Jack Dorsey’s apparent change of heart toward the FBI, CIA and NSA has set his successor Elon Musk speculating
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Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared to call out the US intelligence community in a cryptic tweet on Tuesday.
“Splinter the CIA, NSA and FBI into a thousand pieces and scatter them into the winds,” he wrote, accompanied by a link to a portrait of former US president John F. Kennedy.
Dorsey’s tweet referenced a famous quote attributed to Kennedy, who supposedly vowed to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds” upon learning of the agency’s botched effort to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro, known as the Bay of Pigs disaster. However, it’s not entirely clear whether he uttered the oft-cited words at all, the only source is an anonymous Kennedy administration official who supposedly shared it with a New York Times reporter three years after the president’s assassination.
Splinter the CIA, NSA, and FBI into a thousand pieces and scatter them into the winds. https://t.co/mDRYX1LFld
— jack (@jack) May 24, 2023
Elon Musk, Dorsey’s successor at the helm of Twitter, responded to his tweet with a single exclamation point. Musk worked with a group of independent journalists to publish internal Twitter communications, proving the CIA and FBI had been exerting strong influence over content on the platform. Along with several other government entities, the two agencies were able to request the removal of individual users and the promotion or suppression of particular narratives.
While Musk has made a show of distancing himself from that status quo, including by firing general counsel James Baker, who formerly worked for the FBI, it is not known if the agencies retain some level of access.