Us Legislators’ Photos May Have Endangered Zelenskyy

In the words of NewsNation, ” The safety of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in jeopardy after several MPs tweeted images of a Zoom call over the weekend.

Zelenskyy called a number of members of Congress on Saturday, pleading for the United States to step up its involvement in his country’s conflict with Russia. It appears that the Ukrainian ambassador was not pleased with certain members of both parties tweeting a picture of Zelenskyy from that meeting.

But he claimed to have done so before anyone had asked him not to do so. All three Republican members of Congress, Rep. Steve Daines (Montana), Rep. Jim Himes (Connecticut), and Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), tweeted photos. For his part, Rubio played down the gravity of the photo’s impact on Zelenskyy’s safety during an interview with CNN.

People evacuate the Ukrainian city as one safe passageway is opened.

“That call had been widely reported. Actually, the specific time had been reported,” Rubio said on CNN. “There were over 300 people on it. All the call details had been emailed. So there’s nothing secure about that call. And the picture is just a nondescript picture. It looks just like any of the other ones that you’ve seen out there publicly.”

Jason Blazakis, a former U.S. counterterrorism official, says the picture is not quite “nondescript” enough.

“It is anodyne, you see the flag, you see the brown chair, you see the desk, you see the papers, but you can reverse image search those,” Blazakis said on “Dan Abrams Live.” “Has that been a place where he spoke before? Can you go online and find this area in which he’s speaking and then figure out the location if it was publicly noted when he spoke from it previously? There is a level of risk there that we just can’t ignore.”

Hackers might possibly have gained access to the Zoom to cause havoc or track down Zelenskyy’s whereabouts.

Defending champion tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky has returned to Ukraine to take on the country’s best boxer. In a recent speech, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that he will remain in the capital city of Kyiv. But his advisers claim that they have already thwarted many assassination attempts, although the war is only two weeks old.

Zelenskyy’s strategy will energize his followers, but it also makes him more visible.

“I think he’s really also juxtaposing his strength by showing where he is right now, in the thick of things in Kyiv and juxtaposing that with Putin, who we have no idea where Putin is any given moment,” Blazakis said. “I think he’s trying to show that there is this stark difference, but it is a double-edged sword.”

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