Kyiv has changed some military plans due to an alleged leak of US classified military documents, a source close to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN.
The publication’s article on the alleged leak does not provide further details about what these plans are and what changes have been made to them.
In total, CNN studied 53 documents, which are believed to have been prepared between mid-February and early March. One of them indicates that the United States is spying on Zelensky. According to a source close to the Ukrainian president, this is not surprising, but Ukrainian officials are disappointed by the alleged leak.
So, in one of the American reports, which was compiled based on the results of electronic intelligence, it is said that Zelensky at the end of February “proposed to strike at the places of deployment of Russian troops in the Rostov region of Russia” using drones, since Ukraine does not have such long-range weapons.
This information, according to CNN, may explain the public statements of the United States about the unwillingness to transfer long-range missile systems to Ukraine for fear that Kyiv will use them for strikes on the territory of the Russian Federation.
In turn, the US Department of Defense stated that they continue to check the authenticity of the “leaked” documents. Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh noted that efforts have also been made to assess the impact of these documents on the national security of the United States and its allies.
A Reuters source among U.S. officials told Reuters that investigators are considering four main theories for the alleged leak, from employee dissatisfaction to deliberate sabotage to undermine U.S. national security.
Western media began to report on the alleged leak of secret Pentagon documents that appeared on social networks in early April. The published documents contain evidence that the United States is spying not only on potential adversaries, but also on allies, as well as plans by the United States and NATO to build up Ukraine’s armed forces ahead of the upcoming counteroffensive. At the same time, some of the “merged” documents were edited.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the alleged leak, said that “Russia has no doubt that the United States or NATO is directly or indirectly involved in the conflict” in Ukraine. Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, hinted that the documents about the Ukrainian offensive that appeared on social networks are a fake of Russian intelligence.
Source : Meduza