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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  1. chef

    AYRTS? IA?

    December 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tr4nqued

    Couple of interesting cables recently. Google following phrases:

    "India tortures"

    "UK trains death squads in bangladesh"

    Eye on the ball, folks. Eye on the ball. Remember, CNN's reporting is there to distract you.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Enoch100


    December 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sarah Palinski


    December 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    vista bongo beaver cruiser

    December 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Suz

    Oh wow. Thanks for the laughs, everyone! Learned some new acronyms, too.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CIA Headquarters, Domesti Div

    12958 E. Adam Airport Circle ..Englewood (Denver) Colorado 80112 .(720) 987-7732

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

    They could have called it the WLTF and avoided being the laughing stock of the government. But noooooooo. Somebody with a sense of humor tried to make a joke. And succeeded!

    December 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    At first I was all \=|
    But then I XD

    December 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. shredder

    Leaks dont kill people, Secrets Do

    December 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CIA Headquarters, Domesti c Div.

    12958 E. Adam Airport Circle .Englewood (Denver) Colorado 80122 .720-987-7732 beta spool tape max

    December 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • We're On to You

      Looks like someone will be having a gas leak in their house tonight. Sleep tight.

      December 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dike

    or the US takes down Ass ange. and control the media to blame it on Saddam.. oh wait blame it on Korea that will be the next JFK. I am split like the congress for and against Assange.....

    December 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dike

    BTW what is the color code for threat level now? purple?

    December 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GoRemote

    My respect for the C.I.A. has just gone through the roof.......Thanks guys.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robbie

    Why the face

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