The document was labeled “top secret,” and was allegedly written early February. According to The Washington Post it warns of significant “force generation and sustainment shortfalls.” It said the Ukrainians are only expected to make “modest territorial gains.” These statements run contrary to the Biden Administration’s public assessment.
South Korean, Ukrainian and the U.S. Pentagon officials said Sunday they are accessing the ‘sensitive and highly classified material” pertaining to information on the Ukraine war, along with information related to our allies and global operations, according to numerous U.S. officials and supported by statements made by allies connected to the leaks.
The Pentagon confirmed on Sunday that an interagency task force is working to understand the impact of theses leaked documents and whether or not these documents are valid.
The assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, Chris Meagher, told reporters Monday that the U.S. is not “going to get into the validity of the purported documents posted online, but a Pentagon team continues to review and assess the veracity of the photographed documents that are circulating on social media sites and that appear in some cases to contain sensitive and highly-classified material.”
SaraACarter.com contacted the Department of Defense and was referred to Meagher’s press conference held on Monday, they had no further comment on the leaked documents
Furthermore, South Korea was assessing the validity of a portion of the documents which suggested the U.S. was spying on their nation. South Korean officials have concluded their investigation stating the documents were “altered” or “untrue according to reports. South Korea’s response came at the same time that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a classified briefing with all Senators pertaining to the leak.
According to Fox News, some of the detail’s provided in the documents related to internal discussions among South Korean officials on a deal to sell artillery shells to the U.S. under South Korean law. Under South Korean law countries who purchase military equipment from its nation, are not allowed to supply those weapons purchased to another country that is currently at war.
Moreover, on Tuesday, South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol’s office stated the documents were “altered” and “false.” They said that the idea his office was being spied on is “untterly false,” according to Fox News.
South Korean officials announced Tuesday that after having talked with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, both parties agreed that most of the document was fabricated but the officials never went into specifics on what was fabricated.
According to reports from the New York Times, Lee Jae-myung, the party’s leader said, “If it is true that they have spied on us, it is a very disappointing act that undermines the South Korea-U.S. alliance, which is based on mutual trust.”
“These photos appear to show documents similar in format to those used to provide daily updates to our senior leaders on Ukraine and Russia-related operations, as well as other intelligence updates. Some of these images appear to have been altered,” he added.
As for Ukraine, the leaked documents, reveal that the U.S. has major concerns about whether or not the fragile government, led by President Volodymyr Zelenksky, can survive Russia’s ongoing brutal assault.
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The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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