CIA's WTF to assess WikiLeaks damage

2010-12-23 08:03

Washington - A CIA task force - known by the suitable acronym WTF - is to assess damage done by WikiLeaks' mass release of classified US documents, an official said on Wednesday.

The WikiLeaks Task Force will "examine whether the latest release of WikiLeaks documents might affect the agency's foreign relationships or operations", CIA spokesperson George Little said.

Few of the thousands of confidential documents leaked by WikiLeaks were from the CIA, but many were secret communications by high ranking diplomats discussing sensitive questions of world and US affairs.

The task force, headed by the CIA's Counterintelligence Centre, is to make an inventory of the leaked cables and will report on the impact of the leaks, particularly regarding the ability to recruit of informants, a source who asked not to be named said.

Some of the leaked documents originated on the protected SIPRNET, or Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, which is used to share classified information between different government branches.

The embarrassing saga could lead to a tightening of the rules for sharing, the source said. "The recent WikiLeaks episode points to the serious need for our government to look closely at whether it might be time for need-to-know to make a comeback."

Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of stealing the information and passing it to WikiLeaks, had access to SIPRNET as an army intelligence analyst.

  • brianR - 2010-12-23 08:30

    I can imagine that the acronym will be WTF?!

      Michael - 2010-12-23 09:04

      Oh! What the acronym (WTF)?

  • Corry - 2010-12-23 08:39

    CIA's WTF!!! Hahahahahaha. CAn imagine the CIA hobnobs "What the Fk, this wikileaks is causing untold shit. Wait lets start a task force and call them the WTF" ROFLMFAO

      ArtGee - 2010-12-23 09:47

      HAHAHAHAHA!!!! To true!!! Classic!

  • 180rsi - 2010-12-23 11:11

    OMG whats wrong with the US, poking in other countries business is what got them into this in the first place. And now the going to poke around some more to assess damages. WTF is very appropriate, what a bunch of tools

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