Former CIA director Michael Hayden blamed cultural differences between his generation and millennials for a growing number of high-profile intelligence leaks following WikiLeaks’ “Vault 7” release Tuesday.
Part one of the leak, dubbed “Year Zero,” includes 8,761 files said to originate from within the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence.
“In order to do this kind of stuff we have to recruit from a certain demographic,” Hayden told the BBC. “I don’t mean to judge them at all, but this group of millennials and related groups simply have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy and transparency than certainly my generation did.”
Hayden, making specific mention of other prominent leakers including Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, continued by arguing that millennials have “different instincts.”