In the early stages of Russia’s buildup of forces on the Ukrainian border, the Biden administration selectively declassified and released intelligence about Russia’s war in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden ordered the declassification of intelligence on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, as US officials’ claims of an impending attack were met with skepticism by US partners and allies.
This was announced by the Director of National Intelligence of the United States, Avril Haynes, reports CNN .
On the eve of Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine, US intelligence officials explained the situation to US politicians, Haynes said. But when US politicians told their colleagues from other countries about this, they were not believed.
“When we explained to our politicians, and our politicians went to their colleagues, we found a fair amount of skepticism in them,” the director of US National Intelligence said.
“As a consequence, the president came back to us and said, ‘You need to get out there and share as much information as you can, and make sure people see what you see so we can interact again and maybe have more productive conversations about how to prepare for a potential Russian invasion,” Haynes said.
CNN recalled that at the initial stage of Russia’s buildup of forces on the Ukrainian border, the Biden administration selectively declassified and released intelligence about Russia’s war in Ukraine . This approach was aimed at combating Russian propaganda on a global scale and ensuring that US partners and allies could see the big picture of what was happening.
Haines said the US shared a lot of intelligence with partners and allies, eventually developing mechanisms for sharing data that could be used in the future.