Ukraine says many war secrets safe from intel leaks
Ukraine’s leaders say they do not see US intelligence leaks as a serious threat to future attacks. One main reason: They have long shied away from sharing their most sensitive operational information, doubting Washington’s ability to protect their secrets.
Ukrainian and US officials said this week that only the Ukrainians know some battle plans and other operational information, not the Americans, their most important ally. That means the leak of classified military documents, including an assessment of Ukraine’s battlefield strengths and weaknesses against Russia, may not have been enough — so far — to change the course of the war. “If military operations are planned, only a very narrow circle of people know about the special operations plan,” Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Malier said on Wednesday. “The risk of leakage is very low” for the most important war cases.
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The US takes the leak seriously. The documents contain previously unreported sensitive revelations about Ukraine, South Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and others. Senior Biden administration officials are working to stem the flow of classified information on social media and websites and prevent any lasting damage to relationships with allies and strategic partners. And other harmful materials may still surface. As leaked documents continue to appear online, future revelations could be more damaging to Ukraine than what has been published so far.
Russia is making it clear that it is studying every secret. “Very interesting,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of the leak.
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