Top Biden administration officials are attempting to calm international allies’ ire over a number of documents that have recently appeared online and are purported to include top-secret Pentagon intelligence.
Numerous papers that purport to demonstrate American intelligence regarding the conflict in Ukraine and the governments of some of the country’s key allies have been released online. Although it has teamed up with the Department of Justice to look into the papers, the Pentagon has declined to either confirm or dispute the validity of the leaks. According to The New York Times, the alleged security breach has alarmed and worried foreign nations about the security of intelligence in American hands.
In a news conference on Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken as well as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin claimed they had spoken with foreign authorities to “reassure them.”
“The previous few days have seen high level engagement with partners and allies, particularly reassuring them regarding our own dedication to protecting intelligence and, of course, our dedication to our security partnerships,” according to Blinken.
Austin stated that it is still unclear when the leak may have occurred or how much U.S. intelligence may have been leaked.
“The documents that are known to us are dated February 28 and March 1. I’m not sure whether there are any more docs that were previously available online. We will learn more about these issues as our investigation continues,” he added. “We’ll keep looking into it and try to figure out what the full scope of the activity is.”
According to the papers, several nations, including Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, have been implicated in stirring up anti-Israeli demonstrations. The claims have been rejected by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as being “mendacious.”
A special military unit from the NATO coalition, according to another document, may have been present in Ukraine. According to reports, the group included soldiers from the United States, France, and numerous other nations. France has refuted rumors that it has troops stationed there.
Following the release of papers that allegedly proved that the United States government had spied on South Korea, South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol has been defending himself against criticism of his connection with the United States from the opposition party. Yoon claims that although the relationship with the United States is “strong,” “the Korean people are really upset that the United States has stopped trusting South Korea.”