CIA Launches Twitter Account

Jun 6, 2014 1:49 PM by NBC News

The CIA has a Twitter account - and a sense of humor, apparently.

The spy agency began tweeting on Friday afternoon and racked up more than 35,000 followers in its first half-hour.

It kicked things off with an inside joke: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." That tweet was quickly retweeted tens of thousands of times.

The CIA's Twitter is only following a couple of dozen other accounts, all government agencies.

Or so they say.

The CIA, which already has Flickr and YouTube accounts, also joined Facebook on Friday.

"By expanding to these platforms, CIA will be able to more directly engage with the public and provide information on CIA's mission, history, and other developments," CIA Director John Brennan said in a statement.

"We have important insights to share, and we want to make sure that unclassified information about the Agency is more accessible to the American public that we serve, consistent with our national security mission."


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