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Yevgeny Prigozhin

Wagner Group Leader Calls for End to Russia’s ‘Special Military Operation’

Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Russian paramilitary force, Wagner, has broken with President Putin The remarks, published in a lengthy blog post on Friday, April 14 see the oligarch-turned-PMC leader ramble about the importance of the contested city of Bakhmut, denounce the “deep state” inside of Russia, call for an end to the “special military...

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Iranian Intelligence Official Says China in Line to Buy Tehran’s Drones  

The senior adviser hailed Iran’s “look to the east” policy, a notion promoted by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which calls for an expansion of ties with China and Russia as a long-term strategy to fight off “Western hegemony” and mitigate sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.   The eastward approach, according to the intelligence official, has...

Vladimir Putin

The Future CIA Director’s Prescient Memo on Putin, NATO and Ukraine

From Robert Wright’s Nonzero Newsletter: Burns’s 2008 warning came in two forms—a memo circulated widely within the Bush administration and a more pungently written email he sent to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (an email she shared with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley). The email said that if, at...

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CIA Thought Putin Would Quickly Conquer Ukraine

U.S. intelligence reports at the time predicted that Kyiv would fall quickly, perhaps in a week or two at the most. The predictions spurred the Biden administration to secretly withdraw some key U.S. intelligence assets from Ukraine, including covert former special operations personnel on contract with the CIA, the current and former officials said. Their account...

Volodmyr Zelensky

Behind Zelensky’s Security Shakeup 

From SpyTalk Zelenskyy said that his decisions were based on the sheer volume of treason cases and cooperation with Russia that had been uncovered. He said that “651 criminal proceedings have been registered in Ukraine on charges of treason and collaboration activities of employees of the prosecutor’s office, pre-trial investigation, and other law enforcement agencies....

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