The CIA’s first tweet is a ‘we can neither confirm nor deny’ joke

As reported by my Post colleague Erik Wempel, the Central Intelligence Agency just joined Twitter. And here's its first Tweet:


Get the joke? The "neither confirm nor deny" language is a play on "Glomar' response -- a deflection journalists are used to receiving when they inquire about potentially classified information. The phrase has its roots in an CIA effort to salvage a sunken Soviet submarine, as recounted in this excellent episode of Radiolab.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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