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CIA and NATO are waging sabotage attacks inside Russia

The CIA is using the intelligence agencies of a European NATO ally to launch sabotage attacks inside Russian territory, according to a report by journalist Jack Murphy.

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The CIA is using the spy agencies of a European NATO ally in order to launch sabotage attacks in Russian territory, according to journalist Jack Murphy.

Murphy is a former US special operations officer who has extensive contacts inside the military and intelligence services.

Citing multiple US government sources, Murphy reported that the CIA and the European state spent years developing “sleeper cells that the allied spy service has activated to hinder Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine by waging a secret war behind Russian lines.”

Infrastructure that has been sabotaged in Russia includes railways, bridges, fuel depots, military facilities, power lines, and electrical plants.

The NATO ally began sending sleeper cells into Russia in 2016, and with the help of “‘an extensive network’ of front companies,” the CIA and the European state smuggled in explosives, weapons, and other equipment.

The US military has also been involved, Murphy reported. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) “has supported the sabotage operations with targeting information from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, such as drones, that can see and hear deep into Russia.”

The White House allegedly signed off on the sabotage operation. Murphy said, “Using an allied intelligence service to give the CIA an added layer of plausible deniability was an essential factor in U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to approve the strikes.”

President Barack Obama set the stage for this sabotage. The Washington Post revealed back in 2017 that, before Obama left office, he approved a “covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow.”

And it is not just Russia whose territory has been attacked.

In April 2022, the Washington Post reported that “a clandestine network of railway workers, hackers and dissident security forces went into action to disable or disrupt the railway links connecting Russia to Ukraine through Belarus, wreaking havoc on Russian supply lines.”

According to Murphy, this sabotage operation inside Belarus was overseen by the CIA and its NATO ally.

He did not name the European country whose spies are on the ground in Russia carrying out the attacks, but it has been speculated that it may be a Baltic state or perhaps Poland.

While the CIA has officially denied involvement, Murphy pointed out, “Under Title 50 of the U.S. Code which authorizes covert actions, the CIA can lawfully deny the existence of these operations to everyone except the so-called ‘Gang of Eight'” – a reference to top level US officials.

Journalist Seth Harp, who is also a US military veteran, tweeted the article and added, “I hear that no fewer than three major national publications killed this deeply reported and well sourced story by ⁦[Jack Murphy]⁩ under pressure from the CIA.”

Murphy hinted at this in an editor’s note published with his report, disclosing that, “while working with editors at mainstream publications I was asked to do things that were illegal and unethical in one instance, and in another instance I felt that a senior CIA official was able to edit my article by making off the record statements, before he leaked a story to the New York Times to undermine this piece.”

Murphy has published at numerous mainstream media outlets, and he is by no means pro-Russian. He has repeatedly condemned the Russian government and said President Vladimir “Putin is a wimp and a cry baby.” Murphy has likewise insisted that Moscow should withdraw its troops from Ukraine and criticized calls for a peaceful diplomatic solution to the conflict.

More evidence of CIA involvement in the proxy war in Ukraine

Murphy’s report adds to a growing body of evidence documenting the CIA’s role in the proxy war in Ukraine.

In January 2022, weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, Yahoo News revealed that, since 2015, the CIA had been “overseeing a secret intensive training program in the U.S. for elite Ukrainian special operations forces and other intelligence personnel.”

This CIA program was started by the Obama administration and subsequently expanded by the Donald Trump and Joe Biden White Houses.

Yahoo News wrote: “By 2015, as part of this expanded anti-Russia effort, CIA Ground Branch paramilitaries also started traveling to the front in eastern Ukraine to advise their counterparts there.”

Later in March 2022, Yahoo News followed up with another report admitting that, since 2014, Washington had a “covert CIA training program run from Ukraine’s eastern frontlines,” where US spies were supporting Ukrainians in the early stages of the proxy war against Russia.

In June 2022, the New York Times acknowledged that the CIA and special operations forces from numerous European countries are physically in Ukraine overseeing the proxy war, providing weapons, intelligence, and training.

The Times reported: “Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the [US] Army’s 10th Special Forces Group, which before the war had been training Ukrainian commandos at a base in the country’s west, quietly established a coalition planning cell in Germany to coordinate military assistance to Ukrainian commandos and other Ukrainian troops. The cell has now grown to 20 nations.”

