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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

The nation's intelligence chief says Russia's military activities in Ukraine did not come as a total surprise.

"We tracked (the situation in Ukraine) pretty carefully and portrayed what the possibilities were and certainly portrayed the difficulties we'd have, because of the movements of Russian troops and provided anticipatory warning of their incursion into Crimea," said James Clapper, director of national intelligence.

Speaking to radio station WTOP in Washington, D.C., Clapper disputed statements by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others that Russia's actions in Ukraine exposed a "massive failure" by U.S. intelligence failures.

Clapper told WTOP: "I have lived through some genuine intelligence failures in my career and this was not a failure by any stretch."

He also said: "We were following closely the political and economic developments in Ukraine. We spoke to it in our statement for the record at the time and as the situation unfolded with the Russians."



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