nominations for that tenure. Before that, Jeff worked as an evening anchor at WSVN-TV, the Fox Affiliate in Miami, Florida.

Currently, Pegues lives in Maryland. He is also a graduate of and former football player at Miami University. At Miami he was a starting wide receiver as well as a back up to Canadian Football League legend Milt Stegall. At Miami, widely known as “The Cradle of Coaches”, Jeff played for coaches Randy Walker and Terry Hoeppner. Wikipedia