(Thumbnail Image:  Flickr / espenmoe)

 

BY: STEVEN HEISH

 


Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks published a new classified document—this time, from the CIA.

The three-page document was created by the CIA’s Red Cell—a think-tank within the agency.  The memo asks what would happen if foreign countries began to view the U.S. as an “exporter of terrorism.”

But CIA officials are shrugging off the leak as insignificant.

We’re analyzing coverage from BBC, MSNBC, firedoglake, Fox News, and CNN.  

The document cites acts of terrorism by U.S. residents –- and examines what would happen if the U.S. were considered a terrorist base.

BBC has the word from CIA spokesman George Little, who says the agency prepares many documents of that nature.  

"These sorts of analytic products are designed simply to provoke thought and present different points of view … this is not a blockbuster report."

But a MSNBC correspondent says -- while the leaked document won’t affect foreign policy, it does point to a larger issue.

“This document is labeled ‘secret: no foreign.’  So it’s got to cause some concern because Wikileaks, once more, got a hold of a secret U.S. document.  The question is: just what’s going on here?  How did they get this?”

But a blogger for firedoglake sarcastically says the leak DOES offer some insight -- into the inner-workings of the CIA.

“... the CIA admits that the US is not all that different from other countries in exporting terrorism, and acknowledges that our hypocrisy on international law and reciprocity might lead to less cooperation on counterterrorism in the future. Where do I sign up to produce this kind of milquetoast analysis?”

A Fox News correspondent says the insignificance of the document shows Wikileaks is just trying to stay in the spotlight –- possibly to build anticipation for another release.

Emanuel: “We are still waiting for the possibility for those 15,000 Afghan war documents. (FLASH) They waited only 20 hours to release a 3-piece CIA memo, clearly trying to get maximum coverage, and if they’re watching Studio B they got it.”
Smith: “Well, got a little bit.”


Meanwhile, CNN’s Ali Velshi suggests Wikileaks is just showing off.

“It almost just looks like a thumb in the nose at this point, because if there’s nothing that dramatic in there, it just seems to be the ability for Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, to say, ‘we can still keep doing this.”

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says 15,000 more Afghan War documents are slated for release within a month.
 

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Wikileaks Publishes CIA Document

(Thumbnail Image:  Flickr / espenmoe)

 

BY: STEVEN HEISH

 


Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks published a new classified document—this time, from the CIA.

The three-page document was created by the CIA’s Red Cell—a think-tank within the agency.  The memo asks what would happen if foreign countries began to view the U.S. as an “exporter of terrorism.”

But CIA officials are shrugging off the leak as insignificant.

We’re analyzing coverage from BBC, MSNBC, firedoglake, Fox News, and CNN.  

The document cites acts of terrorism by U.S. residents –- and examines what would happen if the U.S. were considered a terrorist base.

BBC has the word from CIA spokesman George Little, who says the agency prepares many documents of that nature.  

"These sorts of analytic products are designed simply to provoke thought and present different points of view … this is not a blockbuster report."

But a MSNBC correspondent says -- while the leaked document won’t affect foreign policy, it does point to a larger issue.

“This document is labeled ‘secret: no foreign.’  So it’s got to cause some concern because Wikileaks, once more, got a hold of a secret U.S. document.  The question is: just what’s going on here?  How did they get this?”

But a blogger for firedoglake sarcastically says the leak DOES offer some insight -- into the inner-workings of the CIA.

“... the CIA admits that the US is not all that different from other countries in exporting terrorism, and acknowledges that our hypocrisy on international law and reciprocity might lead to less cooperation on counterterrorism in the future. Where do I sign up to produce this kind of milquetoast analysis?”

A Fox News correspondent says the insignificance of the document shows Wikileaks is just trying to stay in the spotlight –- possibly to build anticipation for another release.

Emanuel: “We are still waiting for the possibility for those 15,000 Afghan war documents. (FLASH) They waited only 20 hours to release a 3-piece CIA memo, clearly trying to get maximum coverage, and if they’re watching Studio B they got it.”
Smith: “Well, got a little bit.”


Meanwhile, CNN’s Ali Velshi suggests Wikileaks is just showing off.

“It almost just looks like a thumb in the nose at this point, because if there’s nothing that dramatic in there, it just seems to be the ability for Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, to say, ‘we can still keep doing this.”

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says 15,000 more Afghan War documents are slated for release within a month.
 

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