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. Rambo

    Great, now we W.T.F. is behind the Wikileaks DDOS
    Without a question mark

    December 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 7lebo

    I love chocolate!

    December 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big_D

    We have a broke government that is trying to further cut costs. Don't expect security for free. High incomes must pay taxes for our system to work but since they don't think about the fact that some of those corporations are based out of China, Iran, etc... they don't make them pay taxes and wonder why we are falling down.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. maria nolan

    Relieved St Dept, whoever is finally exposing Old Hillary for the fraudulent fungus~face she is. Saw that Peter Paul video, yep. Thank goodness Bill went vegan!

    December 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jennifer Lowe

    Wow, what a truly thought provoking and rational response by the CIA. Makes me feel warm and cozy....not.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big_D

    Our politicians are taking corporate money hand over fist from foreign counties and then they cut government spending and brag about it. And we wonder why we have a cut rate CIA?

    December 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    Why don't we just have Wikileaks replace the entire government? Buncha morons...

    December 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ChimChim

    I guess they really don't want any more information about Red Cell getting out.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. henry

    let Putin handle this.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jh

    cmon folks lets roll here - this is fun....

    ASSange Secret Surveillance

    cool double-entendre stupid acronym

    December 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin

    If the government goes after WikiLeaks, they will take the Bank of America hard drive and we will never hear about it again. Business as usual.. Just watch. If it is leaked on WL, we will all be furious. We don't want the government deciding what's important for us to know.

    December 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • SethroTull

      On the contrary, why would anybody be ok with secrets being kept about where our tax money is going? I pay taxes, I want to know absolutely everything that it is being used for. If anything happens on a government level, especially mistakes, there should be no cover up, and immediate accountability.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      @AIB i agree their are secrets that should be kept, however, if you wanted to commit a crime would you talk about it in phone calls? would you email the specifics? would you send a cable? doubtful most people would, why? because they are insecure, in this day and age our government should know better and be able to have secure conversations not on public air waves

      December 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • duude

      I think you guys are misinformed. All of you. Has anyone read the damn thing before making comments? It's a joke. the whole thing that is posted. You think the govments don't know this stuff already? this is not really that big of a secret. Get over and stop being distracted sheep. You don't know what is real what is propaganda. Everyone here acts like they are a gov expert. Your all sheep.

      December 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lumbarjack

      Privacy does not extend to criminal conduct. The court may order anyome to be searched if the behavior is criminal. The same pattern should hold for governments. There can be no secrecy for criminals acting in the name of "national defense". Besides, let me remind that Dick Cheney outed Valery Palme because she did not fit the WMD script he was advocating against a certain saddam. If the VPOTUS can publicly expose his own CIA operatives and be imune from criminal penalties, what is wrong about Wikileaks?

      December 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fed

      @pino123 I'm afraid that you might be ALL three! LOL

      December 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEM

      Perhaps if we had WikiLeaks back at the end of the Vietnam war, our government would not have left 600+ prisoners in the hands of the enemy in the name of political expedience.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmanual Goldstein

      AIB- Do you not understand the difference between Government and Private Citizens? Our Government was created to be one of the people. Our country was FOUNDED on the principal that it be transparent and every facet should be accessible to all of the people. Our forefathers knew that secrecy in the name of security is the oldest trick in the book for tyrants and despots. If you don't get that there is, and should be, a difference between how citizens and governments are treated, you need a civics lesson.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeorgeFBush

      AIB, you are wrong. There are NO communications between public officials and public corporate officials that should be allowed to remain secret if they do harm to others. Your analogy with everybody's email and the curtains on people's homes totally misses the point that what WikiLeaks is for is to expose wrongdoing or even questionable judgement by those trying to keep things secret when the issue is one that affects many others. This isn't about disclosing what you talk about with your family or what you and your wife do in your own home, it's about what countries your elected officials invade and why and what backroom deals are made between the FDA and Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland corporation. Wikileaks is as important as freedom of the press, and it WILL exist in one form or another whether you like it or not.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SSG51

      "We don't want the government deciding what's important for us to know."

