The CIA and the U.S. government cannot perpetually remain silent about the WikiLeaks disclosures. It is indeed in their interest to clarify the affair. After all, they are supposed to be responsible for increasing security in the United States. Published information is causing a lot of confusion and and feeding conspiracy theories, according to which, for example, CIA agents are believed to have influenced the most recent U.S. election.

The data likewise suggest that the CIA could also have spied on U.S. citizens. That would be a violation of U.S. law. The CIA or even the U.S. government can only end this and other speculation by stating what is true and what is not. Otherwise distrust will grow and the social climate will be further poisoned.

References to such allegations should not alarm anyone. Perhaps the competition between intelligence agencies and firms like Apple over who finds or fixes a weak spot in a computer system faster might even lead to more security in smartphones and other devices. In fact, distrust between government authorities and firms is growing here, too. All of this makes an already overdue debate about the limits of intelligence agencies even more necessary.