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The US and UK have sought to repel a feared Russian invasion of Ukraine in part by releasing an unusual amount of intelligence, hoping to deprive Vladimir Putin of the element of surprise.

There have been regular briefings in Washington and London – sometimes from national security officials who don’t often speak to the press – detailing potential Russian military tactics, regime change plots and bogus operations. flag. pretext for invasion.

Derek Chollet, the State Department adviser, said Wednesday that the United States and its allies wanted to warn against the possibility of Russia carrying out such operations in Ukraine “in order to hinder their ability to do so.”

“We try to be as open as possible, to say it’s their game and what might happen,” Chollet said.

In doing so, the US and UK are trying to beat Russia in what has largely been Moscow’s game in recent years – or at least provide better opposition.

“I think it’s the West that’s getting a little more savvy about using intelligence in an actionable way,” said John Sipher, a veteran of the CIA’s clandestine service. “It’s what we used to call – when the Russians did it – information warfare, and it’s something we never did very well.

Mary I. Bruner