Was Russian intelligence behind US embassy attack?

Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic calls it "a blockbuster piece of reporting" by Eli Lake in the Washington Times. It appears possible that Russian intelligence was behind the bombing of  the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia last September:

The highly classified report about the Sept. 22 incident was described to The Washington Times by two U.S. officials who have read it. They said the report supports the findings of the Georgian Interior Ministry, which traced the bombing to a Russian military intelligence officer.

The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov.

"It is written without hedges, and it confirms the Georgian account," said one U.S. official familiar with the U.S. intelligence report.

This official added that it specifically says the Russian military intelligence, or GRU, coordinated the bombings.

Another official who read a three-page summary of the report said it mentions Maj. Borisov once and connects him to the bombings.

Yevgeny Khorishko, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Washington, dismissed the Georgian charges last week. "All these rounds of allegations are absolutely false and baseless," he said.

Rogue agents or a government inspired plot? Putin would have to be off his nut to order something like that -- not impossible but unlikely. More probable is that it was payback - and desire to intimidate us - by local Russians for our support of the Georgian government during the war.

Congress is understandably interested in this information and there has apparently been a back and forth with the administration over holding hearings. One thing for sure; the info will never be made public. If the American people were to hear of this, they would demand that we not sign a missile defense treaty with Russia nor help Putin get membership in the WTO.

Can't have that - especially now that we've hit the reset button on our relations with Russia.

Too bad the Russkies didn't tell us that pressing that button would blow us up.


Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic calls it "a blockbuster piece of reporting" by Eli Lake in the Washington Times. It appears possible that Russian intelligence was behind the bombing of  the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia last September:

The highly classified report about the Sept. 22 incident was described to The Washington Times by two U.S. officials who have read it. They said the report supports the findings of the Georgian Interior Ministry, which traced the bombing to a Russian military intelligence officer.

The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov.

"It is written without hedges, and it confirms the Georgian account," said one U.S. official familiar with the U.S. intelligence report.

This official added that it specifically says the Russian military intelligence, or GRU, coordinated the bombings.

Another official who read a three-page summary of the report said it mentions Maj. Borisov once and connects him to the bombings.

Yevgeny Khorishko, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Washington, dismissed the Georgian charges last week. "All these rounds of allegations are absolutely false and baseless," he said.

Rogue agents or a government inspired plot? Putin would have to be off his nut to order something like that -- not impossible but unlikely. More probable is that it was payback - and desire to intimidate us - by local Russians for our support of the Georgian government during the war.

Congress is understandably interested in this information and there has apparently been a back and forth with the administration over holding hearings. One thing for sure; the info will never be made public. If the American people were to hear of this, they would demand that we not sign a missile defense treaty with Russia nor help Putin get membership in the WTO.

Can't have that - especially now that we've hit the reset button on our relations with Russia.

Too bad the Russkies didn't tell us that pressing that button would blow us up.


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