US President Joe Biden praised the work of CIA employees for their role in assessing Vladimir Putin’s intentions ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which he called “critical to our ability to rally our allies” in a speech at CIA headquarters on Friday.
Biden said the work of intelligence officials made it possible to "forwarn the world."
“We saw what he was doing. You saw the forces he was amassing, the plans he was making. Exposing Putin playbook punched a gigantic hole in the pretense and discredited his lies about what we were doing in Ukraine,” Biden said.
Biden said the intelligence on Putin helped keep the NATO nations aligned in the effort to preserve Ukraine’s autonomy and push back against Russia’s invasion.
“And by the way, I've spent well over 135 hours doing just that on almost a daily basis because Putin counted on, counted on the ability to break up NATO and a break our resolve,” Biden added.