CIA has blood on hands in Ukraine: Analyst
… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor, …. Press TV, Tehran
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– First published April 15, 2014 –
The revelation of CIA Director John Brennan’s visit to Ukraine is proof of the US intelligence agency’s involvement in March’s coup, an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.
Jim W. Dean’s column on Tuesday was in reaction to the White House’s confirmation of CIA chief’s visit to Kiev on Monday.
“The Kiev coup-meisters had to have made Brennan aware of their plans, and he was smart enough to realize that if they carried through with deploying military forces against the referendum cities, then all eyes would be on his visit as playing a key role,” wrote the analyst.
He said the putchists in Ukraine “must have had CIA endorsement of their action.”
“Both the coup-meisters and the US State Department are joined at the hip on who has made the biggest fools of themselves,” wrote Dean.
He said the CIA boss had met with “a good number of senior coup members and the top security people” during his secret visit. The White House said Brennan’s visit to Kiev was “part of a trip to Europe”, adding, “We don’t normally comment on the CIA director’s travel.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for explanation from Washington over Brennan’s visit. Russia’s top diplomat also accused the West of “off-the-scale” hypocrisy over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Ukrainian deposed President Viktor Yanukovych said on Sunday that the CIA is provoking bloodshed in the country by sanctioning the use of weapons against pro-Russia protesters.
Political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia.