WikiLeaks hacked an iPhone app last year, and said in an email to an acquaintance that the hack was meant to alert hackers that there were “potential threats” in the app.
“The email stated the hackers had found some security vulnerabilities that could be exploited,” WikiLeaks said in a statement to Mashable.
The hacker claimed responsibility for the attack, but WikiLeaks has not said who else was behind it.
It was not immediately clear whether the hacker was responsible for the leak.
The hack was also released to a number of news outlets, including The Intercept, Motherboard, and Quartz, and it prompted Twitter to say that it was investigating the breach.
WikiLeaks said it was releasing the emails to the public to prevent a repeat of last year’s hack.
WikiLeaks has a history of releasing hacktivist-style documents.
WikiLeaks was founded by Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012.
The group publishes hacked documents and other documents to protest government surveillance.
In a statement, WikiLeaks said the hack showed “that even the most well-intentioned people can get caught up in the system.”
“It’s a lesson to all of us who want to make a difference, that we have to stand up and demand accountability from all those who take part in the current system,” WikiLeaks’ statement said.