CIA director: Putin underestimated Ukraine

CIA director: Putin underestimated Ukraine

CIA director: Putin underestimated Ukraine

CIA Director William Burns (file photo)   CIA director: Putin underestimated Ukraine

William Burns promised that US intelligence will continue to play a role in «ensuring Putin fails in Ukraine»

CIA Director William Burns, speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Washington on Thursday, said the Biden administration's decision to declassify some intelligence to expose Russia's actions and plans in Ukraine was the right one and “has played a very effective role over the past six months.”

“I think if you look back, it's hard to see that so far in this war, Putin has anything but failure to his credit,” Burns said from the conference floor. “Not only was the weakness of the Russian armed forces exposed, but as a result of this (invasion) there will be long-term damage to the Russian economy and generations of Russians.”

The CIA director justified the White House's unprecedented strategy of releasing intelligence about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, saying it is being carried out in a carefully calibrated manner to protect US intelligence sources. According to Burns, decisions to declassify intelligence are “always very difficult.”

Burns promised that US intelligence will continue to play a role in “ensuring that Putin fails in Ukraine.”

During his speech, Burns said that the US intelligence agencies had a clear idea about the planning of the Russian invasion last fall. He also noted Putin's obsession with “control of Ukraine.” According to Burns, Putin underestimated Ukraine, assuming that Washington would lose interest in Ukraine, and that Putin was “deeply mistaken in his assumptions.” . He was nominated for the post of director of the CIA by President Biden and has been in charge of this agency since March 2021.