      No, it's far better that we let some insane Australian make those decisions, not just on what we know, but what our enemies know. Get real and get serious.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • HNL

      This Stupid idea-that there Should be no secret in Government is so dumb I want-to throw up. why don't all wikkileak Supporter Start posting their person info like their SSN on the web for all to see. ln fact-Send your lnfo to Assanqe and see what happens, dump dockeys!

      December 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • diagda

      LoL The counter -intelligence team still to this day have never clearly explained how a treasure trove of files sitting on former Ms. Albrights desk the then former secretary of state simply walked right out of a double secured area and hijacked out of the state dept. Let me clue people in private security teams were very present at that time and still are so I suspect the leakers are disgruntled sub-contracted merc employees or the "firm" had all these intell cables and leaked it to the wiki people as a "pay-back" for losing certain contracts or not being paid on time (I suspect all of the above) I do NOT think even the military as ever looked at this why would they? they do not operate in a reality of "out of the box" thinking they are trained to be only in the zone of situational awareness I'm trained in BOTH areas.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmanual Goldstein

      @HNL: The only stupid thing is the people who can't tell the difference between a government 'of the people' and an individual. If you want a REAL analogy it is this: A guy poses as another person, using their social security number, name, address and credit info (lying through their teeth), then coming out and alerting everyone who the person really is. Get it? Because the government is lying and now getting called on it. It is so sad that people like you don't find any need for government accountability.

      December 23, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • slans31

      Some secrets should be kept. These "leaks" start with Gov secrets that are hurting our nation (and others, but really don't care about that). We have enough issues bringing our nation down and they are within. We will be our own demise and still complaining, looking for handouts all the way down. Guess what, when we do fall ALL programs that help those that won't help themselves will be GONE. Also, you want to know everything? By allowing this you are taking away your freedom of privacy. Soon you will have NO PRIVACY WHAT SO EVER. All will be monitored by this new Gov we are creating. See the ball rolling down the hill? It's the "I don't F with you, if you don't F with me". Too much freedom can be a bad thing. Worry about what's going on in your life. We live in a world feeding off of drama and being nosey and it is about to bite us back in a big way. Remember that when ALL OF YOUR FREEDOM IS GONE.

      December 23, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim H.

      Let me guess, To all that are for wikileaks: you're liberal democrats. To all that are against wikileaks your conservative republicans. Let me make another guess, if you're a liberal democrat you care about the well being of the people and of the planet. If you your a conservative republican you care about ratios and dividends. Well I would like to let you know that the Republican party was joined and substantiated by Abraham Lincoln. The republican party and Abraham Lincoln had the view that if a man worked all day, he should be paid for it no matter what color skin he is. That is a fact. Another fact is I'm a Republican and I'm also an environmentalist. How can that be? My grandfather must hate me. Well he doesn't hate me but he does disagree with me on many things. The point I want to make is, the information that is posted on Wikileaks never belonged to the individuals that gave it to wikileaks. It is proprietary to the U.S. government. How can he post information that was stolen in the first place? I'm not allowed to take stolen blu-ray players and deposit them at a neutral site for all to have and post it on the internet, "free blu-rays". Also if you give secrets about the govenment directly to the enemy, is that not punishable by death? The young intel soldier that gave this information should be put to death. Anyone that purposely distributes harmful government secrets should be put to death. Plain and simple. Assange and Wikileaks are really secondary problems.

      December 23, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • the bell

      I am not married!!!!!!!in a mason way. i started to notice that poeple in this country can read the minds of other poeple.for a couple of years i have noticed that some people sometimes say whats in my head before i even reply in a conversation. Is this public or private knowledge. another thing is the planet earth, is has art written all over it if you hold it upside down.... and im dazed can confused... im not a mason, again im not a mason, but i figured it out.. theres 3 aliens who are the real creators of earth, because earth clearly sculpted by them. and DO THEY ONLY GIVE MENTAL TELEPATHY(MIND READING ONLY TO PEOPLE WHO FIGURE IT OUT OR WHAT???????????????????IT EXISTS..1 out of every 150 people have it.where can i meet these beings.... Marry christmas!!!

      December 25, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • thecrow

      "they will take the Bank of America hard drive and we will never hear about it again"

      It wouldn't be the first time:

      December 28, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Seriously this was stupid of WikiLinks to post classified information and even more so for the soldier who provided it. Granted the soldier should not of had access to the cables and someones head on a platter for that screw up!

