Biden wants intelligence to stop leaking over data sharing with Ukraine – media – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

US president reportedly says such leaks are counterproductive and ‘divert’ from purpose

US President Joe Biden has told senior intelligence officials that leaks regarding alleged intelligence sharing with Ukraine should stop because they “distractfrom the goal, NBC News reported Friday amid the ongoing Russian military offensive.

During the phone conversation with CIA Director William Burns, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Biden praised the work of the intelligence services but stressed that the disclosures are counterproductive. and should cease, the outlet said, citing two unnamed administration officials.

None of the intelligence services has commented on the case.

NBC’s report came a day after several US media outlets claimed US-provided data allowed Ukrainian forces to strike Russia’s Black Sea flagship ‘Moskva’ off Odessa last month. . Pentagon spokesman John Kirby denied the reports, saying “the Ukrainians have their own intelligence capabilities to track and target Russian Navy ships, as they did in this case.Russia insists its guided-missile cruiser was not attacked, but sank on April 14 after a fire on board detonated ammunition.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that the United States allegedly provided kyiv with intelligence data enabling the Ukrainian military to target and kill scores of Russian generals. This report was dismissed by Kirby, who at the same time acknowledged that sharing “intelligence on the battlefield to help Ukraine defend its countrywas part of the assistance provided by Washington to kyiv.

Last week, NBC claimed that the United States had provided Ukraine with “almost in real time“data that would have helped him shoot down a Russian transport plane carrying”hundreds of soldiers.“Commenting on this report, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council simply stated that the United States was “regularly providing detailed and timely intelligence to Ukrainians on the battlefield to help them defend their country against Russian aggression and will continue to do so.

On May 5, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russian authorities knew that the US, UK and NATO “on a permanent basis” transmit intelligence and other data to kyiv.

Along with the flow of weapons that these same countries and alliances send to Ukraine, all these actions do not contribute to the rapid completion of the operation, but at the same time they are not able to hinder the achievement objectives set during the special military operation,said Peskov.

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Several former US intelligence and government officials have taken to social media to call on the Biden administration to stop speaking to the press on intelligence matters.

Commenting on the New York Times report on the alleged US role in targeting Russian generals, former CIA officer John Sipher, who served in Russia, wrote:Fine. Shut up about it.

The Pentagon announced last week that the United States had already spent $4.3 billion to support Ukraine’s military since 2021.

Russia attacked its neighboring state after Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Minsk Protocol, brokered by Germany and France, was designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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