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The CIA has decided to launch a panel, entitled the WikiLeaks Task Force, in order to gauge the effect of the leaking of thousands of US diplomatic cables by the whistleblower website, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
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The US intelligence agency is launching the task force despite the fact that the CIA has been relatively untouched by the leaks.
A major issue the panel plans to address is whether the CIA's ability to recruit informants was damaged by the belief that the US government is unable to guard its secrets.
"The director asked the task force to examine whether the latest release
of WikiLeaks documents might affect the agency's foreign relationships
or operations," the paper quoted CIA spokesman George Little as saying.
The release of the US diplomatic cables has caused Washington and several of its allies embarrassment.
Shortly after the initial release of the cables last month, US Secretary
of State Hilary Clinton said the US is taking "aggressive steps" to find those responsible for the release of documents by WikiLeaks.
She explained that every country must be able to hold private
conversations on concerning issues. She added that confidential
communication is fundamental in the ability to serve public interest.
Clinton expressed confidence that the partnerships and relationships
built by the Obama administration will withstand the challenge posed by
the WikiLeaks exposure.