CIA launches WikiLeaks task force, a.k.a. WTF


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The CIA has launched a WikiLeaks Task Force, better known by the agency as the acronym: WTF.

According to a report by the Washington Post, the agency has launched the task force to appraise the impact of thousands of sensitive diplomatic documents and military files hitting the web thanks to WikiLeaks.


Among the task force’s responsibilities is “whether the agency’s ability to recruit informants could be damaged by declining confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to keep secrets,” the report said.

CIA spokesman George Little told the paper that the panel is being led by the CIA’s Counterintelligence Center. It is made up of more than two dozen members from departments across the agency.

‘It’s just a huge vulnerability,’ an unnamed former high-ranking CIA officer told the Post. ‘Nobody could carry out enough paper to do what WikiLeaks has done.’


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Images, from top: In a photo illustration, a WikiLeaks graphic is displayed on a laptop. Credit: Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside Beccles police station in Suffolk, England, on Dec. 19, 2010. Credit: Paul Hackett / Reuters