On January 18, Manning was quoted in a SpyTalk article regarding the behavior of Russian president Vladimir Putin and what the US response might be.

“The diplomatic game of chicken between Russia and the U.S. appears to be rolling toward a violent climax, with a U.S. official warning Tuesday that the situation is ‘extremely dangerous,’ and that Russia could invade Ukraine ‘at any moment.’ The U.S.-Russia talks appear to be ‘at a dead end,’ as one Kremlin diplomat put it last week, even as they intend to give it one more try on Friday in Vienna.”

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