The CIA has launched a new task force to assess the impact of Cablegate. The Wikileaks Task Force, , better known by the agency as the acronym WTF, will focus on media exposure and the repercussions of the newest cable releases.
According to a report by the Washington Post, the agency has launched the task force to appraise the impact of thousands of sensitive diplomatic documents and military files hitting the web thanks to WikiLeaks.
Among the task force’s responsibilities is “whether the agency's ability to recruit informants could be damaged by declining confidence in the
government's ability to keep secrets,” the report said. U.S.
CIA spokesman George Little told the paper that the panel is being led by the CIA's
. It is made up of more than two dozen members from departments across the agency. Counterintelligence Center
After Wikileaks published its first batch of classified documents, CIA spokesperson George Little had claimed that the CIA was "unconcerned" about the Wikileaks disclosures. Conversely, on November 8, the following press release emerged:
"When information about our intelligence, our people, or our operations appears in the media, it does incredible damage to our nation’s security and our ability to do our job of protecting the nation."
It seems it was only a matter of time before Little would announce the emergence of a team devoted entirely to the leaks. At present, WTF is taking inventory of all CIA-related information categorized as "classified" but its focus will be that of ascertaining the potential damage to foreign relations that may have been caused by Cablegate leaks.
"It's just a huge vulnerability," an unnamed former high-ranking CIA officer told the Post. "Nobody could carry out enough paper to do what WikiLeaks has done."