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Intelligence leak exposes U.S. spying on adversaries and allies

By Shane Harris and Dan Lamothe

09 Apr 2023 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

The Post reports on the extraordinary level of detail the leaked documents reveal about U.S. espionage activities. Intelligence experts fear the disclosures could hamper future operations.

On Saturday, as U.S. officials and their foreign allies scrambled to understand how dozens of classified intelligence documents had ended up on the internet, they were stunned - and occasionally infuriated - at the extraordinary range of detail the files exposed about how the United States spies on friends and foes alike.

The documents, which appear to have come at least in part from the Pentagon and are marked as highly classified, offer tactical information about the war in Ukraine, including the country's combat capabilities. According to one defense official, many of the documents seem to have been prepared over the winter for Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior military officials, but that they were available to other U.S. personnel and contract employees with the requisite security clearances.

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