Last week, WikiLeaks released a June 2009 CIA report on Best Practices in Counterinsurgency: Making High-Value Targeting Operations an Effective Counterinsurgency Tool. The report is classified secret and labeled NoForn, designating that it should not be distributed to non US nationals. The Washington Post, ABC News, and other news outlets stress the report s findings that targeted assassinations had limited impacts on Taliban targets. While this leaked report does criticize the effectiveness of some High-Value Target (HVT) assassination operations, such characterizations mistake the CIA s argument that not all counterinsurgency problems can be solved with targeted assassinations as an argument against such operations. Far from dismissing HVT operations, the report advocates them in select conditions.