CIA.gov: Is this site a joke?

No, seriously, is it? I honestly can’t tell if the www.cia.gov site is for real. I first went there following a link from The Big Noob to look at one of the worst logo designs I have ever seen. Then I poked around the site a bit to see if it was a serious thing (I mean, the domain name is cia.gov – it sounds real!) and I found the following gems:

  • The Kids’ Page – equipped with an animated “spy” with a ringing shoephone.
  • The Iraqi Rewards Program – I tried to read about it, but it seems like the CIA is trying to keep this program a secret.
  • The CIA movie – Click “play movie” on the home page to see this warm and fuzzy video about “clandestine services.”
  • On the contact us page – you’ll find this bit: “Solicitations to transfer large sums of money to your bank account: If you receive a solicitation to transfer a large amount of money from an African nation to your bank account in exchange for a payment of millions of dollars, go to the US Secret Service Web site for information about the Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud or “4-1-9″ Fraud scheme.”

This site is the warmer, kinder U.S. spy service. Or else it’s a hoax.

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