17:31 GMT06 March 2021
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    The US Central Intelligence Agency has lived up to its cagey reputation after tweeting a romantic riddle to its three million followers over the weekend, not everyone appreciated it though.

    American intelligence agents are no strangers to romance it seems, after the CIA cryptically wished America the best on Valentine's Day through a deciphered poem. 

    “Roses are red. Violets are blue. Happy Valentine’s Day from the CIA to you!” the agency tweeted – the poem was the answer to a code it asked netizens to decrypt on February 12. 

    ​The riddle itself was not a form of torture – unlike some of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the agency in the past – some could joke. Many, however, found CIA’s romantic overtone a little out of sync with its controversial image marred by spying accusations and claims that it has repeatedly meddled in the internal affairs of foreign governments.

    So netizens decided to suggest some alternative endings to the viral poem:

    “Roses are red. Violets are blue. Happy Valentine’s Day, We Can See You!”, one person joked.

    Whatever the CIA’s intention behind the poem, many have suggested that the post was actually really “creepy” and probably “one of the scariest tweets of all time.”

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