It has been rather apparent of late that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not going the way that Vladimir Putin intended for it to go.
The Russia President had suggested prior to the war that Russian troops would take Kyiv in hours, (either 13 hours or 72 hours depending on who you asked), but after 14 months of fighting Moscow is truly nowhere close to achieving these goals.
This, despite constant and consistent escalations in tactics, as well as a number of massive civilian mobilizations.
Now, a wild new rumor has leaked from deep within the American intelligence community, and it reeks of sabotage.
Last week, classified documents from a Pentagon intelligence report made their way onto Telegram and Twitter after leaking on Discord. The leaks appear to have been printed out and photographed before being removed from a secure location. Along with information about troop movements and casualties in Ukraine, the documents also contain daily intelligence briefings, a collection of short bits of information from various sources around the world.
One of those slides suggested that Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev and Russian Chief of the General Staff Valeriy Gerasimov have a plan to sabotage Putin while he’s getting treatment for cancer.
Some rather specific information was being cited in the report.
“According to the [source], who received the information from an unidentified Russian source with access to Kremlin officials, Russia planned to divert resources from the Taganrog, Russia to Mariupol, Ukraine and focus its attention on the southern front,” the memo said. “According to [the source], the plan for ‘the offensive’…was suspected to be a strategy devised by Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev and Russian Chief of the General Staff Valeriy Gerasimov to sabotage Putin.”
The move certainly wouldn’t be out of the norm in Russia, especially after it was revealed that recent failed nuclear tests that the Kremlin hoped to carry out failed, with a number of international experts suggesting that these tests were sabotaged to avoid a heavy international response.
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