Sunshine Week for Covert Operatives


The Chicago Tribune tips off CIA Director Porter Goss to some sort of worldwide system of interconnected computer networks the kids are calling Internet:

When the Tribune searched a commercial online data service, the result was a virtual directory of more than 2,600 CIA employees, 50 internal agency telephone numbers and the locations of some two dozen secret CIA facilities around the United States.

Only recently has the CIA recognized that in the Internet age its traditional system of providing cover for clandestine employees working overseas is fraught with holes, a discovery that is said to have "horrified" CIA Director Porter Goss….

Asked how so many personal details of CIA employees had found their way into the public domain, [a] senior U.S. intelligence official replied that "I don't have a great explanation, quite frankly."

Whole thing here.

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