Mike Morell, Deputy Director of the
Central Intelligence Agency
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On the first level, world opinion is nearly unanimous that Vladimir Putin has created the Ukrainian separatist group and has funded and equipped them with sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles with which to take down Ukrainian military aircraft.. Thus Putin is complicit in shooting down mh 17.
The second level of complicity would be triggered if indeed Putin gave the separatists this particular anti-aircraft missile system and trained them in how to use it.
The third level of complicity would occur if the Russian Special Forces were actually there assisting the separatists in the shoot down. This is the most difficult to prove.
The anti-aircraft equipment has been removed, most probably into Russian territory.
The only way to determine levels two and three is through intelligence sources.
So, at a bare minimum, Morel comments, Putin is supporting these insurgents.