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Maduro warns Venezuelans about CIA viewing their 'belly, or other parts'

By Andrew V. Pestano
Maduro warns Venezuelans about CIA viewing their 'belly, or other parts'
Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro participate in a demonstration during the Day of Anti-Imperialism in Caracas, Venezuela, on Thursday. During the rally, Maduro warned citizens to be careful using their smart phones and other devices, saying former U.S. President Barack Obama was "spying on the whole world" with the CIA's help. File Photo by Cristian Hernandez/EPA

March 10 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has warned citizens to watch that the CIA does not view their "belly, or other parts" following the recent WikiLeaks data dump purported to describe all CIA hacking methods.

"They designed some mechanisms to record ... with cellphones anywhere in the world. They turn on the phone, you have it turned off and they turn on the microphone and they record you," Maduro said during a Day of Anti-Imperialism rally in Caracas on Thursday.

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WikiLeaks on Tuesday released what it described as thousands of documents that detail the CIA's methods of hacking into electronic devices. WikiLeaks said the CIA programs allow the intelligence agency to tap into phones -- Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft Windows -- and Samsung smart TVs.

Maduro, questioning the legality of the alleged CIA methods, said former U.S. President Barack Obama, with the help of the CIA, was "spying on the whole world" during Obama's "disaster" of an administration.

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Maduro also said there is a clamor for peace in Venezuela.

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"If you are looking [at the cellphone], here is a camera. You are recorded with the camera, whatever you are doing," Maduro told supporters. "Be careful how you use the phone when you are bathing so, for example, they do not see your belly or other parts."

Maduro created the Day of Anti-Imperialism rally in 2015 after Obama signed an executive order declaring a national emergency to protect human rights and democratic institutions in Venezuela and to protect the U.S. financial system from illicit capital flows from the country. The executive order also imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials.

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