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CNN: US intelligence has been warning Congress about the Wagner PMCs intention to organize a mutiny since mid-June

CNN: US intelligence has been warning Congress about the Wagner PMCs intention to organize a mutiny since mid-June

25 июня 2023, 05:35
US intelligence officials have been warning Congress since mid-June that the founder of the private military company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, is preparing to «challenge the military leadership» of Russia.

This is reported by CNN with reference to its own sources. Experts believe that Prigozhin had been preparing for a demarche for a long time, and his statements about the allegedly growing «shell hunger» were staged.

Intelligence informed Congress about the movements of PMCs and the buildup of forces on the border at the beginning of the week, Kommersant writes.

Experts believe that Prigozhin's public statements about the shortage of ammunition were «deliberate deception to help lay the groundwork for a potential military challenge to Russian leaders».

According to the Washington Post, whose journalists spoke with senior officials from the Joe Biden administration, American intelligence received «enough signals» indicating that Prigozhin was preparing a military mutiny.

Over the past two weeks, intelligence has repeatedly informed not only Congress, but also the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon about this.

As the New York Times notes, after receiving information about the upcoming rebellion, American officials did not want to help the Russian authorities. In addition, officials expressed fears that if such data is transferred to Russia, the Kremlin may accuse the United States of organizing a coup in Russia, RIA Novosti reports.

It is noteworthy that in the United States, Prigozhin, who fell under sanctions, was put on the wanted list a few years ago, and a reward was announced for information about his whereabouts. The amount of the award was designated at 250 thousand US dollars.

Earlier it became known that on the evening of June 23, Prigozhin announced a march on Moscow, which he called the «march of justice», and the Russian authorities recognized as «betrayal», an armed rebellion and opened a criminal case on this fact.

It was possible to suppress Prigozhin's armed speech only late in the evening on June 24 with the mediation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. On the night of June 25, the participants of the Wagner PMCs left the captured buildings in Rostov-on-Don and went to field camps.

The Kremlin said that Prigozhin will leave for Belarus, and in Rossi's case against him and the rebels will be dropped.