FBI Uses Facebook to Reach out to Spies with Intel Inside the U.S.
The FBI has been posting some very interesting content on their Facebook page. It appears they are publishing ads targeted at Russian spies or anyone familiar with Russian intelligence. One ad was a “stock photo” of a young woman at her graduation with her parents, while the text read in Russian “For your future, for the future of your family” reported CNN.
Another ad is a picture of a chess set, with Russian text that reads “Isn’t it time for you to make your move?” And another one is a drawing of a man walking over a bridge with Russian text “Time to draw bridges.” Each of the ads link to an FBI website of the Washington DC field office that “has details in English and in Russian about the counterintelligence team and the address of the FBI field office in the city, ‘visit us in person,’ it reads.”
The three ads have been running throughout the summer, and the FBI “did not confirm any details about the ad campaign, how many people saw the ads or if anyone responded to them.” However, Alan E. Kohler Jr., special agent in charge of the Washington field office’s counterintelligence division told CNN:
We cannot comment except to note that Russia has a large number of intelligence officers based in Russian diplomatic facilities around the world. They are very active and pose a security risk to the US and our allies…The FBI uses a variety of means to gather information, including the use of sources…The FBI will use all legal means available to locate individuals with information that can help protect the United States from threats to our national security.