According to investigative journalist Jack Murphy, attacks are being carried out by the intelligence service of an undisclosed European NATO nation. The one behind the attacks, however, is the CIA who are directing sabotage attacks in Russian territory.
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Investigative reporter Jack Murphy revealed on Saturday that the CIA has been employing the intelligence services of a European NATO nation to carry out sabotage activities within Russia since the February battle in Ukraine, citing anonymous former US intelligence and military personnel.
The CIA is in charge of the operations, according to the article, even though there are no US personnel present in Russia. According to a former US special operations official who spoke to Murphy, the US is utilizing an ally’s intelligence agencies to give an additional layer of plausible deniability, which was a key component in President Biden’s authorization of the operations.
Since “doing so might endanger the operational security of cells that are still operational inside of Russia,” Murphy claimed he did not identify the NATO nation whose intelligence services were utilized in the report.
The story was posted on Murphy’s own website, and he provided an explanation for its absence from media outlets in a note at the end of the piece. “While working with editors at mainstream publications I was asked to do things that were illegal and unethical in one instance, and in another instance I felt that a senior CIA official was able to edit my article by making off the record statements, before he leaked a story to The New York Times to undermine this piece,” he wrote.
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The secret campaign within Russia has reportedly been planned for years, according to the report. According to two former military officials, the secret services of the NATO nation had stashed a cache of explosives and equipment in Russia more than ten years ago, and part of the equipment had just been utilized.
According to a US individual briefed on the campaign and a former US special operations official, the CIA did not get entangled with the NATO nation’s operations within Russia until 2014. Sleeper cells controlled by the CIA and the espionage agency of a NATO ally first entered Russia in 2016, and more did so in the years that followed.
The NATO ally gave the undercover agents stories to justify their presence in Russia and supporting documentation. According to the report, the NATO ally’s spy service activated its sleeper cells within Russia around the time that Russia entered Ukraine on February 24 via clandestine communication, and they were prepared for instructions on what targets to strike.
Since the invasion, there have been a number of unexplained explosions targeting Russian military installations, power plants, and railways. It is unclear how many attacks the sleeper cells have been involved in. According to the article, the April fire at the research facility of Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces, which claimed the lives of over 20 employees, may have been started by saboteurs.
The CIA’s sabotage efforts actually require a presidential decision. Before leaving office, President Obama signed a finding authorizing covert action against Russia in response to suspicions that Moscow intervened in the 2016 election, a claim that has never been verified.
According to The Washington Post, Obama’s finding allows “planting cyberweapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow.” Murphy cited a former CIA official who stated the finding also enabled sabotage activities against Russia, though other former officials he spoke with indicated the current operations would have necessitated a revision or a new finding.
Murphy said that although a CIA spokesperson refuted the claims made in the report, the spy agency is legally permitted to deny the existence of its covert operations.
The CIA coordinating sabotage inside Russia risks a massive escalation between NATO and Russia, maybe leading to a nuclear exchange. Ukraine has recently increased its own assaults within Russian territory, and the Pentagon, according to The Times, has tacitly approved recent drone operations that attacked air bases deep inside Russian territory, increasing the possibility of escalation.
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Murphy stated in his remarks at the end of the report that he released the story to inform the public. “Indeed, the Russian government knows perfectly well who is sponsoring these sabotage strikes. Moreover, the intelligence community wants them to know. The only party left in the dark is the public at large, left unaware of the shadow war taking place behind the scenes,” he wrote.
Murphy said that the article “went through a vigorous fact-checking process, and was deemed newsworthy as the strategic bombings of Laos and Cambodia or the CIA’s secret drone campaign in Pakistan.”