The head of the British spy agency known as the British Government Communications Headquarters, Jeremy Fleming, revealed that “Vladimir Putin has made a strategic miscalculation in launching the invasion of Ukraine and his advisers are “afraid to tell him the truth” about the extent of his error, the boss of British spy agency GCHQ said in a speech on Thursday.”
This came in a speech delivered by Fleming yesterday, Wednesday, at the Australian National University in Canberra, in which he explained that “new intelligence information showed that “some Russian soldiers – short of weapons and morale – refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft.”
He emphasized that Putin had “underestimated” the capabilities of the Russian army, which was once formidable, and that at the same time he miscalculated the scale of Ukrainian people’s resistance and the strength of the administration’s position in the West, which punished Moscow with sanctions amid great tight coordination.
According to Reuters, three US officials with knowledge of the intelligence said: “The United States estimates that Russia is suffering from failures of some precision-guided missiles at rates of up to 60 percent.”
The Government Communications Authority, which gathers communications from around the world to detect and intercept threats to Britain, has a close relationship with the US National Security Agency and spy agencies in Australia, Canada and New Zealand through a grouping known as the “Five Eyes”.