The United States Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA for short, has posted a video on social media. The video was designed to offer Russian citizens a secure way to communicate with the agency, promising to protect their safety if they share secrets about the Ukraine war & other data that would help America's spies in opposing Moscow.
The video was first released on Telegram Messenger - a global freemium, cloud-based, encrypted instant messaging service & video calling application that has become one of the most popular instant messaging apps in Russia, Ukraine, and plenty of post-Soviet countries like Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Later, the video appeared on other social media websites like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
"People around you may not want to hear the truth. But we do. You are not powerless. Connect with us in a safe way." states the narrator speaking in the video. The whole video is very short, only lasting about two minutes. It depicts Russians contacting the CIA with their phones to pass on information to the American government.
"In today’s Russia, it remains very difficult to speak out, and telling the truth often carries serious consequences. CIA wants to know the truth about Russia, and we are looking for trustworthy people who can tell it to us and with whom we can communicate securely," says an official for the CIA.