In a full-blown investigation, the intelligence community and the Justice Department are getting closer to discovering how sensitive files related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine were leaked. The Justice Department and the Pentagon are working tirelessly to uncover how these documents, containing maps and charts for top US military officials and national security personnel, got out.
Recent document leak was an amateur operation
The leak, which initially appeared to be an amateur-style operation, revealed that the documents were shared via video game forums on Discord, a popular social media platform among gamers. A user, identified by The Washington Post as the leader and going by the alias OG, started sharing photos of the documents online. Eventually, Russian Telegram channels picked up on them, and The New York Times broke the story.
There are concerns that the leaks could affect Ukraine’s war effort. The documents reveal questions and concerns about their spring offensive, raising eyebrows globally. However, the Biden administration has downplayed the risk, claiming that no one thing will halt Ukraine’s plan.
The intelligence leaks disclose information about ongoing spying of allies
In addition to the military risks, the leaks also disclose sensitive information about the United States spying on allies. Unflattering and frank comments about allies like South Korea, Israel, and Turkey have caused a stir, especially as they expose the diplomatic dance the US has been performing to rally support for Ukraine.
This intelligence leak is reminiscent of other significant cases in recent American history, such as Chelsea Manning’s leak to WikiLeaks in 2010 and Edward Snowden’s 2013 NSA surveillance revelations. This recurring problem highlights the vulnerability of top-secret information when millions of people have security clearance.
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