Social Media Pose New Riddle for CIA

Effective spycraft has long called for cover — a job, family or routine that would keep a government agent from drawing undue attention. Now, that calculation extends to spies’ use of social media.

Only in the past few years has the Central Intelligence Agency issued standardized guidelines on how to use social media, according to one former intelligence official. The line these guidelines draw appears to be thin: Revealing too much on Facebook and Twitter risks tipping too much to the other side. But given that social media use is becoming ubiquitous, revealing too little could also arouse suspicion.

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