WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence agencies disagreed on whether Russian President
“We have begun a review to see what pieces were missing here,” said
Lawmakers who read the competing intelligence analyses say they were given little guidance of what to believe, and were surprised last Friday when the Russians began taking control of border posts, airports and regional government facilities in Crimea.
A classified report earlier in the week by the
A separate classified analysis from the
A closed-door briefing to members of
“I think the Russian steps came as a surprise,” said Rep.
The DIA declined comment, while a CIA spokesman defended that agency's analysis.
“Since the beginning of the political unrest in Ukraine, the CIA has regularly updated policymakers to ensure they have an accurate and timely picture of the unfolding
Shawn Turner, a spokesman for James R.