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Thursday, December 1, 2022

The CIA Thought Putin Would Quickly Conquer Ukraine. Why did get it so wrong? | The Intercept

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According to the officials, the CIA was already strategizing how to provide covert assistance for a Ukrainian uprising in the event that Russia won the war in February. 

At the time, U.S. intelligence sources expected that Kiev would fall soon, possibly in a week or two. According to current and former officials, the projections prompted the Biden administration to covertly remove some significant U.S. intelligence assets from Ukraine, including former special operations officers working under contract with the CIA. One former senior U.S. intelligence official with knowledge of what the CIA was reporting when the Russian invasion started claimed that the CIA “got it entirely wrong.” “They believed Russia would triumph immediately.”

Source: https://theintercept.com/2022/10/05/russia-ukraine-putin-cia/

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