The newspaper has a track record of publishing misinformation from American spies.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that a Washington Post report alleging “turmoil” and confrontation in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle is “absolutely not true.” The report in question was attributed to anonymous US spies.
“A member of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle has voiced disagreement directly to the Russian president” over the conflict in Ukraine, the report stated, alleging that “the criticism marks the clearest indication yet of turmoil within Russia’s leadership.”
No source was given for this report, which was attributed to “information obtained by US intelligence.”
Peskov told the Post that disagreement between Putin and his aides is “part of the usual working process.”
“There are working arguments: about the economy, about the conduct of the military operation. There are arguments about the education system. This is part of the normal working process, and it is not a sign of any split,” he said, adding that the information supposedly obtained by American intelligence is “absolutely not true.”
American officials have previously boasted about waging an “info war” against Russia by leaking false intelligence reports to the media, NBC News reported in April. Intelligence officials, for example, admitted to fabricating a warning that Russia was preparing to use chemical weapons in Ukraine in March, leaking the story to the Washington Post despite it being based on “low confidence” intelligence.
A report claiming that Putin was “being misled by his own advisers” was also reportedly made up or exaggerated by US spies. “There’s no way you can prove or disprove that stuff,” a retired intelligence operative told NBC.
The Post’s latest report was also received with doubt by the US’ European allies. According to the newspaper, “senior security officials in Europe said they were not aware that anyone had dared to challenge Putin directly over the course of events in Ukraine,” and said that they hadn’t seen the supposed US intelligence report that the article was based on.
INFORMATION ON THE NATO-RUSSIA CONFLICT IN UKRAINE
As they did with COVID, the New Zealand state-subsidized legacy media is publishing a great deal of mis/disinformation on the Russian Special Military Operation in Ukraine, based on demonstrably false US or UK intelligence/propaganda reports and/or ‘anonymous’ Ukrainian military sources, or their overseas legacy media partners. For unbiased, factual accounts on what’s really happening on the frontlines DTNZ recommends the following sources:
- Graham Phillips – independent British journalist in the Donbass
- Patrick Lancaster – independent US journalist in the Donbass
- The New Atlas – Thailand/US based geopolitical and military expert analysis
- The Duran – UK and Greek based geopolitical and military expert analysis
- The Dive with Jackson Hinkle – US based geopolitical analysis
- Judging Freedom – US based political analysis
- Scott Ritter News – Former US Marines Intelligence Officer and UN Weapons Inspector
- The Jimmy Dore Show – US based political and international affairs analysis
- The Kim Iverson Show – US based political and international affairs analysis
- Eva Bartlett – Independent award-winning Canadian journalist
- Vanessa Beeley – Independent journalist
- The GreyZone – Independent US based investigative journalists
- Alexander Mercouris – Independent UK based expert geopolitical analysis