WikiLeaks Publishes CIA Documents, Includes Travel Tips and Condolences to Flying United

WikiLeaks has just published a number of documents, dubbed “Vault7,” that relate to CIA’s hacking practices and capabilities. For example, the documents show some of the techniques and exploits discovered and/or used by the CIA, which may be used for hacking Smart TVs, as well as both iOS and Android devices.

CIA Seal. Source: CIA

CIA Seal. Source: CIA

But also buried in these documents is information for those whose job at the CIA involves traveling. Under the document “EDG Familiarization TDY” (Engineering Development Group Familiarization Temporary Duty), first described by The Hill, are “travel tips” for those who may be traveling for the agency.

For example, “Before You Go,”

Learn/create your cover-for-action story.  There will be a slight difference based on your own cover status.  Talk to CCIE/Engineering.

Have a travel credit card. You will need the PIN to get a cash advance.  Advance and conversion fees are accountable on your TDY voucher.  Government Travel Cards work great for this (built-in accounting).

If you are using a personal credit card, be sure to call your credit card company and notify them of your travel to Germany.

And the information under “During Your Flight” cracked me up a bit:

Flying Lufthansa: Booze is free so enjoy (within reason)!    Flying United:  My condolences, but at least you are earning a United leg towards a status increase.

If you have an overnight flight (most likely), try and get some sleep.  It will help you adjust faster to the time difference. (6-7 hours ahead!)

And finally, the document advices that before they leave:

Work with CCIE/Engineering to draft a TDY Wrap-up cable.  Cable traffic or it didn’t happen.

Buy something in Duty Free, because you’re awesome and you deserve it! (Might I recommend a travellers’ edition single malt whisky?)

Leave with as few Euros in your pocket as possible.

It’s pretty interesting that these are the “insider travel tips” written up by folks who work for the CIA for their colleagues!

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