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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

You Can't Google Freedom in China... 

But you can Google for CIA covert operatives in the United States, according to the Chicago Tribune:

She is 52 years old, married, grew up in the Kansas City suburbs and now lives in Virginia, in a new three-bedroom house.

Anyone who can qualify for a subscription to one of the online services that compile public information also can learn that she is a CIA employee who, over the past decade, has been assigned to several American embassies in Europe.

The CIA asked the Tribune not to publish her name because she is a covert operative, and the newspaper agreed. But unbeknown to the CIA, her affiliation and those of hundreds of men and women like her have somehow become a matter of public record, thanks to the 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.

The kind of detailed information that apparently is out there for anyone to see about the CIA is actually pretty frightening. Puts the whole Plame affair in perspective doesn't it? I know the usual line about the CIA is that "Their failures are known, and their successes are secret"... but I think it might do the CIA some good to brag a bit about some of the things they've done lately. They need some good press right about now.

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