Murphy drew parallels between the CIA sabotage operations targeting Russia today and the “stay-behind” networks that the US spy agency and NATO created during the first cold war, known popularly as Operation Gladio.

These Western stay-behind networks included notorious fascist war criminals, Nazi collaborators, and organized crime elements.

Murphy noted that, while it has long been claimed that these Gladio networks were dismantled in 1994, many in fact continued.

Risk of escalation into direct US-Russia war

Jack Murphy concluded his report warning of the potential of the proxy war in Ukraine escalating into a direct conventional war between the United States and Russia.

In December 2022, the leader of the NATO military alliance acknowledged that this is a serious risk.

“It is a terrible war in Ukraine. It is also a war that can become a full-fledged war that spreads into a major war between NATO and Russia,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. He subsequently reiterated that “there is no doubt that a full-fledged war is a possibility.”

Similarly, in November 2022, the commander of Stratcom, the US military command that oversees nuclear weapons, warned, “This Ukraine crisis that we’re in right now, this is just the warmup.”

“The big one is coming,” said Navy Admiral Charles A. Richard. “And it isn’t going to be very long before we’re going to get tested in ways that we haven’t been tested a long time.”

The dangers of NATO expansion and provocations in Ukraine had been known for decades.

President Biden himself conceded in 1997 that the Baltic states joining NATO would cause “the greatest consternation,” which could “tip the balance” and result in a “vigorous and hostile reaction” by Russia.

Former US Ambassador to Russia William J. Burns, who is now CIA director, warned in a classified 2008 State Department cable that NATO expansion to Ukraine would cross Moscow’s security “redlines” and “could potentially split the country in two, leading to violence or even, some claim, civil war, which would force Russia to decide whether to intervene.”

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  1. Steven Conn

    2022-12-29 at 16:50

    1. A Twitter studio gangsta calling a black belt in Judo a ‘wimp’ is comical enough.
    2. There have been a number of attacks on US energy infrastructure, and mass shootings in USA over the past 4-5 years. 43,000 died in US from shooting deaths last year. Many are not gang related.
    I guess attacks on infrastructure etc will grow further. We know US energy extraction industry can’t handle the cold weather, and not only in Texas.

    Only a myopic studio gangsta like Murphy would assume US is safe from reprisals.

    • nicole k

      2022-12-31 at 18:45

      In response to your #2 point;
      What is your thoughts on the massive attacks on US food production supply factories within the USA that have/has been happening on a VERY repeated and continued basis?

    • Drew R

      2024-02-13 at 23:55

      To your peculiar point that US “energy extraction industry” can’t handle cold weather … are you delusional? Who do you think is operating in North and South Dakota? Alaska? The North Sea?

      Its the Russian energy extraction industry that’s in deep trouble – because they aren’t the primary engineers and subject matter experts on their very own oil extraction platforms. To that point, neither are the Chinese. They both hire their engineers, derrick ops, managers, chemical engineers, and plant ops people from the West. And guess what those people can no longer do for Russia OR China??? Both countries have fallen under skilled labor embargoes over the last 28 months. The USA said “if you are working in Russia, on Russian platforms, in Russia’s interest – quit or else. Same with china (though for different reasons).

  2. Rob Roy

    2022-12-30 at 12:23

    Good comment, Steve Cohn.
    CIA and NATO long ago should have been abandoned. They are offensively aggressive NOT defensive. Russia was provoked for decades by the US to finally say, enough. A poll in over 30 countries found those people in those countries, within exception, said the country they feared the most was the United States. I’m rootin for Putin.

    • Rob Roy

      2022-12-30 at 12:24

      “without” not “within”

  3. Watersider

    2023-01-05 at 02:20

    So America is involved in regime change?
    Is water wet?

  4. Jason

    2023-01-25 at 17:31

    I don’t see the problem here. Sounds like the CIA and NATO are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do, working against a clear and present danger to democracy. So what?


      2023-01-29 at 01:28

      Welche Demokratie denn? Seit mehr als 120 Jahren wird die restliche Welt von den USA aufs Schlimmste drangsaliert, bestohlen und mit Krieg überzogen, wenn sie versucht, sich zu wehren.

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