CIA creates computer spy system using Wikipedia's software
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The U.S. intelligence community on Tuesday unveiled its own secretive
version of Wikipedia saying the popular online encyclopedia
<http://english.pravda.ru/filing/encyclopedia_/> format known for its
openness is key to the future of American espionage.
The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have created a computer system
that uses software from a popular Internet encyclopedia site to gather
content on sensitive topics from analysts across the spy community, part of
an effort to fix problems that plagued prewar estimates on Iraq .
The system, dubbed Intellipedia because it is built on open-source software
from Wikipedia <http://english.pravda.ru/filing/Wikipedia/> , was launched
earlier this year. It already is being used to assemble intelligence reports
on Nigeria and other subjects, according to U.S. intelligence officials who
on Tuesday discussed the initiative in detail for the first time, Los
Angeles Times reports.
A "top secret" Intellipedia system, currently available to the 16 agencies
that make up the U.S. intelligence
<http://english.pravda.ru/filing/intelligence_/> community, has grown to
more than 28,000 pages and 3,600 registered users since its introduction on
April 17. Less restrictive versions exist for "secret" and "sensitive but
The system is also available to the Transportation Security Administration
and national laboratories <http://english.pravda.ru/filing/laboratories/> .
Intellipedia is currently being used to assemble a major intelligence
report, known as a national intelligence estimate, on Nigeria as well as the
State Department's annual country reports on terrorism, officials said.
Some day it may also be the path intelligence officials take to produce the
president's daily intelligence briefing, Reuters reports.
Prepared by Alexander Timoshik