spy agency joins Facebook, Twitter
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[June 07, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The
CIA, which has long trolled social media to try to
uncover global trends and track evil-doers, officially
joined Twitter and Facebook on Friday.
The spy agency cast the move as an effort to better get out its
message and engage directly with the public, but its first Twitter
message, sent out shortly before 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), did not
indicate there would be major revelations.
It said simply: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our
The lack of content did not dampen interest: in less than 90
minutes, the CIA account had nearly 84,000 followers, and that
number was climbing fast.
The Central Intelligence Agency has long had a public website, and
maintains official accounts on YouTube and Flickr, the photo-sharing
"By expanding to these platforms (Facebook and Twitter), CIA will be
able to more directly engage with the public and provide information
on CIA’s mission, history, and other developments," CIA Director
John Brennan said in a statement.
Among the items to be posted are artifacts from the CIA's
(non-public) museum, and updates to its "World Factbook," a
compendium of world leaders, maps and similar information.
Critics say the Obama administration is more secretive than its
predecessors. It has cracked down on once-normal interactions
between reporters and intelligence officials.
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In recent directives, Director of National Intelligence James
Clapper has banned intelligence officials from speaking to reporters
without permission, even about unclassified information, and also
from citing news articles based on unauthorized disclosures.
The CIA's Facebook page is
www.facebook.com/central.intelligence.agency. Its Twitter "handle"
(Reporting by Warren Strobel. Editing by David Storey and Lisa
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