Alleged U.S. intel report claims confirmation that Putin is sick with cancer and may die soon

There have been speculative reports for some time now that Russian President Vladimir Putin is suffering from a serious illness and deteriorating physical health.

Now those rumors have allegedly been confirmed by the U.S. intelligence community and the purported illness has been identified as some form of cancer, the New York Post reported.

That assessment seems to coincide with mysterious disappearances by Putin or odd behaviors exhibited by him when seen publicly, as well as with comprehensive investigative reports that have emerged out of Russia itself in recent weeks and months.

Alleged classified intel report on Putin’s health

It was Newsweek that first reported exclusively on an allegedly classified U.S. intelligence report that was supposedly issued secretly in late May, according to three unnamed senior intelligence officials who were reported to have personally read the report.

That report was described as having claimed confirmation that Putin had received treatment for an advanced form of cancer in April, as well as that the Russian leader had survived an internal assassination attempt in March.

“Putin’s grip is strong but no longer absolute,” one of the anonymous officials told Newsweek. “The jockeying inside the Kremlin has never been more intense during his rule, everyone sensing that the end is near.”

Putin is “definitely sick” and may be close to death

The three officials — one from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, another from the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the third a retired Air Force intelligence officer — all seemed to caution that direct intelligence about Putin was increasingly difficult to obtain, due in large part to Putin’s increased isolation, and that elements of the report were speculative.

Nevertheless, Putin’s unusual physical behavior observed in recent public appearances seems to indicate that all is not well with the Russian president, and a general consensus has allegedly formed that Putin is very sick and potentially on the verge of dying — though, again, the officials warned that such a determination could simply be “wishful thinking.”

“Putin is definitely sick … whether he’s going to die soon is mere speculation,” the DIA official summarized. “Still, we shouldn’t rest assured. We shouldn’t answer our own mail, if you will, believing only the intelligence that affirms our own desired outcome. He’s still dangerous, and chaos does lie ahead if he does die. We need to focus on that. Be ready.”

Alleged intel report denied by Kremlin and White House

Of course, Russian officials have routinely denied speculative reports about Putin’s health for months, if not years, and U.S. News reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov did exactly that over the weekend.

“President Vladimir Putin appears in public every day. You can see him on the screens, read his speeches, listen to his speeches,” Lavrov said. “I don’t think sane people can discern any sort of symptom of disease in this man.”

Furthermore, Newsweek noted that President Joe Biden’s National Security Council directly disputed and dismissed the alleged intelligence report and its conclusions about the Russian president, and an NSC spokesperson told the outlet, “Reports that any such intelligence community assessments exist or that they have been briefed to the president are not true.”

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