CIA Thought Putin Would Quickly Conquer Ukraine. Why Did They Get It So Wrong?

US President Joe Biden speaks during a visit at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on July 8, 2022.

The failure of U.S. intelligence to see the dysfunction in the Russian army and defense industries means that it also didn’t foresee Russia’s ongoing battlefield defeats, which are now having a profound political and social impact on both Putin and Russia. Putin has ordered a partial mobilization to replace heavy battlefield losses, sparking large-scale protests. At least 200,000 people have already fled Russia, including thousands of young men seeking to avoid conscription.

Source: CIA Thought Putin Would Quickly Conquer Ukraine. Why Did They Get It So Wrong?

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