Is this only the first of many leaks to come? | DW News

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Officials in the United States are scrambling to identify the source of an apparent breach of highly classified documents.
The leak reportedly gives details on a range of topics, including Ukraine’s air defense and Israel’s spy agency.
Chris Meagher, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, told reporters on Monday that the online leaks presented a “very serious” risk to national security.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has reached out to allies and worked to assess the leaks since he became aware of them on Thursday, Meagher said. The department is looking closely at “how this type of information is distributed and to whom,” he added.
State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters that officials “are engaging with allies and partners at high levels over this, including to reassure them of our commitment to safeguarding intelligence and the fidelity of securing our partnerships.”
While the Defense Department is still assessing the validity of photographed documents circulating online, they “appear to contain sensitive and highly classified material,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said on Sunday.
Twitter, Telegram, Discord and other platforms have seen a flow of leaked documents in the last few days and new documents continue to appear online.

The areas addressed in the documents include Russia’s war in Ukraine, China, the Middle East, and Africa.
News agency Reuters reports that one of the documents, dated February 23 and bearing the mark “Secret,” mentions how Ukraine’s S-300 air defense systems would be depleted by May 2 at the current usage rate.
Officials have told the Washington Post that some documents appear to have been manipulated but some others were consistent with CIA World Intelligence Review reports that are shared at high levels within the White House, Pentagon, and State Department.
The US media said that the leak could prove valuable to Russia by shedding light on how deeply US intelligence has penetrated parts of the Russian military structure.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. This administration has done nothing but sowed division, racial politics and weaponizing various law enforcement agencies against political rivals.
    We Americans have been tricked and lied too in regards to certain segments of our society. We should have not ignored all the obvious red flags but we Americans hopefully learn a valuable lesson and never forget.

  2. As a person from the outside I am very, very concerned about the political turmoil, the homeless on the streets and the school shootouts in the US. The UN peace troops need to be placed in America urgently to protect human rights, demonCrazy, and freeDOOM.

  3. …so ICESOLATION in the GLOBAL WARMING and after PANDEMIC QUARANTINE that for a NEW DAMN NORMALITY of these DAMN ORDINARY PEOPLE worst than the FREAK ONES… almost there but WAY to NOT GO in EVOLUTION…!?!?

  4. …in the name of the UNREAL COWVOID been in HEART and SOUL with the IRANIAN PEOPLE…U ALL KNOW is ALL about HEART or HALF HEART as well as HATEFULL LOVE GUT for the WOLVES…!?!?

  5. …an EARTHQUAKE worst than the one in SIRIA should CRUSH ALL U R KRAINE so U ALL see where U R STANDING TRUELY…what a CALVARY!!!… seems like U R KRAINE is TRUELY the GENERAL ARMAGEDDON or Har Meggido land…!?!?

  6. … LYCAN ADEL WOLF SAID…" the RACE and the NATION as the base of u r EXISTANCE and UNIVERSAL FUNDAMENT will be the END of every NATURAL ORDER CONCEIBED by the HUMAN MIND"…!?!?

  7. So you have a critical leak in a critical moment and the best you do is call all the media and scream it to the world, to let everybody know that you are a little bit more weak now… No thank you, sounds more like a trap. PD: In high intelligence stages, every country leaks info every day, intel collectors are on the move always, and now more than never.

  8. the sad part is, no matter who wins the tax payer and Ukraine lose, only politicians will gain anything, Russia wants to take advantage of Ukraine, Biden along with several democrats and many Republicans want to continue to take advantage of Ukraine, taxpayers are losing millions to pay for the politicians' personal gains

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