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Asher Notheis, Breaking News Reporter


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The FBI is using social media to try and recruit Russians and other information as the United States continues to aid Ukraine in its war with Russia.

The recruitment video, which was posted to Facebook and Twitter, displays scenes from Washington, D.C., and the Russian Embassy while a narrator speaking Russian tells viewers the FBI is looking for spies, expats, and anyone with information about Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Fox News.

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"Do you want to change your future?" said Assistant Director Alan Kohler of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division. "The FBI values you. The FBI can help you, but only you have the power to take the first step."

FBI's Counterintelligence Division Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, to discuss recent law enforcement actions to address transnational repression. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


The launch of this new social media campaign appeared to have begun in February, the same month the war in Ukraine honored its first anniversary.

Former CIA Moscow Station Chief Dan Hoffman was supportive of the campaign, telling the outlet that the message on social media was "sharp" and "smart." However, former Defense Intelligence Agency intelligence officer and native Russian speaker Rebekah Koffler were less enthusiastic about the campaign, telling Fox News Digital the FBI's video was flawed and that the narrator’s commentary did not always make sense, which "undermines the FBI’s credibility."

While the FBI's latest campaign is attempting to reach a wider audience for possible recruitment, as younger people are "constantly on social media," Koffler argued that the government effectively using their campaign is unlikely.

"I wish them luck, but my confidence level in this program being successful is almost zero," Koffler said.

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The Department of Defense is looking into how top-secret documents with details regarding the war in Ukraine were published on social media, with the documents consisting of maps of Ukraine and charts of where troops are concentrated and what weapons are available to them, which was reported by the New York Times. The photos posted on both Twitter and Telegram were pictures taken of the creased maps.

“We are aware of the reports of social media posts, and the department is reviewing the matter,” said Sabrina Singh, the Pentagon's deputy press secretary.