CIA responds to WikiLeaks: WTF
December 22nd, 2010
01:52 PM ET

CIA responds to WikiLeaks: WTF

It's no secret that WikiLeaks' cable document dumps have caused ripples of concerns and speculation about how well the United States can keep secrets - its own and those of other countries.

It's been embarrassing to both U.S. diplomats and foreign leaders mentioned in the cables, but there haven't been any bombshells from the small percentage of documents released so far. The CIA, known for its ability to keep secrets, is taking no chances of being pulled further into the fray. The CIA has only been mentioned a few times in the cables, and has not been hit nearly as hard as other agencies and diplomats, but it does not appear willing to wait on the sidelines.

And it has an answer for WikiLeaks: WTF. Seriously.

In a move that couldn't be more ironic, and made for headlines such as the above, the CIA adopted a task force. And like all things involving the military, or secrecy, acronyms are huge. So when the CIA developed the WikiLeaks Task Force, naturally, it was likely thinking of the KISS method - Keep It Simple Stupid.

But in doing so, the CIA has proved it either has a really good sense of humor or was trying to send a snarky message, or perhaps someone at the agency just didn't think hard enough about the name choice.

"Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force," The Washington Post reports. "But at CIA headquarters, it's mainly known by its all-too-apt acronym: W.T.F."

OK, all jokes and obvious humor aside, the CIA is trying to do something real here - and that's to try and protect its reputation for secrecy.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top aides had to start a new game plan - going to meet with foreign ministers, explaining, apologizing, cajoling and trying - to salvage relationships that she and the Obama administration had worked hard to establish. The State Department went into "war room" mode, pulling together an emergency round-the-clock team to handle the fallout.

So no doubt, the CIA is looking to make sure it won't be in the same situation.

"The director asked the task force to examine whether the latest release of WikiLeaks documents might affect the agency's foreign relationships or operations," CIA spokesman George Little told The Washington Post.

That's a high priority, officials told the paper. Because having any compromised informants really could lead to a real WTF situation - and not one the CIA or any government department would want on its hands.

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    December 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

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      December 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      go Wikileaks!!!!!!!!!!!! bout time people expose the lying government we sadly have now

      December 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Nickerson

      Sounds like a Charlie Foxtrot!!

      December 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naji

      This is a problem. I understand some things done in secret are foul, but some things done are neccessary and if you just put that out there for the world to see you can endanger peoples lives and cause wars. I thing Wiki Leaks needs to take a more responsible approach on what they release. They have no way of knowing if what they release is part of a larger issue and if people die, I hope the lawsuits that result are just as punitive as the Tobacco lawsuits. With that said, there is a level of transparency that the government does need to get better at. But to think a company is so powerful that it can release government secrets to other governments and get away with it is ridicuous. Like what if the Mafia did that? What's to stop Wikileaks from selling this info or blackmailing people or entire governments? Totally not cool.

      December 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachell

      Ok Naji, would you care to explain which piece of information leaked has hurt ANYONE? They have released only app. 2000 of the 250K cabals that they have. How are they not being responsible? Can you point to even ONE incident in which someone was hurt/killed, etc as a direct result of wikileaks activity? If not, then perhaps you should stop spreading blatant falsehoods about this organization. Keep in mind that these cabals were posted after they were leaked to other newspapers who THEN reported on this info. By your standard, any type investigative journalism should be punished, preferably in a court of law. How about you direct your anger where it belongs; to the government that lied to you and conducted illegal activities?

      December 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Gaffney

      Finally...@Rachell, you seem to be the only person in this sea misplaced youtube comments who knows what they are talking about.

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