Intel Leaks Point to Deeper US Involvement; US Helped Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Sink ‘Moskva’

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The Pentagon refused to facilitate Poland’s offer of MiG-29s to Ukraine in March due to fears the move would escalate tensions with Russia, drawing the U.S. into a hot war with a nuclear power. But the latest leaks from U.S. intelligence officials to the media suggest our involvement is already much deeper than previously thought.

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported they’d learned from “senior American officials” that the U.S. has “provided intelligence about Russian units that has allowed Ukrainians to target and kill” Russian generals.

According to the report, this “is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine. … The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently.

“The administration has sought to keep much of the battlefield intelligence secret, out of fear it will be seen as an escalation and provoke President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia into a wider war.”

The Times added an update which read: “After this article published, Adrienne Watson, a National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement that the battlefield intelligence was not provided to the Ukrainians ‘with the intent to kill Russian generals.’”

I’m sure Russian President Vladimir Putin will understand.

If U.S. officials refused to participate in transporting Poland’s MiGs to Ukraine because it would be viewed as a provocation by Putin, how do they think this will be received?

The Pentagon trotted out press secretary John Kirby to deny the story, but the damage had already been done.

The Times’ story was followed by an NBC News report on Thursday that U.S. intelligence helped the Ukrainians sink the guided-missile cruiser “Moskva,” the flagship of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea fleet. NBC cited “U.S. officials” as their source.

NBC reported: “The attack happened after Ukrainian forces asked the Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odesa, U.S. officials told NBC News. The U.S. identified it as the Moskva, officials said, and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship.

“The U.S. did not know in advance that Ukraine was going to target the Moskva, officials said, and was not involved in the decision to strike. Maritime intelligence is shared with Ukraine to help it defend against attack from Russian ships, officials added.”


The significance of this loss cannot be overstated. The destruction of the Moskva was more than just an embarrassment to the Russians; it was a serious military setback.

Eastern Europe expert Sergej Sumlenny explains why the sinking of the Moskva was a “disaster” for Russia in a detailed Twitter thread.

One reason is because Turkey will not allow any new Russian vessels to enter the Black Sea, the Moskva cannot be replaced.

Additionally, NBC reported last week that U.S. intelligence helped Ukraine shoot down a Russian transport plane.

I don’t fault the U.S. for helping the beleaguered country, but shouldn’t this information be kept confidential?

Why are senior U.S. officials boasting about their activities to the media? It is reckless, dangerous, and escalatory. It’s also massive violation of their oaths to keep the government’s secrets secret.

War strategy and tactics should remain highly classified. Imagine if intelligence officials had leaked to the press about preparations for Operation Overlord.

In his Thursday night opening monologue, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson claimed that whether we know it or not, the U.S. is already engaged in a hot war with Russia. You may disagree with his assessment, but it’s becoming more obvious by the day we are heading down that path at a pretty fast pace.

Carlson played a clip of Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, who told Fox News’ Brett Baier on Monday, “At the end of the day, we’ve got to realize we’re at war. And we’re not at war just to support the Ukrainian people. We’re fundamentally at war, although somewhat through a proxy, with Russia and it’s important that we win.” 

Responding to Moulton’s remarks, Carlson said: “Wars tend to escalate and wars that are existential for one side, in which the leader of a country feels he may die if he loses, tend to escalate very quickly.” 



I suppose we should not be surprised that intelligence officials are leaking to the media. After all, leaks have become one of the hallmarks of this administration.

But if these leaked reports are true, Putin’s perception of them as “provocative” would be entirely reasonable.

I don’t see how these actions could be construed any other way.



A previous version of this article was published on The Western Journal.
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3 thoughts on “Intel Leaks Point to Deeper US Involvement; US Helped Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Sink ‘Moskva’”

  1. Interesting how Glen Greenwald had something to say about his time at the Intercept, a place he founded, but had to leave because of the problem his startup was trying to avoid. I paraphrase it below.
    Looking at the last few presidents, particularly Bush and Obama, and their track record of starting large brush fires, Donald Trump, by comparison, lobbed several missiles in Syria as his worst real foreign policy offense. Bush and Obama were the real offenders when comparing to how Trump handled conflict, making Trump the piker.
    That makes Trump actually the more superior when dealing with adversaries, and the Bush and Obama the problems. Now, Biden, the lesser, is following with his unique style of engaging in mis-directed foreign policy, and his version is capable of starting a world war. Says a lot about Democrats and neocons, doesn’t it?

    Greenwald was shocked about the way his peers were more concerned about their “appearances” among their peers than journalistic integrity, which is why he says he packed up and left. Glen admits, freely, that Trump was a much better president that the previous two, and that the current one is just flat out dangerous, which puts him in a precarious position with those former peers.

    You have to look at a lot of garbage from the Obama administration, that was done by Biden as VP, regarding Ukraine, to get to where we are now.
    Then, looking at how Democrats form foreign policy, you have to take a lot of crap with your ice cream to try to make sense of all of it.
    My concensus is that, with all the pre-war damage that Biden and friends did to Ukraine, including all the money he and his son siphoned out, and all the time it took to set up WWIII, it can make one quite dizzy. We focus on recent headlines, about Zelensky being a Soros stooge, or some NAZI Brigade, when the problem that started all the Ukraine mess was straight up Democrat staging for future conflict, use to distract from every problem they caused domestically.
    There are no honest players here, except for the one who lost a stolen election, and the Ukrainian people. Huge deception game, too.

    I mentioned something about Biden being the one who starts a nuclear war, not Putin, yesterday. Looking at it a little deeper and historically, does it not look more plausible, now? Biden has set in motion the probability of launching a nuke. Putin is trying to maintain his power, and learned a few bad strategic moves of the chessboard, while John Kirby is sent out to do his best imitation of a redhead who circles back, too often.

      • I guess that’s a pretty good question. I see bits and pieces of logic and reason, someone writes a piece that gives me a place to respond and add to their points, and occasionally I push the idea out that there are alternatives to express.

        I’ll work on this one, today.

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