U.S. intelligence reveals that Putin has an advanced form of cancer
The report further noted that Putin survived an assassination attempt in March, shortly after he launched his “special military operation” against Ukraine
June 2, 2022 12:56pm
Updated: June 2, 2022 12:56pm
A new classified U.S. intelligence report has revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has an advanced form of cancer and underwent treatment in April.
The report further noted that Putin survived an assassination attempt in March, shortly after he launched his “special military operation” against Ukraine.
“Putin’s grip is strong but no longer absolute,” one intelligence officer who read the report told Newsweek. “The jockeying inside the Kremlin has never been more intense during his rule, everyone sensing that the end is near.”
“What we know is that there is an iceberg out there, albeit one covered in fog,” an unnamed DNI officer said.
“One source of our best intelligence, which is contact with outsiders, largely dried up as a result of the Ukraine war. Putin has had few meetings with foreign leaders. … Putin’s isolation has thus increased levels of speculation,” he added.
Speculation surrounding Putin’s health has kept Western intelligence agencies busy in recent months and photos of the Russian leader sitting at the end of a comically long table during official meetings has only added to the chatter. The DNI source pointed at Putin’s recent meeting with French President Emanuel Macron saying, “There was no shaking of hands, no warm embrace, and we noticed that.”
Furthermore, Putin’s posture has come under scrutiny in recent times and a photo of a slouching Putin, not sitting upright while gripping the table with his hand during a meeting with Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in late April, have contributed to speculation that Putin is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, the Daily Wire reported.
“The May 9 ‘Victory Day’ appearance was next, where a noticeably bloated Russian leader sat slumped,” Newsweek noted, adding, “Three days later, Ukraine’s head of intelligence Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov told U.K. Sky News that Putin was in a ‘very bad psychological and physical condition and he is very sick.’”
“Is Putin sick? Absolutely,” a senior Air Force source noted. “But we shouldn’t let waiting for his death drive proactive actions on our part. A power vacuum after Putin could be very dangerous for the world.”
“Even if they agree that the intelligence [that Putin is dying] is reliable,” the DNI source believes, “they can’t bank on an expiration date nor signal their support for a Russia without Putin.”
“Both President Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin have let slip their desire not only for regime change but also the fall of Russia, and both have since walked back their indelicate statements,” the report added.
“A nuclear-armed Russia is still a nuclear-armed Russia, whether Putin is strong or weak, in or out, and not wanting to provoke him or his potential successor into thinking we are hell bent on their destruction is an important part of continued strategic stability,” the DNI official warned.
Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied that Putin was seriously ill, saying, “You know, President Putin appears in public every day. You can see him on the screens, read his speeches, listen to his speeches. I don’t think sane people can discern any sort of symptom of disease in this man.”
“Putin is definitely sick … whether he’s going to die soon is mere speculation,” the DIA official concluded. “Still, we shouldn’t rest assured. We shouldn’t answer our own mail, if you will, believing only the intelligence that affirms our own desired outcome. He’s still dangerous, and chaos does lie ahead if he does die. We need to focus on that. Be ready.”