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According to a CIA analysis released by Web site Wikileaks on Wednesday, the US is an "exporter of terrorism" and has been for many years.
Further, says the analysis, if the rest of the world were to begin regarding the US as such, diplomatic relations could be severely damaged and willingness to cooperate with US activities could be hindered.
The classified report, titled "What if Foreigners See the United States as an Exporter of Terrorism?" was produced in February 2010 by the CIA's Red Cell, a think tank set up in the wake of the September 11 2001 attacks on New York's World Trade Center.
According to The Washington Post
, a CIA spokesperson played down the report, saying that it was compiled simply to provoke thought and present a range of views.
It considers international terrorist organizations targeting and recruiting Americans. It says:
"Less attention has been paid to homegrown terrorism, not exclusively Muslim terrorists, exported overseas to target non-US persons. This report examines the implications of what it would mean for the US to be seen increasingly as an incubator and 'exporter of terrorism.'"The
online whistle-blower organization Wikileaks calls itself a "
public service designed to protect whistleblowers,
journalists and activists who have sensitive materials to communicate to
Last month the group published 76,000 classified U.S. military records
and field reports on the war in Afghanistan.