On Thursday morning, the US Central Intelligence Agency launched its Instagram account, verification badge and all. CIA uploaded a single photo which is full of items many of us might associate with the secretive intelligence agency. The debuted post on the account depicts an apparent office desk at the agency’s office crowded with cloak-and-dagger items and a message written underneath which is:
“I spy with my little eye…” Some are obvious, such as a wig disguise and a paper bag labeled “Top Secret Pulp.”
Last week CIA director Gina Haspel announced that the intelligence agency would begin building out a presence on the photo-sharing platform during a talk at Auburn University in Alabama. The CIA already increased the sizeable number of followings on other platforms like Facebook and Twitter but had yet to make the jump over to Instagram
“Joining Instagram is another way we’re sharing CIA’s stories and recruiting talented Americans to serve here,” CIA spokesperson Chelsea Robinson told. “Through the account, we’ll give a peek into Agency life, but we can’t promise any selfies from secret locations. We’re looking to spark the curiosity of Instagram’s users about the many ways CIA’s global mission has us going where others cannot go and do what others cannot do.”
On Monday, Instagram also confirmed that it helped the CIA in launching the account, platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram helps the Government, lawmakers, congressional committees, and even intelligence and law enforcement agencies set up their accounts and paved a way to communicate with the public.
“Our team worked with the CIA, as they do with many partners, to provide best practices and guidance when it comes to launching an Instagram account,” a spokesperson said.
The account has only 1400 number of followers till Monday afternoon but has quickly grabbed the attention of other Instagram users. A member of the central intelligence agency said that they aim to use the account as a recruiting tool and to increase transparency about its activities.
The CIA’s mission statement is written in the account’s bio. “We are the Nation’s first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go,” it reads.
Some of the users’ comments on the CIA’s post are: “Welcome to IG. Gina Haspel is a rock star!” to “MK ULTRA.”