Rada security committee member on "Pentagon leak": ideal way to spread disinformation

10.04.2023, 15:26
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Serhii Rakhmanin (photo - Golos press service)

Serhii Rakhmanin, a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, said that the Pentagon's intelligence "leak" includes both true and falsified data, which can serve as part of a disinformation campaign, he told Radio Svoboda.

According to the MP, part of the published information "corresponds to reality". However, some of the data looks like "targeted misinformation".

"I think that at some stage they just decided to create [disinformation], and I think that this is what our enemies decided to do. This is the best way to create disinformation: take part of the true information, mix it with false information in order to make it more difficult to [separate]," said Rakhmanin.

According to the parliamentarian, it could be an accidental leak. Such "dumps" happen when a very large number of people have access to the information, he noted.

Rakhmanin added that there were no secrets in the published documents that would allow "to delve into the details of the planned counteroffensive of the Armed Forces."

REFERENCE. On April 6, 2023, the New York Times reported a "leak" of allegedly classified documents from the Pentagon online, some of which relate to Ukraine's preparations for a counteroffensive (as of early March). About 100 sheets of A4 presentation appeared, probably intended for the NATO military, some marked "top secret" and "not for foreigners". It is not known to what extent these documents are forged, who leaked them to the Internet and for what purpose. Washington believes that part of the "leak" was falsified by Russia. All sides say publicly that this could be psyops to deceive the adversary. Kyiv declared that it was fake and "it does not concern the real plans of Ukraine." Defense Intelligence stated that it is necessary to wait for the results of the investigation, but there is no reason to worry.
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