Putin “has advanced cancer, treated in April”: the US intelligence report

from Giuseppe Sarcina

The revelation on Putin’s illness contained in a classified report of which Newsweek reports: according to sources, the tsar’s hold on power would no longer be absolute, and the maneuvers around him would be intense. The Russian president escaped an assassination attempt in March

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
WASHINGTON – Vladimir Putin seriusly sick. So much so that in April he was subjected to a medical treatment for an advanced form of cancer.

Newsweek raises the rumors about the health conditions of the Russian president. The American weekly cites three personalities that they would have read a confidential report from the American secret services.

In detail, Newsweek’s informants are: an official of the National Intelligence Directorate (Dni), the structure that coordinates the 17 secret service agencies; a member of Pentagon intelligence and, finally, a former Air Force officer.

According to these sources Putin’s hold on the government is no longer absolute. Maneuvers inside the Kremlin have never been so intense in the last twenty years; everyone has the feeling that the end is near.

The report would also confirm that Putin reportedly escaped an assassination attempt in March.

The alleged Putin’s disease69, has been holding the spot for months, especially on social media.

Rumors and rumors chase each other: He has cancer; no, she has Parkinson’s. Some revelations have gone so far as to surreal. Just to name one: the Kremlin has a plan to replace Putin with a double at some public events.


However the US secret services have been monitoring Putin’s appearances for months nowtrying to identify the symptoms of a possible pathology: shaking of a hand or foot, suspicious swelling of the face.

The Dni agent, interviewed by Newsweek, observes: What we do know is that this is an iceberg, although it is shrouded in fog. the same feeling that Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has shared multiple times with reporters: US intelligence has limited visibility into what is happening in Moscow. The director of the CIA, William Burns, also warned Congress, in a couple of hearings: be careful because we have little information on the balances within the Russian nomenklatura.

Putin isolated himself even more; he drastically reduced his meetings with foreign heads of state. As a result, the work of the American 007s has also become more complex. Also experience, warns this time, the former Air Force officer, advises caution: We must remember the lessons of the past. The secret services were sure that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that Osama bin Laden was suffering from severe kidney dysfunction. Two errors of evaluation.

But if Putin were really seriously ill, there would be less risk of a nuclear conflict, because a weak leader might have more trouble getting through such a devastating decision.

In any case, the conclusion of the report, the US government shouldn’t stop and wait for Putin’s death and should also worry about what might happen in the event of a dangerous power vacuum at the top of Russia.


All these speculations are probably becoming a political problem for Moscow. So much so that last Monday, so even before the revelation of Newsweek, the foreign minister Sergei Lavrov he had declared on a French TV: A sane person would not be able to identify the signs of a disease in Putin’s behavior.

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