The American media continue to discuss the data of American intelligence that got into the network. Some of them, according to The New York Times, relate to the situation in Artemovsk (the Ukrainian name is Bakhmut).
For the most part, the papers are operational reports compiled by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff based on intelligence. They indicate that the American side is monitoring the actions of the top military and political leadership of Ukraine in order to “have a clear idea” about the country’s strategy.
“As of February 25, Ukrainian forces were practically surrounded by Russian troops in Bakhmut,” the newspaper cites an excerpt from the document.
The report notes that the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, at that time assessed the situation of Ukrainian troops as “catastrophic”. At the same time, he proposed to deploy elite units under his command in Bakhmut for two weeks in order to push back Russian troops and prevent them from blocking supply routes.
The newspaper studied more than 50 pages that relate to the activities of the US National Security Agency, the CIA, the Pentagon Intelligence Agency and the National Office of Military Space Intelligence.
It is indicated that the published documents contain data on US surveillance of its allies. “While this is unlikely to surprise officials in these countries, the disclosure of such eavesdropping always makes it difficult to deal with key partners such as South Korea, whose help is needed to supply Ukraine with weapons,” writes The New York Times.
Intelligence reports allegedly indicate that U.S. structures are also monitoring Ukraine’s top military and political leadership, “reflecting Washington’s struggle to get a clear picture of Ukraine’s combat strategies.”
Ukrainian officials themselves claim that this data is a fake, aimed at “sowing mistrust among Ukraine’s partners.”
An intelligence officer from one of the Western countries, in a conversation with the NYT, expressed concern that Washington could limit the allies’ access to intelligence. Some of the leaked documents were labeled “Secret/Noforn”, indicating that they contained data not intended to be shared with other countries.
“According to the official, the provision of materials by various agencies to each other requires trust and guarantees that certain confidential information will be kept secret,” the NYT notes.
The publication also claims that documents have been leaked to the network that contain “daily real-time warnings from US intelligence agencies about the timing of Moscow’s strikes and even about its specific targets.” According to the publication, intelligence work allows “the United States to pass important information to Ukraine on how to protect itself.”
The publication, citing documents, notes that “almost every Russian security service has been infiltrated in one way or another by the United States.” As an example, the newspaper points to an entry marked “Top Secret”. It allegedly “discusses the plans of the Russian General Staff to counter the tanks that NATO countries supplied to Ukraine, including the creation of various “zones of fire” and the beginning of training Russian soldiers in the vulnerabilities of various allied tanks.”
The materials also reveal how Washington assesses the state of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, “which are themselves in a difficult situation.” “The leaked material, dated late February and early March, but discovered in recent days on social networks, notes an acute shortage of air defense ammunition and discusses the successes achieved by Russian troops in the area of the eastern city of Bakhmut,” the American newspaper says.
It is too early to talk about the real damage caused by the leak, writes NYT. But it could potentially allow Moscow to cut off sources of information that the United States has previously used to collect data. This, in turn, can affect the situation on the battlefield.
On Friday, April 7, the FBI launched an investigation that US officials say will soon determine the source of the leak. One NYT source questioned whether this could be done quickly, as “hundreds, if not thousands, of U.S. military and other government officials have the security clearances needed to gain access to the documents.”
Secret data was published in Discord, a popular chat platform among gamers, back in late February – early March. The hastily made photos of the papers were posted by a user under the nickname Wow Mao.
In April, two more batches of intelligence appeared on social networks. In addition to Ukraine, they talk about American national security issues in the Middle East and China.
The Washington Post notes that “officials became aware that the documents had gone public around the time the New York Times first reported the leak, which was Thursday.”
According to the newspaper, US officials and their allies were “appalled and in some cases enraged” by the secret documents that had previously been released online. They, in particular, indicated the details of how “the United States is spying on friends and enemies”,
Two interlocutors of the publication said that the Pentagon leadership after the leak limited the transfer of intelligence. They did not explain what exactly the measure is, but stressed that it is “extremely strict”. One of the sources told the publication that the reaction of the US defense department indicates a “high level of panic” among the leadership of the department.
WP notes that some of the documents most likely came from the Pentagon. They contain “tactical information about the war in Ukraine, including the country’s combat capabilities,” the publication emphasizes. A Feb. 23 review of the fighting in the Donbass predicts a “debilitating campaign of attrition” by Russia that “probably leads to a stalemate preventing Moscow from taking over the entire region in 2023.”
It is noted that “an analysis of the US intelligence services about Russia and a number of other countries, based on information obtained from secret sources” was also published.
In addition, netizens were able to find out “where the CIA recruited agents involved in the closed conversations of world leaders”, and “what types of satellite images the US uses to track Russian troops.” Including we are talking about advanced technologies that are unlikely to be advertised anywhere.