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Leaked Secret Documents Provide a Different Picture of the War

Apr 17, 2023

In the first week of April, dramatic news broke that hundreds of top-secret U.S. documents had been leaked and posted online. The documents were said to detail wide-ranging American military and security secrets throughout the world, but especially about the Ukraine War.

For about a week, there was endless speculation by U.S. officials and the news media over whether the leaks were part of a diabolical Russian disinformation campaign. But that speculation ended when U.S. federal agents arrested Jack Teixeira, a 21-year-old airman in the Massachusetts National Guard. According to news reports, Teixeira, who worked in military intelligence, had been posting the leaked documents to an online gaming chatroom in order to try to educate and discuss world events with a small group of young people.

If this is the case, those young people might have discovered from those documents just how much both the U.S. government and the news media continually lie—especially about war. For the documents show that the Ukrainian War is not the glorious and heroic war in defense of Ukraine that the Pentagon and news media try to make it out to be. On the contrary, the documents “leave no doubt about how deeply enmeshed the United States is in the day-to-day conduct of the war,” as the New York Times reported on April 9. In other words, the U.S. documents illustrate how much the Ukraine War is really a U.S. war against Russia. And in fact, as the documents show, there are already special forces from the U.S. and other NATO countries operating in Ukraine.

Far from protecting Ukraine, the documents give a picture of just how much death and destruction the U.S. government and military has brought to that country. Ukrainian battlefield casualties have been so high, the Ukrainian government has resorted to kidnapping young and not-so-young men in order to try to find replacement cannon fodder. And the documents show that rather than being well-trained and well-equipped, the Ukrainian army is in disarray, and that soldiers are being sent into battle lacking training, arms, and ammunition.

Yet, despite the terrible casualties on both sides, the U.S. documents detail Pentagon plans to continue that war at least into the next year. For the continued war very much serves U.S. interests. The U.S. is using the Ukrainian people and their country in order to permanently weaken the U.S.’s century-long rival, the Russian government. Thus, it is the U.S. that is fomenting the biggest war in Europe since World War II.

So, the U.S. government labels these documents top secret, not because what they say is particularly secret—even the Russians know all this already—but because what these documents reveal is a true condemnation of what the U.S. is doing—coming from the U.S. government’s own institutions.