On Saturday, American officials and their foreign allies were in a frenzy trying to comprehend the leak of numerous classified intelligence documents on the internet.
The level of detail the files exposed about how the United States conducts espionage on both friends and foes alike left them stunned and, at times, enraged, The Washington Post reported.
The documents, some of which seem to have originated from the Pentagon and are highly classified, contain tactical information about the war in Ukraine, including the country’s combat capabilities.
According to a defense official, many of the documents were seemingly prepared for Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior military officials during the winter but were accessible to other U.S. personnel and contract employees with the necessary security clearances.
In addition, U.S. intelligence agencies’ analyses of Russia and other nations, all based on classified sources, are included in the documents, as reported by The Washington Post.
The series of comprehensive briefings and summaries provides a rare glimpse into the internal workings of American intelligence operations.
Among the secrets revealed, the documents seem to disclose the locations where the CIA has recruited human agents with access to private discussions among world leaders.
The eavesdropping also shows that a Russian mercenary group attempted to acquire weapons from a NATO ally to use against Ukraine.
Additionally, the documents reveal the types of satellite imagery that the United States uses to monitor Russian forces, including advanced technology that has hardly been identified publicly, if at all.
Officials from various countries are attempting to evaluate the extent of the damage from the disclosures, with many questioning how they remained undetected for so long.
A number of highly classified documents, containing photographs of several dozen pages, were shared on Discord, a chat platform popular among gamers, on February 28th and March 2nd by a user to a server called “Wow Mao”.
Although some of the documents appear to be detailed assessments of Ukraine’s battlefield status that were created for senior Pentagon leaders during the winter, officials only became aware of their existence on a public server when the New York Times first reported the leak on Thursday.
People familiar with the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed this.
Written by staff