Snowden Helped Russia Invade Ukraine

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

A blockbuster story in the Monday Wall Street Journal reveals the terrible damage National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden has done, enabling Russian “war planners” to avoid detection as they evaded U.S. surveillance and staged the invasion of Ukraine.

At the same time, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), says Snowden’s theft of documents has made it harder for U.S. troops to avoid being maimed or killed by terrorist bombs known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

“Some U.S. military and intelligence officials say Russia’s war planners might have used knowledge about the U.S.’s usual surveillance techniques to change communication methods about the looming invasion,” the Journal said in its front page story. “U.S. officials haven’t determined how Russia hid its military plans from U.S. eavesdropping equipment that picks up digital and electronic communications.”

ABC’s “The Note” calls the Journal story a must-read, explaining that the Journal disclosed that “intelligence analysts were surprised because they hadn’t intercepted any telltale communications where Russian leaders, military commanders or soldiers discussed plans to invade.”

Strangely, however, the story never mentions Edward Snowden, the former intelligence analyst now being controlled by the Russian security agency, the FSB, in Moscow.

Clearly, however, the “knowledge” about U.S. surveillance techniques came from Snowden.

Snowden’s collaborators in the media, who revealed his stolen documents about NSA surveillance of America’s enemies and adversaries, are up for prestigious Pulitzer Prizes when these awards are announced at Columbia University on April 14. AIM has argued that such awards would constitute another black eye for the media and undermine whatever confidence the American people have left in the press.

In a statement to POLITICO about the possibility of Pulitzers being given to Snowden’s mouthpieces in the media, AIM asked, “Specifically, what did Snowden tell the Russian FSB about U.S. capabilities to detect and deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine, or the ability of the U.S. to determine the nature or intentions of the Putin regime?”

The answer is now in. Thanks to Snowden, the U.S. was deceived.

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program on NBC, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) said, “We know today [of] no counterintelligence official in the United States [who] does not believe that Mr. Snowden, the NSA contractor, is not under the influence of Russian intelligence services.”

In a clear reference to Russian aggression in Ukraine, Rogers said, “He is under the influence of Russian intelligence officials today. He is actually supporting in an odd way this very activity of brazen brutality and expansionism of Russia. He needs to understand that. And I think Americans need to understand that. We need to put it in proper context.”

He added that Snowden is “clearly in Moscow, under the influence of intelligence services for a country that is expanding its borders today using military force. I think there’s a lot more questions that need to be answered here.”

The Wall Street Journal said, “America’s vaunted global surveillance is a vital tool for U.S. intelligence services, especially as an early-warning system and as a way to corroborate other evidence. In Crimea, though, U.S. intelligence officials are concluding that Russian planners might have gotten a jump on the West by evading U.S. eavesdropping.”

“Inside Crimea,” it went on, “Russian troops exercised what U.S. officials describe as extraordinary discipline in their radio and cellphone communications. Remarks that were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies revealed no hint of the plans.”

It said, “To close the information gap, U.S. spy agencies and the military are rushing to expand satellite coverage and communications-interception efforts across Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic states. U.S. officials hope the ‘surge’ in assets and analysts will improve tracking of the Russian military and tip off the U.S. to any possible intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin before he acts on them.”

In a March 7 National Public Radio interview, Lt. Gen. Flynn of the DIA mentioned Snowden and said, “If I’m concerned about anything, I’m concerned about defense capabilities that he may have stolen from where he worked, and does that knowledge then get into the hands of our adversaries—in this case, of course, Russia.”

Asked if Snowden got access to “war plans” and the ways and means by which the U.S. gathers intelligence, Flynn said, “The answer to it is we really don’t know. From what we do know, we have to assume the worst case and then begin to make some recommendations to our leadership about how do we mitigate some of the risks that may come from—from what may have been compromised. This is going to be one of these instances where we’re going to be dealing with this for many, many years.”

Flynn went on to say that Snowden had stolen information regarding how U.S. forces are able to “defeat some of these improvised explosive devices,” which have killed and maimed thousands of U.S. soldiers. He said “We know that there’s some evidence that he [Snowden] may have gotten some information about that. And so we have to protect, you know, how we defeat these kind of devices. So we may need to change some of the way we operate.”

The implication is that Snowden’s disclosures will increase the likelihood of more “wounded warriors” from conflicts in the Middle East and around the world.

Yet, at the time Snowden began making his charges, he was hailed by such figures as radio hosts Michael Savage and Glenn Beck as a hero.

Many liberals are also ardent Snowden backers, with a group called Action for a Progressive Future scheduling a Tuesday news conference in Washington to “call for a change in the U.S. government stance toward NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.” One of the participants, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, calls Snowden a patriot.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.


