We’re looking now at YouTube, which carries some unique and honest-to-goodness intelligence. … We’re looking at chat rooms and things that didn’t even exist five years ago. … We have groups looking at what they call ‘citizens media’: people taking pictures with their cellphones and posting them on the Internet. Then there’s social media, phenomena like MySpace and blogs. … A couple years back we identified Iranian blogs as a phenomenon worthy of more attention, about six months ahead of anybody else.”
—Doug Naquin, director of the CIA’s DNI Open Source Center, says the agency monitors YouTube for intelligence.