CIA Website Gets a Makeover

The CIA has launched a revamped website with links to YouTube and Flickr to help Americans better understand the agency’s often secretive work, officials said.

“The idea behind these improvements is to make more information about the agency available to more people, more easily,” CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a statement Monday. “The CIA wants the American people and the world to understand its mission and its vital role in keeping our country safe.”

The CIA YouTube channel features current and historical videos about the agency, including speeches by Panetta and a CIA Overview video. The CIA Flickr site links to copyright-free pictures from CIA.gov, including images of the Enigma Machine to an al-Qaida training manual.

Additionally, the overhauled CIA.gov homepage includes a new “CIA Interactive” section that provides visitors with a web tour of the CIA headquarters and the CIA Museum, which displays virtual artifacts and information about them.

More enhancements are planned in the next few months, including foreign language content,  which underscores the global nature of the CIA’s mission and highlights Panetta’s emphasis on language excellence at the agency.

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