The U.S. bosses to trace the origin of a positively classified intel leak

April 11, 2023: Classified documents that appeared online, with details which range from Ukraine’s air defences to Israel’s Mossad spy agency, have U.S. officials which scrambles to identify the leak’s source, with a few experts saying it could be an American.

Officials stated that the breadth of topics addressed in the statements, which touch on the war, China, the Middle East and Africa, stated that they might have been leaked by an American instead of an ally.

“The focus is on this being a U.S. leak, as many of the statements were in U.S. hands,” Michael Mulroy, a retired senior Pentagon official, told Reuters.

U.S. officials stated that the investigation is in its initial stages, and those running it have not ruled out the chances that pro-Russian elements were behind the leak, which is witnessed as one of the most severe security breaches since over 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic cables came in on the WikiLeaks website in 2013.

After revealing the leak, Reuters reviewed over 50 statements labelled “Secret” and “Top Secret” that first appeared on social media websites last month, starting with Discord and 4Chan. While some papers were posted weeks ago, the New York Times first reported their existence on Friday.

Some battlefield casualties measured from Ukraine appeared to have been altered, minimizing Russian losses. Reuters has not verified the authenticity of the documents. It needs to be clarified why at least one is marked unclassified but includes top-secret information. Some documents are kept “NOFORN,” meaning they cannot be released to foreign nationals.

On Sunday, two U.S. officials said they have not ruled out that the statements may have been rigged to mislead investigators about their origin or disseminate information that may harm U.S. security interests.

The White House states that questions to the Pentagon.

On Sunday, the Pentagon reviewed the validity of the photographed statements that “appear to contain sensitive and highly classified material.”

The Pentagon referred the issue to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation.

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