Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has published a
CIA memo examining the implications of the US being perceived as an
"exporter of terrorism".
The three-page report from February 2010 says the
participation of US-based individuals in terrorism is "not a recent
The memo cites several cases of alleged terrorist acts by US residents.
An official played down the report from the CIA's so-called Red Cell, saying it was "not exactly a blockbuster paper".
The Red Cell was set up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to
offer an "out-of-the-box" approach and "produce memos intended to
provoke thought rather than to provide authoritative assessment", the
CIA website says.
CIA spokesman George Little said: "These
sorts of analytic products - clearly identified as coming from the
Agency's 'Red Cell' - are designed simply to provoke thought and present
different points of view."
The report, which highlights attacks by US-based or
US-ﬁnanced Jewish, Muslim and Irish-American terrorists, questions how
foreign perceptions of the US could change with continued attacks.
"Much attention has been paid recently to the increasing
occurrence of American-grown Islamic terrorists conducting attacks
against US targets, primarily in the homeland. Less attention has been
paid to homegrown terrorism, not exclusively Muslim terrorists, exported
overseas to target non-US persons," the report says.
The memo, titled What If Foreigners See the United States as
an 'Exporter of Terrorism'?, concludes that if the US is perceived by
other nations as an "exporter of terrorism", those countries may be less
willing to co-operate with the US in the detention, transfer and
interrogation of future suspects.
Wikileaks on 23 July published 76,000 secret US military logs
detailing military actions in Afghanistan, an act the US authorities
described as highly irresponsible.
The website now says it will release 15,000 further sensitive
documents, once it has completed a review aimed at minimising the risk
that their publication could put people's lives in danger.