Central Intelligence Agency

Thanks to Wikileaks we can all laugh at the CIA’s collection of bad memes

Wikileaks dumped a huge cache of CIA documents and files this morning in the first of a series of Vault 7 leaks, and in doing so, showed the world the agency’s horrible taste in memes.

The whole leak, codenamed “Year Zero,” can be viewed via torrent download. When you check out all the files on your PC, you’ll find more than just zipped documents and PDFs. There’s a whole array of .gifs and .jpgs too — and most of them are memes. Old, lame memes, for the most part.

Here’s a quick look at some of the memes that came along with the dump. You’ll see they include everything from Boromir’s “One does not simply…” warning to a pipe-smoking baby.

These memes are kind of lame.

Image: Desktop screenshot

These memes are kind of lame.

The leak sadly does not contain a reason why the CIA would want an enormous database of memes, but it can be assumed that the agency might have used them to translate all the civilian internetspeak that flew over their heads or even for interagency use. Many of…

CIA Shares About 13 Million Declassified Records Online

Until recently, members of the public looking to peruse the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified documents had to travel to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. There, they were able to read the papers, but only from four computer terminals. Now, CNN reports, the CIA has published nearly 13 million pages of declassified documents online, allowing anyone to access them.

The online collection is called the CIA Records Search Tool, or CREST, Bloomberg reports. CREST contains declassified documents from the 1940s through the 1990s,…