About the Ukraine Intel Leaks
Forget the leaker culture-war. The intelligence itself is worrisome.
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1. About the Ukraine Leaks
Don’t let your brain turn the Ukraine intel leaks into a front of the culture war. Now that we have the alleged leaker and he turns out to be a right-wing incel, the usual suspects want to make this another kabuki fight. Don’t let them.
The justice system will deal with Jack Teixeira.
The much more important subject is the substance of the leaked information.
The most worrisome takeaways from the documents are that portions of the defense establishment believe that:
Ukraine’s air defenses are vulnerable enough that Russia could establish air superiority.
There are ammunition and logistics shortfalls for the Ukrainian military that exceed what was generally understood.
Optimistic projections for Ukraine’s spring counteroffensive are likely too hopeful.
First the caveats: These are largely pieces of SIGINT analysis. The intelligence may be misleading; or the analysis may be off. Or the situation on the ground may have changed between when the intel was collected, then analyzed, and today.
And there are pieces of analysis in the docs which would be good, if true. For instance, Russia’s Spetsnaz forces have been decimated.
But the overall concern is this: