In a breathtakingly revealing article in the Washington Post on September 14, 2016, reporter Greg Miller laid out a sweeping overview of the United States’ espionage efforts against Russia, which, he reported, are intensifying amid a surge in Russian assertiveness in both international affairs and, specifically, in U.S. internal politics.

One would be hard-pressed to find a more revealing leak of current and future U.S. intelligence priorities and activities than that revealed in Miller’s article. While Miller has consistently shown that he has very good sources within the U.S. intelligence community, the CIA in particular, his most recent article nonetheless begs the question as to why these plans and intentions are being publicly laid bare at this time.

This is in no way to imply that Mr. Miller is not doing his job as a reporter, digging up newsworthy stories about the U.S. intelligence community, using his impressive stable of sources. This author is sure that he is, in fact, doing just that, which may even account for the great majority of the substance found in the article.

However, what seems noteworthy to this author is that the article is filled with such a level of detail and specificity that there is perhaps a deeper motive here. In other words, it is possible that the U.S. government has decided to send an open message to Moscow that it is tired of the latter’s meddling in international affairs, and specifically in U.S. presidential politics. This is very likely a proverbial shot across the bow, and an attempt to put the Russians on alert that the U.S. government is ready to get serious.

Frankly, it is about time. The Russian government has acted with near impunity over the last few years, flexing its muscles in Ukraine, Georgia, Syria, and beyond. It has sown division among European nations, and likely has engaged in cyber espionage in an attempt to influence the U.S. elections.

The Obama administration has done relatively little to counter these audacious Russian political moves, probably because it has wavered between wanting a “reset” with Putin (so that the latter will work with the U.S. in putting an end to the Syrian Civil War) and returning the United States to a posture closer to the Cold War than any seen since the early 1990s.

Miller’s recent article in the Washington Post would seem to indicate an explicit decision to move back toward that Cold War posture, even though unnamed U.S. officials cited (anonymously) in the article stated, “While the need for better intelligence on Russia is considered an urgent priority, there is no intent to return the CIA or other spy agencies to Cold War footings.”

The fact that officials felt the need to state this point so explicitly implies that this is a significant reallocation of intelligence resources toward the Russian target, despite any protestations to the contrary. In other words, it seems to be at once a classic case of warning “we are about to do this” while also throwing out a Jedi wave, claiming “these aren’t the droids you are looking for.”