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What do Western intelligence services believe? Аny discriminating reader should ask, “What do they know to be true?” The third question might be about electronic communication intercepts between Dyumin and Dmitry Utkin. The fourth: Who QC-ed them?
We have answers to the above questions, but. But it’s probably better not to put them in writing during the liberation phase of the war. DO NO HARM is the first rule in journalism, at least on the Ukraine side, and that’s as it should be.
That some hear what may be obscured or totally lacking in the convos between Aleksey and Dmitry is principally because a significant portion of what can be understood is supplied by the context of the exchanges. Native speakers draw on vast amounts of shared knowledge to construct meaning when they are listening. It is not so much that the speech sounds contain meaning; it is rather that they trigger meaning.
Aleksey and Dmitry have interacted with each other for more than a decade. Words they exchanged on June 24, 2023 are a lot less important than what they meant to say (which is much more important than anonymous western official confabs and press props involving Prigozhin, Surovikin, Lukashenko and the other clowns involved in the mutiny, including the public ad libs provided by Zolotov and Putin).
Maybe Avril can ask Tiger Team to dig up all their archived convos since, er, February 2014 and make them available to the same western jornos who filed stories at the time about pro-Russian grassroots separatist movements in Donbas.