What is known about the leak of U.S. secrets
April 11, 2023 - The U.S. is investigating the release of dozens of classified documents to assess the damage to national security and relations with allies and other countries, including Ukraine.
U.S. officials believe most of the materials are genuine. Some, however, appear to have been altered to show inflated U.S. estimates for Ukrainian battlefield casualties since Russia invaded in February 2022, as well as understated numbers for Russian forces.
It is unclear which of the documents might have been salted with misinformation and if they could be part of a Russian misinformation operation or a U.S. scheme to mislead Moscow about Kyiv’s war plans.
On Monday the Pentagon said that the documents appear to be similar to the daily updates provided to its senior leaders, though there appear to be some inaccuracies.
The documents first appeared last month on social media websites, beginning with Discord and 4Chan, Reuters said.
In addition to highly detailed information about the war in Ukraine, some of the leaked documents are said to cast light on sensitive briefing materials relating to U.S. allies.
Other documents reportedly focus on defence and security issues in the Middle East as well as in the Indo-Pacific region, the BBC said.