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Ukraine War: Pentagon Reviewing How Top-Secret U.S. Documents Circulated Online

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A Pentagon official acknowledged that a “top secret” document that shows the daily positioning of soldiers in Ukraine was leaked and has appeared on social media. 

This official said that someone allegedly snapped a photo of the paper and sent it to the more than 500 million users social media site Telegram, where Twitter then picked it up. Officials from the Pentagon are attempting to delete the sensitive content from social media. 

Another US official told CBS News that the Pentagon is attempting to ascertain the manner and severity of the information breach. 

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Pentagon Reviewing Leaked US Secret Docs About Ukraine War

The papers, which were recently shared as images on Twitter and Telegram, describe Ukraine’s military prowess, the fight’s situation, the number of casualties, and the pace at which HIMARS long-range missile systems are burning up. Several of them have the date March 1. 

Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh told NBC News in an email that the Department is looking into the claims of social media postings. 

The spokesperson added that the Justice Department has started its own inquiry. The spokeswoman said, they have been in contact with the Department of Defense on this problem and have created an inquiry. 

The New York Times initially reported regarding the document leak from Pentagon.

It is yet unknown who is responsible for the claimed leak as well as if the papers are authentic, fabricated, or changed. 

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What The Documents Contained

The papers originally surfaced on the anonymous image board 4chan in March, claims a researcher from the online investigative organization Bellingcat.

In one of the papers, which was distributed via pro-Russian government channels, nine of the 12 Ukrainian combat units were being trained by US and NATO troops and required 250 tanks and more than 350 mechanized vehicles. 

The Guardian added that the confidential documents also include information on the weaponry purchased by the Ukrainian military, such as the US-made artillery rocket system Himars, which has shown to be quite efficient against Russian soldiers. 

Mykhailo Podolyak, a representative of the Ukrainian presidential office, claims that the leak was a component of a Russian misinformation campaign to cast doubt on Ukraine’s counteroffensive.

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