PresU.S. EDGING CLOSER TO A DIRECT WAR WITH RUSSIA: ident Biden worries that intelligence leaks could get the U.S. in a direct war with Russia that no one has prepared the American people or Congress for.
By: The Professor
Truenewsblog – The war in Ukraine has seen the U.S. share unprecedented levels of intelligence with Ukraine. The United States and other Western governments have stepped up preemptive public disclosures of intelligence to undermine Russian messaging. All these talks about sharing intelligence with Kyiv begin to worry the White House that the Intel is getting too public.
The New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence had helped lead Ukrainians to kill Russian generals and sink the Moskva flagship in the Black Sea. On Friday President JOE BIDEN called CIA Director WILLIAM BURNS, Director of National Intelligence AVRIL HAINES and Defense Secretary LLOYD AUSTIN and told them: Plug the leaks. Biden deemed the disclosures distracting and counterproductive.
Tom Friedman of the New York Times reports that Biden said “in the strongest and most colorful language that this kind of loose talk is reckless and has got to stop immediately — before we end up in an unintended war with Russia.
“The staggering takeaway from these leaks is that they suggest we are no longer in an indirect war with Russia but rather edging towards a direct war and no one has prepared the American people or Congress for that.” Said the president. The National Security Daily reported that the stories have not been a “coordinated leak” from the White House, but they have angered officials in Europe and in the U.S.
The fear of giving Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN ammunition to escalate is top on the mind of both U.S. and European officials as the U.S. tries to navigate supporting Ukraine without directly getting involved in the war.
Administration officials insist there are clear limits on the intelligence it shares with Ukraine, including a ban against providing precision targeting intelligence for senior Russian leaders by name,” CNN’s Katie Bo Lillis, Jeremy Herb and Zachary Cohen report.
Yet some current and former officials have suggested that the limits the Biden administration have drawn are arbitrary, in part because the end result is the same – Ukrainian strikes that kill senior Russian leaders.
But all said and one it appears that the U.S. wants to continue to share intelligence with Ukraine but does not necessarily wants the media or any unconcerned parties to know or write about it.