The foreign policy establishment has made a mess of things over the past several decades.
Donald Trump’s noninterventionist instincts were why he was so hated by the Deep State.
Now America’s top spy is concerned about a disturbing machine the U.S. helped create.
The CIA and tens of billions of taxpayer dollars helped build up Ukraine’s intelligence service, and they may have done too good of a job.
According to a Washington Post column, the CIA is concerned that Ukraine has gone too far in its efforts to combat Russia.
One CIA official told the Post, “If Ukraine’s intelligence operations become even bolder — targeting Russians in third countries, for example — you could imagine how that might cause rifts with partners and come into serious tension with Ukraine’s broader strategic goals.”
Concern grows over “liquidation” machine
The CIA voiced concerns about Ukraine’s targeting of Russian citizens for “liquidation.”
One such assassination target was Darya Dugina, daughter of philosopher and Vladimir Putin adviser Aleksandr Dugin.
The Post reported that “[m]any of Ukraine’s clandestine operations have had clear military objectives and contributed to the country’s defense. The car bombing that killed Daria Dugina, however, underscored Ukraine’s embrace of what officials in Kyiv refer to as ‘liquidations’ as a weapon of war. Over the past 20 months, the SBU and its military counterpart, the GUR, have carried out dozens of assassinations against Russian officials…Those killed include a former Russian submarine commander jogging in a park in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar and a militant blogger at a cafe in St. Petersburg, according to Ukrainian and Western officials.”
Even Ukrainian officials believe that the “liquidations” have been excessive.
A senior Ukrainian security official told the Post, “We have too many enemies who are more important to neutralize…People who launch missiles. People who committed atrocities in Bucha.”
Helping source and analyze a firehose of information
The CIA helped Ukraine enhance its surveillance with state-of-the-art equipment.
A former senior official for the GUR, Ukraine’s military intelligence unit, said, “In one day we could intercept 250,000 to 300,000 separate communications…There was so much information that we couldn’t manage it ourselves.”
The data was then analyzed by the CIA and NSA.
The GUR official added that the CIA contributed “millions of dollars” to the project.
Building up another clandestine intelligence service that pulls off assassination missions on foreign soil perhaps not what the CIA intended.
This is one unintended consequence of funding forever wars around the globe.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.