With love in the air on the Valentine’s Day weekend, the Central Intelligence Agency decided to add an aura of mystery to the mix. The United States counter-intelligence body posted a cryptic message for its Twitter followers to decipher.
— CIA (@CIA) February 12, 2021
Twitter tried their hand at cracking the code. Others were just there to troll the CIA.
— East Side Tony (@1EastSideTony) February 12, 2021
Just in SC.
— Irving Sherwood (@sherwood_irving) February 14, 2021
roses are red
waterboarding is tight
you’ll be living with the sins of Abu Gharib
for the rest of your lives!
— Brandon Pagano (@brandonpagano) February 14, 2021
Now watch them tweet you back "What about Uruguay???"
— Mister Nobody (@mister_nobody67) February 14, 2021
The answer was oddly supposed to be romantic but ended up just plain creepy.
— CIA (@CIA) February 14, 2021
Some amateur code-crackers even solved the puzzle.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Happy Valentine’s Day
From Cia to you
— Douglas (@DougieWJohnson) February 12, 2021
How'd you get the R is roses? Then I'll figure it out from there?
— Wade (@pt_wade) February 12, 2021
Not The Valentine’s Day Note People Wanted
Netizens unwrapped how creepy the message really is given the CIA’s actual role as a stalker. This love affair is one sided for a reason.
This is one of the scariest tweets of all time
— Preguiça Astronauta (@Space_Preguica) February 14, 2021
DON’T give them any ideas. 🤣
— pammycakes1011 (@pammycakes1011) February 14, 2021
Cmon CIA, literally everyone knows you're watching your citizens without there consent and doing extremely illegal things out of the public eye
Won't stop you from doing it though
— A Plague Doctor 🏳️🌈 (@JustAGu27559800) February 14, 2021
Bringing up bitter truths didn’t end there.
Nice knowing everyone
— Kevun Bixensatin-Gill PhD, Md, DDS, Esquire, Jr (@SnowflakeTakes) February 14, 2021
I wonder if they've seen this: pic.twitter.com/sCWw9L9FgU
— The Dapper Darkness (@DapperDarkness) February 15, 2021
— Soroush Kesha (@Sooroooush) February 14, 2021
The Valentine’s Day note had Netizens bringing up grievances towards the agency’s unsolicited advances.
I’m good. You pretty much only know how to give murder or economic collapse as presents.
— David Fite (@DavidFite) February 14, 2021
they até not talking to us, bro. The only things the US government is sending us, developing countries, are drones and coups.
— Flávio Hollanda (@hollandaflavio) February 14, 2021
Solved it! pic.twitter.com/TB9ckSMMEk
— Brockstar 🍀 🇮🇪 (@brockstar91) February 14, 2021
Take a stand for native workers
And we'll drone strike you too
— Emoji-in-Name Boycotter (@JBritt312) February 14, 2021
Other expected something less generic, given how the CIA is that admirer you can’t shake off, commonly called stalkers.
Wow. Do you not have enough data on me to send something a bit less impersonal?
— Christine Price (@PstafarianPrice) February 14, 2021
CIA does not collect data on Americans.
– "Company" man
— Jack, a professional American™🤔 (@_bottlejack) February 14, 2021
Kidnapping is better than meeting a Shakespearean end.
The CIA just wished me a happy Valentine's Day and I'm pretty sure that means I'm about to be kidnapped.
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) February 14, 2021
Overall rather then feeling the love, the tweet actually had people at odds. So, that holiday message was a bust.
Since I am an actual person, and not hiding behind an anonymous account like you are, your comment is not particularly funny.
— Robin Metalitz (@robinmetalitz) February 14, 2021
Even US Senator Ilhan Omar denounced the Valentine’s Day coup…. we mean cue note.
I denounce this coup of Valentine’s Day. https://t.co/cipEfuiDTr
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 14, 2021
That’s not all the counter-intelligence body even shared a edition on its ‘Humans of CIA‘ series on Instagram featuring a series of couples the fell in love as Langley. (So, is this a cover story or what?)
— CIA (@CIA) February 14, 2021
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the first holiday the CIA hijacked. They even have a devoted ‘Operation Santa Claus’. Is that enough to avoid the next PR crisis?
"Operation Santa Claus" has been an active operation for CIA employees for over 50 years. Our mission: donate toys to disadvantaged children during the holidays. Our partner: @USMC's "Toys for Tots" program. Operation status: Complete. High likelihood of follow-on holiday cheer. pic.twitter.com/YQeKlaiqzO
— CIA (@CIA) December 24, 2019
This year around Christmas they posted another game. (sure this isn’t a series of diversions?)
You know how this works. Let us know how many differences you find. pic.twitter.com/Eeu4PUVu80
— CIA (@CIA) December 15, 2020