CIA rolls out 'new and improved website'

June 24, 2013
The CIA prides itself on secrecy but the spy agency unveiled a revamped website that promises a user-friendly layout and a "sleeker, more modern web experience."

The CIA prides itself on secrecy but the spy agency unveiled a revamped website Monday that promises a user-friendly layout and a "sleeker, more modern web experience."

Borrowing the jargon of corporate marketing, the touted its new online look for job-seekers or people interested in the spy service's origins.

"The new and improved reflects CIA's strong commitment to educating and informing the American people about the Agency's history, mission, and organization," John Brennan, CIA director, said in a statement.

"I encourage the public to explore the website and learn more about an American institution dedicated to protecting our country's security," said Brennan, known as the mastermind behind secret drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.

The CIA, heavily criticized over its reluctance to discuss bombing raids abroad or the treatment of terror suspects, said the new site offered more interactive features and more information to the public.

"The new design provides users a sleeker, more modern , while offering a more user-friendly layout for the site's extensive content," the agency said.

The site features a menu of less than exciting videos, including a nine-minute promotional clip that provides a quick history of the agency from its founding in 1947 to the present.

The video's production standards are not exactly Hollywood material but it does try to explain the different branches of the agency, using a brief clip from a James Bond film to highlight the role of technicians who create gadgets for in the field.

"Think Q in James Bond movies," says the narrator during a segment on the agency's science and technology office.

The site also appears aimed at recruiting a new generation of spies, with a "job fit tool" that allows prospective applicants to find the best match for their skills and a "job cart" that allows people to apply to up to four jobs at one time.

The CIA website also makes it easier to search through historical documents from the Cold War era that have been declassified, including official collections recounting a range of secret operations during the Vietnam War.

One book examines the story of Lima Site 85, a covert radar site in Laos "that allowed the United States to bomb North Vietnam."

Explore further: WikiLeaks releases CIA analysis, no bombshell revelations

Related Stories

WikiLeaks releases CIA analysis, no bombshell revelations

August 25, 2010

WikiLeaks on Wednesday released a CIA memo analyzing the risks of terrorists operating from the United States, but the document offered no dramatic revelations of government secrets like the website's earlier leaks.

New website to open spy agency to public: CIA

February 8, 2011

The CIA has launched a revamped website with links to YouTube and Flickr to help the public better understand the spy agency's often clandestine work, officials said.

Hackers target British anti-crime agency website

June 20, 2011

Hackers who have hit the websites of the CIA, US Senate, Sony and others during a month-long rampage claimed on Monday to have knocked the site of Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) offline.

Website offline where stolen credit reports posted

March 20, 2013

The website where hackers had published what it said were credit reports for Michelle Obama, the attorney general, CIA director, FBI director and other politicians and celebrities has been shut down by Russian Internet officials. ...

Recommended for you

The ethics of robot love

November 25, 2015

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled. Malaysian police branded it "illegal" and "ridiculous". "There is nothing scientific about sex with robots," ...

Glider pilots aim for the stratosphere

November 20, 2015

Talk about serendipity. Einar Enevoldson was strolling past a scientist's office in 1991 when he noticed a freshly printed image tacked to the wall. He was thunderstruck; it showed faint particles in the sky that proved something ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.