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Congress Briefed on “Serious National Security Threat” Linked to Russian Military Capabilities

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House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner has made available to all Congress members information regarding a “serious national security threat,” with the nature of the threat being closely tied to Russia’s military capabilities. This disclosure, as reported by CNN, comes amid growing concerns about Russia’s potential to destabilize international stability, particularly in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the deliberation over US aid to Kyiv.

While specifics of the threat remain closely guarded, sources familiar with the intelligence have described it as “very sensitive” and “highly concerning,” pointing to a recent discovery of a Russian capability that poses significant destabilization risks. Despite the alarming revelations, House Speaker Mike Johnson has sought to temper public concern, emphasizing the government’s proactive stance in managing the situation without causing panic. “We just want to assure everyone steady hands are at the wheel,” Johnson stated, indicating a controlled approach to the unfolding scenario.

The decision to inform Congress members underscores the weight of the situation, with Turner urging a broad awareness among lawmakers and calling for the Biden administration to declassify related information to facilitate a more open discussion on potential responses. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s planned meeting with top lawmakers, intended to precede Turner’s public disclosure, signifies the administration’s commitment to addressing the threat in collaboration with Congressional leadership.

Sullivan expressed surprise at Turner’s public announcement but reaffirmed the administration’s openness to declassifying intelligence when it serves national security interests. “The Biden administration has gone further and in more creative, more strategic ways, dealt with the declassification of intelligence in the national interest of the United States than any administration in history,” Sullivan highlighted, pointing to a precedent of transparency and strategic disclosure in matters of national significance.