‘I spy with my little eye’: CIA launches Instagram account

This screen grab taken by AFP on April 25, 2019 from the Instagram page of the Central Intelligence Agency, shows the first picture posted by the CIA to their Instagram page. (AFP / CIA / INSTAGRAM)
Updated 26 April 2019

‘I spy with my little eye’: CIA launches Instagram account

  • The spy agency has been openly recruiting from universities and industry

WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency opened its own account on Instagram Thursday with a picture of a desk of mysteries teased by the children’s game prompt “I spy with my little eye.”
The photo tempts with intrigues and adventure: a wig suggesting disguises, maps of China and the Gulf, foreign banknotes, a burn bag for getting rid of secret documents, a notebook with Arabic, and other items — mostly real operation souvenirs of CIA officers.
Next to a wall is a photo with the words: “I want to travel the world.”
The Instagram posting was an expansion of the premier US spy agency’s effort to recruit a younger generation of officers, agents and analysts, having already been on Twitter and Facebook for years.
The agency has been openly recruiting from universities and industry, and Instagram gives it a way to reach a large, younger demographic: most of its regular users are under 30.
“We’re looking to spark the curiosity of Instagram’s users about the many ways CIA’s global mission has us going where others cannot go and doing what others cannot do,” the agency said in a statement.
“Through the account, we’ll give a peek into agency life, but we can’t promise any selfies from secret locations.”

Arab News columnist Camelia Entekhabifard appointed editor of Independent Persian

Updated 20 May 2019

Arab News columnist Camelia Entekhabifard appointed editor of Independent Persian

  • News service launched by Saudi Research and Marketing Group
  • Move is last phase of project to launch brand in four languages including Arabic and Turkish

RIYADH: The Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) has announced the soft launch of The Independent Persian, which will be edited by Camelia Entekhabifard, a columnist and Iranian analyst for Arab News and several other renowned media outlets. 
The website marks the fourth phase of SRMG’s project to launch The Independent in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and Persian under a licensing agreement signed last year with the British news publisher. 

Arab News columnist Camelia Entekhabifard has been appointed editor of IndependentPersian.com. (Supplied) 

SRMG announced the appointment of Camelia Entekhabifard — the well-known journalist, political analyst and Arab News columnist — as editor-in-chief of www.independentpersian.com.
A group of experienced journalists have joined the project and are working in its offices in New York City. 


“The launch of IndependentPersian.com stands as the fourth and the last phase of our multi-lingual project with The Independent,” said SRMG Chairman Abdulrahman Alrowaita.
“We are so eager to have the new website able to attract a wider readership of Persian language to read a diversified content of very high professional standards. We do hope, with such project we introduce to our readership, the media and content creation industries will be enriched in our region and the world.”

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Camelia Entekhabifard is an Iranian-American journalist, political commentator and author of Camelia: Save Yourself By Telling the Truth (Seven Stories Press, 2008). Twitter: ​@CameliaFard