Secrecy & Leaks

Has the NRO Lost Its Mind?

By Benjamin Wittes
Friday, December 13, 2013, 6:44 AM

From the department of Not a Joke, Appearances Notwithstanding comes this article from Forbes. My only explanation for this is that the folks over at the National Reconnaissance Office must be having a little jealousy at all the attention the NSA people are getting these days. So they have decided to commit public PR  seppuku flamboyantly enough to draw attention to themselves. So the other day, they launched a spy satellite---with this logo:

The ODNI even live-tweeted the event.

And a spokeswoman for NRO made the following statement to Forbes:

“NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide,” says Karen Furgerson, a spokesperson for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). “‘Nothing is beyond our reach’ defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation and the warfighters it supports, who serve valiently all over the globe, protecting our nation.”

Great work, guys. Really super.

One suggestion: Instead of calling the rocket the NROL-39, why not rename it the Greenwald-1, as the whole branding is clearly meant as a big gift to him?