The world’s most powerful intelligence organization, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is now openly encouraging Russian citizens to spy on their own country.
While the video portrays a somewhat ‘patriotic’ theme assuring Russian citizens they can help improve their country, there is no escaping from the fact that the CIA is essentially asking citizens of a foreign country to spy on themselves.
“The CIA wants to know the truth about Russia, and we are looking for reliable people who can tell us that truth,” the agency said in the video, according to a translation.
“Your information may be more valuable than you know,” it adds.
A text then appears on the screen which tells Russians to “Contact us.”
“Perhaps the people around you don’t want to hear the truth. We want to,” the video concludes.
Some of the narration includes the following messaging, as per the description:
In the video – published on the CIA’s official YouTube channel and the Telegram messaging app, popular in Russia – a male voice reflects on the meaning of heroism and endurance as lone individuals are seen weighing their decisions: a man trudging through snow, a woman staring through a window.
“We are easily swayed by lies. But we do know what our reality is. The reality we live in. And the reality we talk about in whispers,” the voice says.
In the end, a man and a woman are shown in separate scenes with their fingers hovering over mobile phone screens with a link saying “Contact CIA.”
“This is my Russia. This will always be my Russia. I will endure. My family will endure. We will live with dignity because of my actions,” the narrator concludes.
The video also tells viewers how to submit information with a Tor browser utilizing the dark web and suggests encrypted communications tools.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to the CIA openly recruiting assets in Russia.
“I am convinced that our special services are monitoring this space in the necessary way,” he said.
“We all know perfectly well that the CIA and other Western intelligence services are not reducing their activity on the territory of our country,” he added.