(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) The Biden administration said it had withdrawn most federal assets from Ukraine before Russia invaded in February, but a new report states that CIA agents and special forces “are now far more extensive” than when the war began.
The federal government pulled assets from Ukraine because it believed that Russia would wreck the nation in a few weeks, but once the United States and NATO began to fund Ukrainian resistance, it became safer for special forces to operate there, ZeroHedge reported.
The Intercept broke the news after speaking with anonymous current and former officials in America’s spy agencies.
The story would seemingly confirmed that the Russo-Ukrainian War is a proxy war that pits the Russian Federation and other anti-Western powers against the United States, Europe and the reigning global order.
An American official said the CIA “never completely left” Ukraine, even after the war had begun.
President Joe Biden has justified the “broad program of clandestine operations inside the country” by referring to an Obama-era finding that the United States must “counter malign foreign influence activities.”
A CIA official stated, according to The Intercept, that “Biden’s use of the preexisting finding has frustrated some intelligence officials, who believe that U.S. involvement in the Ukraine conflict differs so much from the spirit of the finding that it should merit a new one.”
Biden apparently notified Congress about the undercover military operations, but he—like most presidents for several decades—has not sought a congressional declaration of war, which the Constitution demands before the executive branch can send troops into a conflict.
The presence of CIA agents and special forces in Ukraine violates Biden’s pledge not to put American troops in the nation, a move that he said could spark a “world war.”