WikiLeaks releases CIA analysis, no bombshell revelations

Aug 25, 2010
The homepage of the WikiLeaks.org website is seen on a computer in July, 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.

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.

The CIA paper -- titled "What If Foreigners See the United States as an 'Exporter of Terrorism'?" -- examines the implications of extremists recruiting US nationals and using the United States as a base for attacks abroad.

The played down the release of the February memorandum, a so-called "red cell" analysis that is supposed to provide an alternative view to the spy agency's leaders.

"These sorts of analytic products -- clearly identified as coming from the agency's 'Red Cell' -- are designed simply to provoke thought and present different points of view," CIA spokesman George Little said in an email.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, made light of the development and sought to ridicule , which had announced it was about to release a CIA document.

"This is not exactly a blockbuster paper," said the official.

The website is locked in a dispute with the Pentagon over the leaking of secret military documents on the .

It published nearly 77,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan on July 23 and has said it will publish another 15,000 within the next couple of weeks.

The short document posted Wednesday was a modest paper compared to the trove of files released in July, much of it raw intelligence reports.

The CIA memo posted Wednesday warns that the has long been used by Muslim and other militants as a base for staging terror attacks abroad.

But it said that US officials have tended to focus mainly on the threat from extremists planning attacks against US targets, and overlooked those who might be aiming at assaulting non-US targets abroad.

"Foreign terrorists have recruited homegrown US extremists for attacks abroad and are likely to increase the use of this method because so far it has slipped below the radar of the governments of the US and other countries," the memo said.

The problem carried potential legal issues that could hamper Washington's efforts to win the transfer of terror suspects to US soil, it said.

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not rated yet Aug 25, 2010
If the wikileeks released a CIA analysis WAS a "bombshell", Wouldn't the CIA, in the interest of national security, spread disinformation throughout the more mainstream and censorship vulnerable media such as this website? Have they ever been caught spreading disinformation to international media through third parties or directly?