US Busts Russia on Tape With Ukraine Spies
John Kerry revelation comes even as secretary apologizes for the last one
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2014 1:22 AM CDT
Updated Apr 29, 2014 9:23 AM CDT
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, Thursday April 24, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. Brende spoke about the Middle East Peace...   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – US intelligence has recordings of Russian officials giving orders to operatives in the Ukraine, proving that Russia is indeed behind the forces destabilizing Eastern Ukraine, John Kerry told Trilateral Commission leaders Friday, in a closed-door meeting that, ironically enough, was recorded and leaked to the Daily Beast. "Everybody can tell the difference in the accents, in the idioms, in the language. We know exactly who’s giving those orders," Kerry said. "This is insulting to everybody's intelligence, let alone to our nations and how we ought to be behaving in the 21st century. It's thuggism."

Kerry spent yesterday apologizing for the last revelation to come from the Beast's recording—that he'd suggested Israel could become "an apartheid state," the New York Times reports. "If I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word," Kerry said in a statement, noting his long record of support for Israel. "I do not believe, nor have I ever stated, publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one." A range of groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, US Jewish organizations, and Republicans in Congress, had criticized his initial remarks, Politico notes.

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Joe Silver
May 1, 2014 11:52 PM CDT
They both speak Russian - How did Horseface know which was which???? The US commentary becomes increasingly hysterical and farcical. How about Horseface tells us what he did with MH370
May 1, 2014 7:02 PM CDT
HAHAHAHA! This is hilarious. I doubt anyone can tell if I'm Ukrainian or Russian. I'm fluent in both languages. Insulting to intelligence? What intelligence Tinman? Perhaps a hypocrisy about not expanding NATO or that missile defense in Poland and Czech Republic is there to protect Europe against North Korea? If you want to tell lame stories, start with your self and that sloppy coup in Kiev.
Apr 30, 2014 12:27 PM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: So far Mr. Russian President Putin's new USSR ambition to colonize Eastern Ukraine is groundless, only the West can see a bunch of pro-Russian Separatists are no more than rascals, they bully, they terrorize, they act tyrannically, they behave in total disregard of Ukraine's federal laws. BUT, Mr. Putin has not provide his Russian financial security, potential observation and livelihood of his Russian colonization to guarantee to the pro-Russia Eastern Ukrainian, but just a Mr. Putin's empty-shell and fancy. There is NO Mr. Putin being a white Russian Chairman Mao Ze-dong to the Eastern Ukrainian.