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Can American Intelligence Agency CIA Access Aadhaar Database? Wikileaks Says So

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Well-known news leaker organisation WikiLeaks on Friday published "secret documents from the ExpressLane project of the CIA" claiming that the American intelligence agency (CIA) has already gained access to the Indian biometric identity card 'Aadhaar'.

While the government has dismissed the claims, according to WikiLeaks, the CIA is using specific tools to secretly collect Aadhaar data.

WikiLeaks tweeted, "Have CIA spies already stolen India's national ID card database?"

The tweet was followed by another one saying, "See also 'Aadhaar' in the hand of spies."

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According to Wikileaks, the documents say, " CIA used ExpressLane – a tool devised by Cross Match Technologies – to cyber spy. “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."

A US company, Cross Match Technologies was the first to supply biometric devices certified by UIDAI for Aadhaar program.

In another report, Wikileaks claims, "UIDAI, as far as is known, did not do a background check on these companies or their business, professional and personal associations.”

“CIA agents can access Aadhaar database in real-time,” it added.

Cross Match Technologies has also been in talks before when reports of US military using Cross match products to identify Osama Bin Laden during his assassination operation in Pakistan hit the news.