Pentagon Leaks: Dozens of classified U.S. documents were leaked and are now circulating on the Internet.
Images of sensitive files have been visible on Discord in the messaging app since February.
Complete with a timeline and dozens of military acronyms, the document, some of which is marked “top secret,” paints a detailed picture of the war in Ukraine and also provides information on China and its allies.
Pentagon officials have reportedly said the documents are genuine.
The press has reviewed several documents and these are some of the key findings.
Western special forces in Ukraine
The March 23 document mentions the presence of a small number of Western special forces operating in Ukraine, but does not specify their activities. The United Kingdom had the largest number of delegates (50), followed by Latvia (17), France (15), the United States (14) and the Netherlands (1).
Western governments typically do not comment on sensitive issues like this, but the details could be picked up by Moscow, which in recent months claims to be confronting NATO as well as Ukraine.
Other documents describe when 12 new Ukrainian brigades will be ready for an attack that may begin in the coming weeks. They detail the tanks, armored vehicles and artillery provided by Ukraine’s Western allies. The map includes a timeline assessing soil conditions across eastern Ukraine during the spring.
According to The Washington Post, documents from early February expressed concern about Ukraine’s ability to succeed in its next counterattack, saying it had problems generating and maintaining sufficient force, “a modest amount of territory.” He said it could lead to gains.
Ukraine’s difficulties in maintaining vital air defenses have also been analyzed, including a late February warning that Kiev could run out of critical missiles.
The number of casualties is also listed. One slide mentions up to 223,000 Russian soldiers and up to 131,000 Ukrainians killed or wounded.
Some Ukrainian officials have dismissed the leaks, suggesting they may be a Russian disinformation campaign.But there are also signs of frustration and anger. Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted: “We need less contemplation on ‘leaks’ and more long-range weapons in order to properly end the war.”
Egypt was secretly planning to supply missiles to Russia
The Washington Post obtained access to another document in mid-February, finding that Egypt had secret plans to build 40,000 missiles for Russia.
According to The Washington Post, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has instructed officials to keep production and shipments secret “to avoid problems with the West.”
“Egypt could do the least to repay Russia for previously unspecified aid, so it will order people to work shifts as needed,” one official said. It is unclear what the previous aid refers to.
In January, Reuters reported that Russia’s share of Egyptian wheat imports had increased in 2022, offering a possible explanation. There is no indication that Egypt has carried out the proposed sale to Russia. It is unclear whether this was the result of a direct warning from Washington. However, Egypt is one of the largest recipients of US security aid, worth about $1 billion a year and gives the US government significant leverage.
An unnamed official quoted by an Egyptian news channel said the document’s allegations were “completely unfounded” and said Cairo was taking neither side in the war.
The Kremlin, on the other hand, described the claim as “just a duck.”
South Korea torn apart over weapons handover to Ukraine
Confidential documents reveal that South Korea was at odds over selling weapons for use in Ukraine. The report is based on Signals Intelligence and details sensitive conversations between national security advisers.
They are torn between U.S. pressure to send ammunition to Ukraine and the U.S. policy of not arming countries at war. One of his advisers suggests sending artillery shells to Poland instead, so as not to give the impression that the United States has given in.
As part of last year’s supply deal, Seoul insisted the US could not hand over artillery to Ukraine. Seoul was reluctant to arm Ukraine for fear of angering Russia.
The leak raised security concerns in Seoul, leaving opposition politicians wondering how the United States was able to intercept such high-level conversations.
China conducted tests of an experimental hypersonic weapon in February
The Post also found that Beijing tested one of its experimental missiles, the DF-27 hypersonic glider, on February 25.
According to documents, the missile flew a distance of 2,100 km (1,300 miles) in 12 minutes.
The Post reported that the experimental missile had a “high probability” of penetrating the US ballistic missile defense system.
Their analysis also included details of how China’s new warships and missiles will be launched in March, boosting China’s mapping capabilities.