In New CIA WikiLeaks Trove, ¯\_(⊙︿⊙)_/¯, (◕_◕) And ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ

The spy agency appears to be up on its kaomoji game.

WikiLeaks released what may be the largest drop of CIA documents in history on Tuesday, 8,700 pages that appear to describe the spy agency’s far-reaching strategies for hacking and electronic surveillance.

Alongside the unauthenticated documents touting tools that include redacted instructions to spy on Skype, hack into Wi-Fi networks and steal passwords using autocomplete functions, the dump included an interesting nugget of intel: The CIA is well-versed in memes and text-based emojis, also known as kaomoji.

A document simply titled “Japanese style faces” released by WikiLeaks contains more than 100 expressions, including gems like:

∩( ・ω・)∩ ― happy dog

ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ ― baby seal

╯‵Д′)╯彡┻━┻ ― angry guy flipping a table

As Mashable notes, Tuesday’s leak (the first in what’s expected to be a series involving CIA documents) doesn’t include a reason why the spy agency might have kept such an archive. Many of the memes are old in internet-land and reference cybersecurity.

Other titleless classics from the kaomoji canon include:

щ(゚Д゚щ) < “Dear god why‽ )
ಥ_ಥ ლ(ಠ益ಠლ) y u no guy
◔ ⌣ ◔

Despite the relatively hilarious tone of the kaomoji leak, the other documents could represent a serious security breach for the CIA. The Washington Post notes WikiLeaks compared the breadth of the leak to the breach at the National Security Agency in 2013.

WikiLeaks didn’t say where it obtained the documents, aside from a statement that claimed they were “circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”

You can take a look at the entire kaomoji archive over on WikiLeaks.

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