In April, the internet was awash with confidential US military documents about the war in Ukraine. A US Air National Guardsman was subsequently charged with posting the cache of classified material in an online gaming chatroom. Tim Ripley investigates the insights they offer into the air war between Russia and Ukraine
When the first documents from the so-called Pentagon Leak appeared online at the beginning of April, the headlines looked bad for US President Joe Biden. His intelligence agencies were eavesdropping on key allied leaders, the Ukrainian air defence was running out of missiles and Pentagon chiefs were questioning whether Kiev’s troops could launch a successful counter offensive this year.