Joe Biden rages at Ukraine intel leaks and says its an ’overstatement of our role’ in war

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Last week the White House had to deny providing intelligence to Ukrainians in order to “kill Russian Generals”. Following the denial the US President spoke separately with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, CIA Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.

Following the denial the US President spoke separately with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, CIA Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.

He told them that it wasn’t helpful for information to become public about what the US was sharing with Ukraine, according to an official.

Mr Biden also stressed that the leaks needed to stop.

According to NBC, the US President told the officials that the leaks “distract from our objective”

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated this telling reporters that the President was “displeased” with the leaks and considered them “inaccurate”.

Ms Psaki declined to confirm calls between the President and national security officials regarding the leaks.

However, she told reporters that Biden’s view “was that it was an overstatement of our role, an inaccurate statement, and also an understatement of the Ukrainians’ role and their leadership, and he does not, did not, (feel) they were constructive”.

US officials have been open about sharing intelligence with Ukraine. 

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However, intelligence sharing has been highly useful contributing to successful strikes against Russian leaders and the Russian Navy’s Moskva vessel, a source familiar with intelligence sharing told CNN.

To date the Kremlin has avoided any known direct attacks against US and NATO targets including cyber attacks.

Even when US officials such as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Speaker Of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Kyiv Moscow did not attack.

Russia has also opted not to attack arms shipments through Poland and has only recently started to attack railways in Ukraine.

In addition to sharing intelligence, the US approved a $150million package last week, including 25,000 155mm artillery rounds, counter-artillery radars, jamming equipment and field equipment and spare parts, according to a White House official.

It comes after Mr Biden proposed a $33billion aid package to Ukraine last month.



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