Monday, December 11, 2017
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Spy agency uncovers sense of humor in debut tweet

WASHINGTON — For a spy agency that likes to blend into the background, the CIA's debut on Twitter has revealed a covert sense of humor.

In a medium heralded for its snark, the Twittersphere gave high praise Friday for the intelligence agency's first tweet, under the handle @CIA.

"We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet," posted @CIA. Within an hour it had more than 67,000 followers.

At first, that raised a question: Was this really the Central Intelligence Agency? Since any number of fake CIA twitter accounts have sprung up over the years, some caution was in order.

The agency quickly confirmed in a news release that it had established a presence on both Twitter and Facebook. The CIA got its @CIA handle after filing a complaint with Twitter to wrest control from someone who was using it to impersonate the agency, spokesman Todd Ebitz said.

The agency's tagline: "We are the nation's first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go."

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