Putin Expansionism Seeks To Divi Up Ukraine Along Nazi-Soviet Lines

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who is widely thought to be a mouthpiece for Putin, proposed a redrawing of the borders of western Ukraine. Color me not surprised. He says, “It’s never too late to correct historical errors.” If only, but not the way the Communists envision.

You see, Putin’s henchman wants to divvy up the Ukraine along post WWII Nazi/Soviet 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact lines… gifting parts of it to Poland, Hungary and Romania. A letter was sent to all three countries making this generous offer of title and lands. It then said they could ‘join’ Mother Russia and help get the old Soviet gang back together. The letter came in the days just following the annexation of Crimea. Still think Putin doesn’t seek to tear through countries and assimilate them like the Russian Borg?

Zhirinovsky is the deputy speaker of the Duma, and his nationalist Liberal Democratic party largely backs President Vladimir Putin in the Russian parliament. If he is proposing this, it came from Putin. Anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves. More from The Indepdendent:

Zhirinovsky proposed Ukraine’s Chernivtsi, Zakarpattia, Volyn, Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Rovensky regions, together with Poland, Romania and Hungary hold referendums on whether the regions should break away from Ukraine.

Romania might wish to have Chernivtsi, Hungary the Zakarpattia region, and Poland the rest, he said.

The proposal would allow central Ukraine to be free of “ unnecessary tensions” and the referendums would “bring prosperity and tranquillity to the Ukrainian native land,” the letter said.

This letter was a threat, pure and simple. It makes an offer of territory and then Russian membership. What it doesn’t say though is the kicker… nice countries you’ve got there… take the offer or be taken anyway. How very like a Russian mobster, or perhaps in the footsteps of Genghis Khan or Attila the Hun.

Meanwhile, the G8 (now the G7) kicked Russia out of their moronic club, as if Putin gives a damn. And, oooh… scary! They threatened further toothless sanctions if Putin doesn’t behave. What? Are you going to impose sanctions against more of Putin’s enemies? Or maybe, wealthy Russians who have no assets outside of Russia – again. What a joke. Sanctions are now being threatened against vital sectors of the Russian economy: energy, banking and finance, engineering and the arms industry. Either they won’t have any teeth or will never happen as it will hurt too many pockets to do so. Screw up too many agendas. Smoke, mirrors and vodka. In the end, even if the sanctions affect Russia to an extent, it won’t hurt Putin, just the people. And Vlad is just fine with that if it advances Russian conquest.

It is what Russia will do in addition to expansionism that is very disturbing. When Russia and China cause the US dollar to no longer be the international reserve currency, the violins will begin to play. Then there is cyberwarfare, competent spycraft (which we don’t have anymore), EMPs and nukes (which Obama is doing away with) and a strong military (which Obama has gutted). And just to be sure we are at the mercy of our enemies, Obama is getting ready to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades — our Tomahawk and Hellfire missile programs. Still think Obama isn’t on the side of our enemies within and without? Well, let me enlighten you:

The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy.

In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.

The Navy will also be forced to cancel its acquisition of the well-regarded and highly effective Hellfire missiles in 2015, according to Obama’s proposal.

The proposed elimination of these missile programs came as a shock to lawmakers and military experts, who warned ending cutting these missiles would significantly erode America’s ability to deter enemy forces.

“The administration’s proposed budget dramatically under-resources our investments in munitions and leaves the Defense Department with dangerous gaps in key areas, like Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles,” said Rep. Randy Forbes (R., Va.), a member of House Armed Services Committee.

“Increasing our investment in munitions and retaining our technological edge in research and development should be a key component of any serious defense strategy,” he said.

The U.S. Navy relied heavily on them during the 2011 military incursion into Libya, where some 220 Tomahawks were used during the fight.

Nearly 100 of these missiles are used each year on average, meaning that the sharp cuts will cause the Tomahawk stock to be completely depleted by around 2018. This is particularly concerning to defense experts because the Pentagon does not have a replacement missile ready to take the Tomahawk’s place.

You might ask why they are doing this… there is only one logical reason — to hand us to our enemies on a silver platter. Our enemies are all ramping up their militaries and we are not just gutting ours — we are actively dismantling our military, in arms and personnel. Obama is doing what our enemies have never been able to do and quickly, while we all just sit here and watch it happen. It will be 10 years before experimental missiles come online — way too late to save us and Obama knows it. He is taking the money to keep us alive and safe and redistributing it across the planet.

So, while Obama and EU leaders pontificate and pretend to punish Russia, in actuality, it does nothing to slow down the Russian bear. Putin is confident and he is seizing the opportunity to expand Soviet rule. Divvying up the Ukraine along Nazi-Soviet lines is just foreplay for a bigger lovefest to come with the US and Europe. America – you are being led to the slaughter by a stone cold Marxist – make 2014 and 2016 count. Clean House and Senate and replace these Progressives (who as Glenn Beck aptly put it, are nothing more than patient Communists) with true Conservative leadership.