Internet blows CIA agents’ cover

By | March 14, 2006

Internet blows CIA agents cover

The Chicago Tribune says it has compiled a list of 2,653 CIA employees, just by searching the internet. The newspaper said it gathered the information from online services that compile public data, that any fee-paying subscriber can access. It did not publish the names, at the CIA’s request. Many of the agents are believed to be covert. The paper also located two dozen “secret” facilitieA CIA spokeswoman admitted the internet had scuppered some of its methods.? “Cover is a complex issue that is more complex in the internet age,” said Jennifer Dyck.? “There are things that worked previously that no longer work. [CIA Director Porter] Goss is committed to modernising the way the agency does cover in order to protect our officers who are doing dangerous work.” Ms Dyck declined to detail the remedies “since we don’t want the bad guys to know what we’re fixing”. …Asked about fears that the details might be accessed by terrorist groups, he replied: “I don’t know whether al-Qaeda could do this, but the Chinese could.” – BBC

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