“I am concerned that this has happened, but as far as I know it has no immediate impact,” US President Joe Biden said in his first statement on the leak of classified US Defense Department documents.
US President Joe Biden spoke for the first time on the leak and social media publication of US Department of Defense documents that “appear to contain sensitive and highly classified material” on several topical issues, including the Ukraine-Russia War. Making statements during his official visit to Ireland, Biden stated that the authorities are “getting closer” to finding the person behind the leak of sensitive information about the war in Ukraine, as well as China and US allies. “I’m not concerned about the leak. I’m concerned that it happened, but as far as I know it has no immediate impact. The thorough investigation is underway, they are getting closer (to a conclusion),” he said.
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The documents may have been obtained by someone with access to the US intelligence system
US officials had stated that the leaked documents were first shared on the social media platforms Discord and Telegram in February and March, but were only recently discovered, and that the leak investigation would look at potential culprits within the Defense Department. The documents appear to have been intercepted and leaked by someone with access to the US intelligence system, officials said, adding that there were indications that some content was not shared with even the closest US intelligence partners.
Among the documents leaked online on April 7 were classified documents on the Russia-Ukraine War, the operations of the Russia-based mercenary company Wagner in Africa, the ways in which Israel provides arms aid to Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) ties to Russia.
On the other hand, officials warned that although the leaked documents on the war in Ukraine appeared to be authentic, some of them had been altered. Although one of the leaked documents showed that between 16,000 and 17,500 Russian soldiers had been killed, it was made public that Russia had suffered more than 200,000 casualties, according to US defense officials.