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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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. America

    Hi.

    I have A.D.D.

    ...and most of my citizens are on MEDS

    December 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Armageddon

    START

    December 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ALPHA-OMEGA

    YHWH

    December 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AceRyder

    WGAS, WGAF.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the_dude

    The cia should just have the guy killed already

    December 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santa

      gee, thanks for the holiday season cheer...

      December 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    Its funny to see how much everyone hates Wikileaks. Most Americans complained that they didnt know what the Governement was really doing. Somebody decided that they would rather know, and everyone freaks out...I dont get it.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. txkboy

    I still really find it hard to believe that PFC Manning, a junior enlisted man, had access to so much information. Hard to believe, even further, that no NCO's or Officers above him had a clue. Truly one of those C'MON MAN!! moments.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Major Captain John Smith

    GS-government study
    just like your job.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. andy

    OMG! send in the stealth-ROLFCOPTERS!

    December 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ELH

    The CIA is TANGO UNIFORM

    December 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jujubeans

    LSMFT Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco, or Let's S____ My Finger's Tired.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Uncle LArry

    W.T.F. = Why The Face

    December 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    Where are the CIA's headquarters?

    December 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chef

    WAYSA?

    December 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JasonB

    U.Y.A.W.A.B.F.D.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
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