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Latest leak highlights how many have access to US top secret material

By Julian Borger

10 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian's analysis proposes that carelessness, not a complex hack, led to the leaked U.S. defense documents, raising concerns about Washington's ability to manage its secrets.

The evidence emerging on the leak of classified US defence documents suggests that it was probably not some dastardly hacking or disinformation plot by Russia or the US, but rather another example of how carelessly Washington handles its secrets.

The least likely version of reality is the one being circulated among Kremlin supporters, that it was a clever piece of CIA distraction ultimately aimed at demoralising Russians by showing how many lives they had lost, and how badly their war was going in Ukraine.

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