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CIA bloggers? It seems like a contradiction in terms, but...
Here is the top of the WP story -- which doesn't have a great headline:

Probing Galaxies of Data for Nuggets [WP, 11.24.2005]

FBIS Is Overhauled and Rolled Out to Mine the Web's Open-Source Information Lode

The CIA now has its own bloggers.

In a bow to the rise of Internet-era secrets hidden in plain view, the agency has started hosting Web logs with the latest information on topics including North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's public visit to a military installation (his 38th this year) and the Burmese media's silence on a ministry reshuffling. It even has a blog on blogs, dedicated to cracking the code of what useful information can be gleaned from the rapidly expanding milieu of online journals and weird electronic memorabilia warehoused on the Net.

The blogs are posted on an unclassified, government-wide Web site, part of a rechristened CIA office for monitoring, translating and analyzing publicly available information called the DNI Open Source Center. The center, which officially debuted this month under the aegis of the new director for national intelligence, marks the latest wave of reorganization to come out of the recommendations of several commissions that analyzed the failures of intelligence collection related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Unfortunately, when I visited CIA.gov looking for these "blogs," I was unable to find them. I found this press release about the opening of the Open Source Center... and the following post about the virus making its way around that purports to be from either the FBI or CIA:

Some members of the public have in the past few days received a bogus e-mail falsely attributed to CIA's Office of Public Affairs. CIA did not send that message. In fact, it does not send unsolicited e-mail to the general public, period. If you have gotten such a message, we strongly encourage you not to open the attachment, which contains a destructive virus.


So if somebody finds the blogs, I'd love to check them out.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Nov 27, 2005 at 12:15 PM


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