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CIA on Twitter, handle @CIA, first tweet becomes an instant hit

India TV News Desk 07 Jun 2014, 8:48:32 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: The secretive US spy agency joined the world of social media on Friday, and quickly had the Twitterverse talking.

The presence on the social-media websites will supplement the CIA's existing digital presence, which includes a website and Flickr and YouTube accounts.

CIA director John Brennan said in a statement that the new Twitter and Facebook accounts aimed to help the agency "more directly engage with the public and provide information on CIA's mission, history and other developments."

"We have important insights to share," Brennan said.

The agency already had accounts with YouTube and Flickr.

There's little chance the agency will post spy secrets.

Instead, it plans to post its rare press releases, information about careers within the agency or about historic missions that have since been declassified.

The agency will also post images of objects on display at the CIA museum, which it called "the best museum most people never get to see" -- because it's closed to the public.

On its Twitter profile, the CIA describes itself as "the nation's first line of defence. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go."