      Not only is sensitive information leaked but this will pave the way for the government to get even more involved in policing the internet which we all want. right? So instead of praising them you should tear them down help them get convicted so this can all be over with.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bryant it!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sf13

      I love it!! This "WikiCharacter" will tell you he is doing this under the guise of exposing the "truth". If so, then why does he keep walking out on interviews about HIS personal life? Step up "Wiki" and be a man !

      December 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      I'm confused. Did wikileaks leak personnel info? I thought it was only about corporations and government. I know he has shared everything about his corporations. I guess he has manned up.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Le Roi

      Libs thinks about everyone, neocons think about themselves, their religion, their country mostly. That's the difference. That's why the conservative states "South" (where you find most of the biggots and racists) are now Republican. When Lincoln was Replublican, the South was Democrat. They flip parties. Get it? The party of Lincoln is now Democrat.

      December 29, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. darknessangel

    I like more "T"he "W"ar "A"gainst "T"error... =3

    December 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      HAHA aint that the truth!

      December 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SeeDickRun

    This is nothing new. The Army tried this a while ago and called it AARP – Army Acronym Reduction Program

    December 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peacefrog

      My be nothing new but it's still pretty funny.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    it's all fun and games till they release YOUR secrets 😉

    A lot of people are cheering for WL now, but imagine the public's reaction if they released a list of everyone who cheated on their taxes to the IRS... or sent a list of every website you've visited to your boss. I'm sure there's a few in there you don't want him/her to see ...

    All fun and games...

    December 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlB

      Nicely stated!

      December 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Couldn't agree more.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachell

      Not sure why Wikileaks would be interested in my personal secrets. If I was breaking the law, you're right, I might not care for it so much. But then again, I take the risk of being discovered when I break the law. If governments don't want their nasty secrets exposed, perhaps they should operate once more within the law. I can't get over the authoratarian mindset that has completely sweeped the nation. Our government has blatantly lied again and again and when this is pointed out to us, we don't get angry at our government, we get angry at the people who expose their lies. I think this is very scary thing.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      I guess what you are saying is... so many americans are criminals these days... we certainly don't want that to get out. No, you're wrong on this. They are not interested in revealing the petty misdeeds of everyday americans. For you to assume that means that you also assign to yourself a level of importance that you probably don't have. Although you already know this, they are exposing the rank hypocrisy practiced between the 'reasonable' and 'upstanding' diplomats that represent us here in the US. They seem to have a 'sk*nk' factor going for them. In the long run politicians and everyday people will benefit from the new level of honesty that it brings to the diplomatic corps. Who knows? They may actually start to get something done for us instead of our corporate masters, which is what all of the gridlock is about. I'm wrong? Give it some time. You'll see.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • schuyler

      They should put you in the paper if you cheat on your taxes. They put your name in the paper when you dont pay property taxes. Citizens, especially honest ones, deserve to know who is gumming up the works for everyone else.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      I can't believe people like Rachell, John et. al. are allowed to vote...there really should be an IQ minimum required. This whole idea that nothing should be kept secret is naive to say the least; and Assange is simply an egotistical anarchist who apparently didn't get enough attention as a child. In case you missed it, anarchy only works in the movies – screwing over all authority (or at least those you don't like) simply doesn't work. Assange is squeezing out much more than his 15 minutes of fame, and naive fools like you are helping him.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unga Khan

      Exposing the workings of a government that has started wars across the globe in the past decades and helped plunge the world into a massive fiscal crisis isn't a prelude to anarchy, it's insight into how these problems are enabled and worsened.

      December 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoDoubt


      December 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN=Fox

      Websites that report information about law breakers. Yeah, I've seen those before.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • rowjimmy78

      Yes it is all fun and games. The secrets that we should all know are the ones that took human lives for nothing more than the pursuit of power and control for the PTB. Millions of human beings used as pawns in the New World Order game. This is the stuff that starts revolutions and THAT is why they are scared. Because if this stuff was made public to everyone you sure as hell should expect revolution. This is just the beginning of our evolution and it will get worse before it gets better. Think new paradigm of transparency, think 2012. Think NWO going down.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
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