This story wins the WTF category for the entire year so far.
So apparently, just so you know, the Secret Service has a Twitter account. Can anyone even begin to understand exactly what the hell the Secret Service should even be tweeting about? Are there very many more agencies that rely as much on keeping things under wraps? The word secret is right there in the name.
Anyway. Today on the Secret Service’s Twitter account, the person tasked with tweeting for the intelligence and counterintelligence agency accidentally posted something not meant to be shared. The unidentified agent said:
Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering.
I know what you’re thinking… get this man a medal! But alas, the opinion wasn’t official. Although there was some speculation it was fake, the Secret Service stepped up, claimed it, and apologized in a statement:
“An employee with access to the Secret Service’s Twitter account, who mistakenly believed they were on their personal account, posted an unapproved and inappropriate tweet. The tweet contained no vulgarity, security or pertinent agency information. The tweet did not reflect the views of the U.S. Secret Service and it was immediately removed.
“We apologize for this mistake, and the user no longer has access to our official account. Policies and practices which would have prevented this were not followed and will be reinforced for all account users. We will ensure existing policies are strictly adhered to in order to prevent this mistake from being repeated, and we are conducting appropriate internal follow-up.”
Hopefully, this dude didn’t get into any trouble and higher-ups saw as much humor in it as we do.