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US Intel chief calls Russia information leak a 'crime'

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe (pictured) issued a statement denouncing the leaks of classified information regarding Russia's alleged offer of a bounty to Afghan militants for targeting US troops. He called the release of such findings a "crime" that puts the US forces at risk, as the "alleged intelligence" referenced in the media is still being investigated.

"The selective leaking of any classified information disrupts the vital interagency work to collect, assess, and mitigate threats and places our forces at risk. It is also, simply put, a crime," Ratcliffe wrote.

The comments come after New York Times reported Russia's General Staff of the Armed Forces (GRU) hired the Taliban to attack US and coalition troops in Afghanistan with an aim to get the country out of the region. Following the report's release, US President Donald Trump was accused of knowing about the issue and not taking action against Moscow, which he denied.

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