To mark 30 days on Twitter
, a lighthearted CIA is providing answers to the five "top questions" questions it says have been received from followers, The Hill reported
Among the comical rejoinders: The Central Intelligence Agency professes not to know where Tupac Shakur is.
Rap performer Shakur succumbed to wounds, at age 25, during a 1996 drive-by shooting. Admirers have purportedly embraced rumors that he is alive and performing under another name or involved in secret government work, according to Topman Generation
The CIA announced on June 6 that it would use Twitter and other social media to "directly engage with the public and provide information on CIA's mission, history, and other developments."
CIA Director John Brennan wrote that, "We have important insights to share, and we want to make sure that unclassified information about the Agency is more accessible to the American public that we serve, consistent with our national security mission."
While the spy agency has taken a lighthearted PR posture on Twitter, its Facebook
presence is more buttoned-down.
The comedian-spooks behind the CIA's Twitter account have used it to engage in banter, such as telling entertainer Ellen DeGeneres they'd do a selfie with her, and advising followers who supposedly forgot their passwords that the agency didn't know them either.
The "No, we don't know where Tupac is" post was retweeted more than 10,000 times, The Hill reported.
The CIA had over 670,000 Twitter followers as of July 8.
In describing itself to the Twittersphere the CIA stated: "We are the Nation's first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go."
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