WikiLeaks' CIA Report Called "Not Blockbuster"

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Updated at 3:24 p.m. ET

The website WikiLeaks released a memo Wednesday it says it obtained from the CIA about the possibility that other nations could perceive the United States as an "exporter of terrorism."

The site and its founder, Julian Assange, have come under fire from the U.S. government after it released about 76,000 documents about the war in Afghanistan in July.

The organization has said it is preparing 15,000 more classified documents for release, and the Pentagon predicts they could be even more damaging than the last batch, CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports.

But the one document Wikileaks released Wednesday does not appear very damaging. One U.S. official called the release "not exactly a blockbuster," Martin reports.

The three-page report examines attacks by certain groups that either are based in the United States or receive funding from there. The report says that if the United States is perceived as an "exporter of terrorism" then other countries might no longer cooperate with the government, arrest CIA officers and stop sharing intelligence with the U.S.

"Contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon, nor has it been associated only with Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin," the leaked CIA report says. "This dynamic belies the American belief that our free, open and integrated multicultural society lessens the allure of radicalism and terrorism for US citizens."

The report, marked "Secret" at the top and bottom of each page, says it was prepared by a unit of the CIA called Red Cell. The report includes a paragraph in the margin saying that the unit was charged with "taking a pronounced 'out-of-the-box' approach that will provoke thought and offer an alternative viewpoint on the full range of analytic issues."

In fact, it's the kind of piece you might expect to find on the op-ed page of a newspaper, Martin reports, adding that the only mystery is why it was classified "Secret."

Part of the report examines the possibility of al Qaeda recruiting Americans to operate for the terror network overseas, noting that a Pakistani-American linked with the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, changed his name to allow him to move more freely among the United States, India and Pakistan.

"Undoubtedly Al-Qa'ida and other terrorist groups recognize that Americans can be great assets in terrorist operations overseas because they carry US passports, don't fit the typical Arab-Muslim profile, and can easily communicate with radical leaders through their unfettered access to the internet and other modes of communication," the report says.
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