WTF on the Wikileaks Crackdown? The CIA Agrees

Many of us have questioned some of the response targeting Wikileaks and the dangers that they pose to journalists and free speech on the Internet. The CIA, it appears, agrees: naming its effort the “Wikileaks Task Force” or WTF.

Fortunately, with the re-naming of the Wisconsin Tourism Federation, the name is now available.

The agency will now have WTF staffers working overtime to deal with Assange and those who want to get this material to the public.

This reminds me of the old section in the Environmental Division of the Justice Department Leaking Underground Storage Tank office or LUST office. There was even a LUST fund controlled by Justice in 1986. The Reagan Administration so to it that it was called UST out of concerns that lawyers were introducing themselves as LUST specialists working for President Reagan.

Source: Guardian and Post

Jonathan Turley

27 thoughts on “WTF on the Wikileaks Crackdown? The CIA Agrees

  1. Name is appropriate….game is the same…..assimilate disinformation at any cost…..propaganda….not new….

  2. Wish I could be optimistic, but my first impulse is to go with AY on this…

    The line “In the C.I.A. nothing is what it seems” was popularized by the 2003 movie “The Recruit.” (Its corollary is, “In the CIA, no one is who they seem to be.”) So… who knows.

    There’s a Kids’ Page at Get ’em started early. We need more spies — even little ones.

  3. The people who thought of this name are from the “intelligence” department? It was worth an early morning laugh! The sad part is that this effort to discredit Wikileaks is an attempt to silence whistleblowers who have only embarrassed the government. I have not seen any evidence presented so far that indicates that any government officials were put at risk due to the Wikileaks disclosures. Why wasn’t this kind of full court press put on by the Obama Administration to uncover and prosecute the torture authorized and legitimized by the Bush regime, where real injuries and death were the result?

  4. The mission of the WTF (according to

    “The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables…

    The group will be charged with scouring the released documents to survey damage caused by the disclosures. One of the most embarrassing revelations was that the US state department had drawn up a list of information it would like on key UN figures – it later emerged the CIA had asked for the information.”

  5. Jill

    “This really is a “first they came for…” nation.”


    Indeed it is. Indeed it is.

  6. Anyone who doesn’t know about the CIA should instantly go out and get Killing Hope by William Blum and Whiteout by Alexander Cockburn and Jefferey St. Clair.

  7. FormerFederalNothing,

    Another book:

    Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion by Gary Webb

    Gary Webb’s story is a tragic one…

  8. Were I asked, and who would dare, “Indefinite Detention without access to trial or any other remedy” is a crime against humanity in the form of an atrocity of gravity for which I can imagine no possible words.

    Absolute power?

  9. “Indefinite Detention without access to trial or any other remedy”

    So much for the Constitutional Right to a Speedy Trial.

    When time is used as a weapon you can bet that someone is taking something that they do not deserve…from and at the expense of someone who is being punished for actually having it.

    This is an ugly source of HARM

  10. An Oslo-based newspaper reportedly has become the only medium in the world that’s secured unlimited access to more than 250,000 documents initially leaked to the non-profit organization WikiLeaks. Newspaper Aftenposten’s access seems to have spoiled WikiLeaks’ strategy to retain control over the vast array of classified material mostly originating from US embassies around the globe.

  11. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday that a US government effort to prosecute him should serve as a warning to journalists in the United States.

    Assange, in an interview with the MSNBC television network, said there has been a “quite deliberate attempt to split off our organization from the First Amendment protections that are afforded to all publishers.”

    The WikiLeaks founder said he considers himself a journalist and “we all have to stick together to resist this sort of reinterpretation of the First Amendment,” which guarantees the right to free speech.

    “We have seen these statements, that The New York Times is, you know, also being looked at in terms of whether they have engaged in what they call ‘conspiracy to commit espionage,'” he said.

  12. WTF? Are these the same guys who found WMD?

    If you really want to experience the CIA … be related to someone who works for them. You’ll be saying WTF! at least once a week.

  13. From today’s Wikileaks headlines:

    WikiLeaks Begins Posting Internal Emails of Private Intel Firm Stratfor

    The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has begun publishing what it says are 5.5 million emails obtained from the servers of Stratfor, a private U.S.-based intelligence gathering firm with about 300,000 subscribers. The emails were reportedly obtained by the hackers cooperate, Anonymous. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports some of the leaked emails suggest Israel may have sent commandos into Iran, perhaps with the assistance of Kurdish fighters or Iranian Jews, to carry out operations to destroy Iranian nuclear installations.

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