Special forces from UK and US ‘operating against Putin’s troops in Ukraine’
Up to 50 UK special forces personnel are covertly deployed and working alongside their US counterparts in Ukraine, according to alleged US intelligence leaks.
Supposedly classified documents were leaked on Discord where it was claimed they reveal a trove of information regarding US intelligence operations abroad as well as action being taken against Vladimir Putin's forces in Ukraine.
One section of the leaked documents, titled US/NATO SOF in UKR, appeared to give details about Western special forces present in Ukraine.
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Britain allegedly has the most operators deployed at 50. If the leaks are to be believed there are also 14 American, 15 French, 17 Latvian and one Dutch operator working alongside them.
The documents did not reveal what types of operations they might be working on.
However, British officials have dismissed the content released in the reports.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said on Twitter: "The widely reported leak of alleged classified US information has demonstrated a serious level of inaccuracy.
"Readers should be cautious about taking at face value allegations that have the potential to spread disinformation."
US officials have admitted that a leak occurred, with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin vowing to "investigate and turn over every rock until we find the source of this and the extent of it".
CIA Director William Burns called the leaks "deeply unfortunate" and added there were "quite intense" investigations being carried out by the Pentagon and the Justice Department.
"We need to learn lessons from that, as well, about how we can tighten procedures," he said.
Pentagon spokesman Chris Meagher did however say that many of the leaked documents appear to be doctored.
The leaks also allegedly exposed US spying operations abroad, not just in Russia but also against allies including the UK.
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