WP found out that the United States banned the transfer of data on the Russian military leadership to Ukraine
The American leadership has drawn up internal guidelines for the exchange of intelligence with Ukraine in order to avoid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow, The Washington Post (WP) newspaper writes, citing sources.
According to the publication, the document prohibits the US military and civil servants from transmitting to Kyiv detailed information about the whereabouts of representatives of the Russian military leadership of the highest rank. We are talking about high-ranking military leaders and ministers. For example, restrictions apply, among other things, to the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (AF) Valery Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
The administration has developed an intelligence-sharing guide that aims to avoid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow.
At the same time, the document does not prohibit talking about the whereabouts of Russian officers (including generals) in Ukraine. As the source explained, despite this, as a precautionary measure, an unspoken rule was adopted not to share information about the generals either.
The document spelled out a ban on the dissemination of data for strikes against Russian targets located outside the borders of Ukraine. The United States fears that Washington may be recognized as a party to the strikes that Ukraine can allegedly inflict on Russian territory.
In real time
The author, citing sources in Washington and Kyiv, writes that the United States in other cases transmits intelligence data to Ukraine “in real time”. Information about the movements of the Russian military in Ukraine is received, including from satellite images, as well as “from confidential sources.”
This risks provoking the Kremlin to retaliate against the United States and its allies, and also increases the risk of a direct conflict between the two nuclear powers.
The interlocutors of the publication explained that the American side shares data with Ukraine in “self-defense purposes.” In practice, Washington has little control over how classified information can be used.
Russian military assassinations
On May 5, The New York Times published an article stating that intelligence supplied by the United States led to the death of Russian officers. The number of soldiers killed was not disclosed. The publication pointed to the fact that the United States had repeatedly opposed the transfer of such information to Kyiv.
After that, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the United States is providing Ukraine with useful, relevant and timely intelligence. According to him, Washington’s assistance is limited.
It’s legal, legal and limited
American leader Joe Biden considered the role of the United States exaggerated after intelligence leaks. White House press secretary Jen Psaki reported that the head of state was dissatisfied with the leaks and did not believe that they were constructive.
Biden later demanded that the transfer of such information to Kyiv be stopped. “They distract from our goal,” he added, calling them “counterproductive.” CIA chief William Burns criticized the media leaks.
I absolutely agree that it’s irresponsible, very risky and dangerous for people to talk too much, whether it’s leaking in a private conversation or talking publicly about specific intelligence issues.
Moscow reacted harshly to the US actions. The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, addressed the head of the CIA, Burns, with the words “it’s too late to drink Borjomi.” He believes that Washington’s violations can no longer be hidden.
It’s too late to drink Borjomi, Mr. Burns. You and I know each other well, we met at Spaso House. Remember I hope? You are unlikely to be able to gloss over the direct involvement of the United States in the killing of Russian troops and the transfer of intelligence
As Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained, the transfer of US intelligence to Kyiv does not contribute to the quick completion of the special operation, but does not prevent it from being completed.