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Someone asked Amazon’s Alexa about the CIA and the answers are hilarious

This Wednesday, March 2, 2016 photo shows an Echo Dot in San Francisco. Amazon.com is introducing two devices, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, that are designed to amplify the role that its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people's homes and lives. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
This Wednesday, March 2, 2016 photo shows an Echo Dot in San Francisco. Amazon.com is introducing two devices, the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, that are designed to amplify the role that its voice-controlled assistant Alexa plays in people's homes and lives. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Credit: Jeff Chiu

Credit: Jeff Chiu

A woman recently asked Amazon Alexa, the company’s voice-activated assistant available through Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot, if it was “connected to the CIA” and tweeted the hilarious exchange.

Twitter user @localbusinessco shared the video on March 8 and thousands of Twitter users have retweeted it as of Friday:

First, the woman asked Alexa if she would lie to her. Alexa responded saying she would never intentionally lie.

Then, she asked Alexa what the CIA is and received a definition in response.

But when asked, “Are you connected to the CIA?” not just once—but twice—Alexa went completely dark.

An Amazon representative told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the response was a “technical glitch,” which the company has since fixed. Now, Alexa’s response to “Are you connected to the CIA?” should be: “No, I work for Amazon,” according to the representative.

The tweet included the hashtag #Vault7, a reference to WikiLeaks' claim that the CIA can hack smartphones and other gadgets for surveillance.

In an announcement Tuesday, WikiLeaks released 8,761 "documents and files from an isolated high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI) in Langley, Virginia." It's the first in a "series" of intelligence leaks comprising the largest intelligence dump in history, according to a previous AJC report.

This story was updated with comment from Amazon.

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