File this one under: “You can’t make this stuff up.”
According to Greg Miller at the Washington Post: “The Central intelligence Agency (CIA) has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of US diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks. Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force. But at CIA headquarters, it's mainly known by its all-too-apt acronym: WTF.”
Miller continues, ever so politely, “The irreverence is perhaps understandable for an agency that has been relatively unscathed by WikiLeaks.”
Yeah, the gang at Langley are such cut ups. When they’re not cooking pre-war intelligence, they’re yukking it up with off-color acronyms. These guys ought to write for The Daily Show.
Then again, at least the CIA isn’t fabricating domestic terror plots out of whole cloth like their counterparts at the FBI.
Kevin Howley is associate professor of media studies at DePauw University. He is editor of Understanding Community Media (Sage, 2010). He writes regularly on media, culture and politics at e-chreia.