CIA report sees Russia behind bombing of US embassy in Georgia
July 28, 2011 1 Comment
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
A classified US intelligence report indicates that Russian intelligence is behind an ongoing string of bombings in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, which have included an attack on the US embassy in Georgian capital Tbilisi. The attack, which took place on September 22, 2010, damaged the embassy’s exterior wall. A subsequent investigation by the Georgian Ministry of the Interior concluded that the bombing was coordinated by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, also known as GRU. The investigation identified one GRU officer, Major Yevgeny Borisov, as the primary instigator of the attacks. Borisov, who is believed to be operating in Georgia’s breakaway republic of Abkhazia, was tried and convicted in absentia for his alleged role in the bombings. Now an article in The Washington Times says that a US intelligence report compiled last December by the CIA, with input from several US spy agencies, echoes the conclusions of the Georgian investigation into the bombings. The Times quotes “two US officials who have read” the report as saying that “it confirms the Georgian account” and fingers Major Borisov as the one of the main culprits behind the bombings. It also quotes “two Obama administration officials” who say that the US Department of State has taken up the issue with “the most senior levels of Russia’s Foreign Ministry”. Russia and Georgia have been engaged in a vicious intelligence war since the early 1990s, with casualties on both sides. In one recent case, three prominent Georgian photojournalists were arrested and charged by Tbilisi with spying for Moscow. The Times contacted Yevgeny Khorishko, spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington, who dismissed the paper’s allegations about Russian government involvement in the Tbilisi embassy bombing as “absolutely false and baseless”. The US National Security Council and the CIA declined to comment.