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>WASHINGTON — Classified war documents detailing secret American and NATO plans for building up the Ukrainian military ahead of a planned offensive against Russia were posted this week on social media channels, *senior Biden administration officials said.*
>*The Pentagon is investigating who may have been behind the leak* of the documents [find the snitch], which appeared on Twitter and on Telegram, a platform with more than half a billion users that is widely available in Russia.
So these leaks are real, and the Pentagon is looking for the mole.
>Military analysts said *the documents appear to have been modified* in certain parts from their original format, *overstating American estimates of Ukrainian war dead and understating estimates of Russian troops killed*.
>The modifications could point to an effort of disinformation by Moscow, the analysts said. *But the disclosures in the original documents*, which appear as photographs of charts of anticipated weapons deliveries, troop and battalion strengths, and plans, *represents a significant breach of American intelligence in the effort to aid Ukraine.*
>Biden officials were *working to get them deleted* but had not, as of Thursday evening, succeeded.
So the only part they claim to be doctored is the estimates for the casualties in the conflict. They say the documents being leaked are significant, so much so that the Biden team is trying to get them scraped off the internet.
>To the trained eye of a Russian war planner, field general or intelligence analyst, however, the documents no doubt offer many tantalizing clues. *The documents mention, for instance, the expenditure rate of HIMARS* — American-supplied high mobility artillery rocket systems, which can launch attacks against targets like ammunition dumps, infrastructure and concentrations of troops, from a distance. *The Pentagon has not said publicly how fast Ukrainian troops are using the HIMARs munitions; the documents do*.
One aspect of the pro-Ukraine casualty estimates that never made sense was how so many Russians could be dying from Ukraine's lack of artillery, to maintain this narrative the Pentagon never talked about how many shells Ukraine launches per day.
>*One of the slides said 16,000 to 17,500 Russian soldiers had been killed while Ukraine had suffered as many as 71,500 troop deaths. The Pentagon and other analysts have estimated that Russia has suffered far more casualties, and that closer to 200,000 soldiers on each side had been killed or wounded.*
>Nonetheless, *analysts said parts of the documents appeared authentic and provide Russia with valuable information* such as the timetables for the delivery of weapons and troops, Ukrainian troop buildup numbers and other military details.
These estimates seem a little low balled, analysts such as Col Macgregor put Russian dead in the 20-25k range and Uke dead in the six digits. This seems more like the values pre-Bakmut siege. BBC calculated around 16k from Russian obituaries so maybe they were closer to reality than given credit for, or the numbers in the document are confirmed KIA only and MIA is not included. The [document in question.](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/34ae53e0-cc33-4732-9e62-f39df7740fa6.jpeg) More from: https://twitter.com/AZgeopolitics/status/1644122549909848070?t=J87R-_jIb11q9sFMfcB-XQ&s=19
>The leak is the first Russian intelligence breakthrough that has been made public since the war began. *Throughout the war, the United States has provided Ukraine with information on command posts, ammunition depots and other key nodes in the Russian military lines.* Such real-time intelligence has *allowed the Ukrainians to target Russian forces, kill senior generals* and force ammunition supplies to be moved farther from the Russian front lines, *though U.S. officials say Ukraine has played the decisive role in planning and execution of those strikes.* ["plausible" deniability]
>But *early on during the war, Ukrainian officials were hesitant about sharing their battle plans with the United States, for fear of leaks*, American and European officials said. As recently as last summer, American intelligence officials said they often had a better understanding of Russia’s military plans than of Ukraine’s.
>*The intelligence sharing between Ukraine and the United States loosened up considerably last fall*, and the two countries have been **working closely** on options for a Ukrainian offensive.
So now the US is running the show. I wonder if the mole is related to Sy Hersh's source on Nord Stream?