WikiLeaks released what it called a secret CIA memo Wednesday – examining the risks of terrorists operating from within the United States. However, the publication, titled, “What If Foreigners See the United States as an Exporter of Terrorism?,” did little to rattle the U.S. intelligence community.
CIA spokesman George Little told Fox News shortly after the three page report appeared on WikiLeak’s website, “These sorts of analytic products – clearly identified as coming from the Agency’s ‘Red Cell’ – are designed to provoke thought and present different points of view.”
A U.S. official offered a more blunt assessment, telling Fox, “This is not exactly a blockbuster paper.”
A caption on the site said the latest leaked document, “Looks at what will happen if it is internationally understood that the United States is an exporter of terrorism.”
The document explains that contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists in not a recent phenomenon, nor has it been associated with only Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian origin.
As examples, it cites five young Muslim American men traveling from northern Virginia to Pakistan allegedly to join the Pakistani Taliban and to engage in Jihad. It also says American Jews have supported and even engaged in violent acts against perceived enemies of Israel, and that some Irish-Americans have long provided both financial and material support for violent efforts to compel the United Kingdom to relinquish control of Northern Ireland.
WikiLeaks says the document was given to them by “an individual stepping forward to reveal the truth or preserve the integrity of the historical record.”
The memo goes on to warn that the United States has focused mainly on the threat from extremists planning attacks against U.S. targets, and overlooked those who might be aiming at non-U.S. targets abroad.
It warns of the limitless scope of the internet around the world and the widespread use of English on popular websites such as YouTube, Facebook and various blogs, suggesting it enables radical clerics and terrorist recruiters to bypass America’s physical borders and influence U.S. citizens.
The document cautions that if the U.S. were in fact to be seen as an exporter of terrorism, foreign partners could be less willing to cooperate on extrajudicial activities, including detention, transfer and interrogation of suspects in third party countries. It warns that in extreme cases, U.S refusal to cooperate with foreign government requests for extradition might lead some governments to consider secretly extracting U.S citizens suspected of foreign terrorism from U.S. soil. It warns in some extreme cases foreign intelligence operations on U.S. soil to neutralize or even assassinate individuals in the U.S deemed to be a threat would not be without precedent.
The website, founded in 2006, published nearly 77,000 classified U.S. military documents on the war in Afghanistan on July 23 and has threatened to publish more in the near future.
Wednesday’s document was modest in comparison to the release, which included accounts of civilian casualties and purported links between Pakistan's intelligence service and Afghanistan's Taliban.
Meanwhile earlier on Wednesday a Swedish prosecutor said she would continue to investigate an accusation of molestation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but dismissed another case that was initially labeled a suspected rape. Assange has denied both allegations.