Thinking face: Emojis read like secret code in CIA #Vault7 spy leaks

Thinking face: Emojis read like secret code in CIA #Vault7 spy leaks
Buried among the thousands of covert CIA documents released by WikiLeaks is a list of Japanese emojis used without any explanation by spy agency snoops, begging the question: Is this a secret code?

Many of the symbols in the ‘Japanese Style faces’ document show popular emoticons created from keyboard strokes including the infamous ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (shrug). There are hundreds to trawl through, the majority are without reason but a few come with text.

Σ (゚Д゚;)is ‘surprised’, while щ(゚Д゚щ)translates as ‘dear god why?’ ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ is ‘baby seal’ and ╯‵Д′)╯彡┻━┻   is ‘angry guy flipping a table’

Some of the other more interesting symbols include:  

'̿'\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/'̿̿ ̿
щ(ಠ益ಠщ)
٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶
ಠ︵ಠ凸
ლ,ᔑ•ﺪ͟͠•ᔐ.ლ
┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐
<【☯】‿【☯】>

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Some of the CIA’s favorite memes revolve, unsurprisingly, around cybersecurity and surveillance, as the agency had a little fun at the expense of those whose privacy they were invading. 

WikiLeaks claims that the agency celebrated what it saw as “the financial largesse of Obama towards them” with a ‘Make it rain’ gif.