US leaked docs make Ukraine troops look like proxy war pawns: Expert
The founder of the German-based think tank says discovering the leaked documents that late reflects on US failed intelligence.
The Pentagon's leaked classified documents showed how the United States perceives Ukrainian forces as pawns in a proxy war, the president and founder of a German-based think tank, The Schiller Institute, told TASS.
"These leaks reveal on the one side the total surveillance control concerning the actual military situation in Ukraine, which makes the Ukrainian troops look like a pawn in a proxy war, not exactly a comfortable place to be. But then it is not so flattering that US intelligence only noticed these documents in April, after they had been circulating since January," Helga Zepp-LaRouche told the news site.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that Jack Teixeira, 21, the Air National Guardsman accused of leaking classified Pentagon documents, had been posting the information months earlier than previously known and to a much larger chat group.
According to the newspaper, soon after the start of the Ukraine war, “a user profile matching that of Airman Jack Teixeira began posting secret intelligence on the Russian war effort on a previously undisclosed chat group on Discord” that contained about 600 members.
"This continuous pattern of the US spying on so-called allies, will for sure erode trust in working with the US more and more," Zepp-LaRouche noted.
"The really disturbing issue is the implication of disinformation about the actual assessment of Ukraine’s chances of ‘winning this war on the battlefield’," she continued.
"If the US services had a much more pessimistic and actually more realistic view about the inability of the Ukrainians to ‘win,’ but consciously portrayed this estimate differently, then not only were the Ukrainian people sacrificed, but also the allies were lured into a policy of sending more and heavier weapons, which eventually is making them a target of a potential escalation."
"The sanctions against Russia and the weaponization of the dollar are completely backfiring: the de-dollarization is fully proceeding," she said adding that, "the information war is lost as well, when the entire Global South does not buy the US narrative," she added.