US Central Intelligence Agency Releases Location of New DarkNet Version of Website

Earlier today, May 7th 2019, the US Central Intelligence Agency came out with a bizarre press release announcing the launch of their own .onion website. Upon investigation, the “Darknet” version of their site appears to look, feel and function in the same manner as their “ClearNet” version, with only one exception – it features a revolving slideshow of all the agencies latest stories, releases and events – such as you can see with a story of the launch of their .onion website below. Though it must be noted, you can only access the link below with a download of the Tor Browser, Freenet Browser or I2P setup.

Location of Site: https://ciadotgov4sjwlzihbbgxnqg3xiyrg7so2r2o3lt5wz5ypk4sxyjstad.onion/

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Being as deep in the rabbit hole as I am, and have been, I can’t help but wonder if those slideshow pictures/reports are somehow zero days meant to compromise the web browsers/identities of any suspicious visitors to the site – especially in regards to recent Tor zero days made aware to me over the course of the last two months? I honestly cant think of any reason to tailor their website specifically to a DarkNet crowd/audience, unless it was just a trap (HoneyPot). Regardless, at least according to the CIA itself,  they are calling the site the “latest layer” to their international operations, hoping the tool will help the public send in more truly anonymous tips throughout the future.

Secure, anonymous, untraceable—traits ever-present in CIA’s intelligence collection mission,” says the CIA “and the same is true for our onion site, which is now available over the Tor network. Adding that “Our global mission demands that individuals can access us securely from anywhere. Creating an onion site is just one of many ways we’re going where people are” – says Brittany Bramell, CIA’s Director of Public Affairs. However, as someone whom has personally sent dozens of Anonymous tips to the CIA over the course of the last several years, I know it is entirely possible to send them Anonymous tips independent of the Tor Browser – using combinations of VPN’s, Proxies and DNS edits, making their logic even more suspicious.

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Brian Dunn

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