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CIA uses favored Russian Telegram app to recruit spies

The U.S.’s chief intelligence agency has turned to the favored social media platform in Russia known as Telegram to launch its latest recruitment effort and appeal to Russians opposed to the war in Ukraine. 

On Monday night the CIA posted a recruitment video in Russian to not only Telegram but YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. 

“The CIA wants to know the truth about Russia, and we are looking for reliable people who know and can tell us,” the agency said in a statement with the video posted to YouTube. “Your information may be more valuable than you think.”

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The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency is shown at the entrance of its headquarters in McLean, Virginia, Sept. 24, 2022. (Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein)

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An activist holds a poster during a peaceful gathering of members of the Russian diaspora in the main square of Krakow, Poland, on Feb. 25, 2023. (Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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The video, titled “Why I made contact with the CIA: My decision,” depicts fictitious Russians who made the decision to contact the CIA and details how to safely get in touch with the agency.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian media Tuesday that the Telegram channel – which already has over 5,200 subscribers – is a “very convenient resource for tracking those who apply.”

“Please be patient. We thank you for your courage,” the CIA said. “We carefully review the submitted documents in order to give an appropriate response and at the same time ensure your safety.”

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