For Immediate Release: May 16, 2023
CIA Launches Telegram Channel
On Monday, for the first time, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) established a presence on Telegram to reach individuals in countries who have no access to other social media or independent media. CIA's inaugural post includes a video in Russian to encourage courageous Russians to share information safely with the Agency.
This video follows social media posts in 2022 that provided instructions in Russian on how individuals could securely contact CIA on the Dark Web.
"Our global mission demands that individuals can reach us safely and securely from anywhere. Telegram is an additional tool to communicate with people, no matter where they are," said Tammy Kupperman Thorp, CIA's Director of Public Affairs.
CIA established a presence on The Onion Router (TOR) in 2019 to enable people to contact the Agency securely.