What is wrong with Russian President Vladimir Putin? For a guy who swims two hours every morning, he quite frankly does not look well. Then, there was the odd photograph of him at an extra-long table with his generals at the other far end. Was it his health that Putin was protecting, his life, or just his paranoia?
The Jerusalem Post wrote that the Russian leader went missing from the “public eyes:”
‘Putin also disappeared from the public eye for certain periods at a time, per Proekt, who said 12 specialists, including personal doctors, neurosurgeons, and a rehabilitation specialist, checked in at the Sochi hospital near his residence in November 2016. ‘
Three officials spoke to The Newsweek Magazine for its exclusive. They said with Putin isolating himself, of course, U.S. intelligence cannot accurately get a real grip on his situation. Theses officials included a member of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and a retired senior member of the Air Force.
On Victory Day American intelligence noticed Putin’s “bloated: and “slumped” look:
‘[The] noticeably bloated Russian leader sat slumped. Putin’s health, and his inability (or reluctance) to declare victory in Ukraine went together. The U.S. intelligence community agreed that his situation was graver than previously thought, and his physical exhaustion was matched by Russia’s own exhaustion.’
Ukraine’s Intelligence leader Major General Kyrylo Budanov described Putin’s appearance:
‘[He was in a] very bad psychological and physical condition and he is very sick.’
One of his the senior intelligence officers had “direct access” to the reports:
‘Putin’s grip is strong but no longer absolute. The jockeying inside the Kremlin has never been more intense during his rule, everyone sensing that the end is near.’.
The DNI leader corresponded with Newsweek via email, but only on the condition of anonymity:
‘What we know is that there is an iceberg out there, albeit one covered in fog.’
The DIA official said that the Russian leader’s “isolation has thus increased levels of speculation:”
‘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.’
The former Air Force official said:
‘We need to be mindful of the influence of wishful thinking. We learned—or didn’t learn—that lesson the hard way with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.’
According to the DNI leader, France’s intelligence showed many glimpses of Putin’s condition during President Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Putin:
‘There was no shaking of hands, no warm embrace, and we noticed that.’
As it turned out Putin had been receiving cancer treatments, according to U.S. intelligence reports.
Then, there was that assassination attempt on the Russian leader this March. For a while, that was merely speculation. The CIA and other international “foreign intelligence services” began picking up rumors about it, too. Then, the Kremlin confirmed the assassination attempt.
The DNI leader commented:
‘Someone once seen as omnipotent was now mostly seen as struggling with the future, his own in particular.’
Budanov also confirmed that the Kremlin had been looking for ways to overthrow Putin.
The rampant rumors indicated that Putin had advanced pancreatic cancer with only three to four months to live. If we see the Russian leader after that timeframe, that will give some evidence to the viability of this rumor.
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