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Ex CIA chief claims Putin could be killed ‘with f**king hammer to the head’ in inner circle plot

Vladimir Putin could be assassinated with a f***ing hammer to the head in a secret plot by his own inner circle, a former CIA chief has claimed.

Daniel Hoffman, an ex-senior officer serving as a station chief in Moscow, said the Russian leader’s comrades might try to oust him over the failed invasion of Ukraine.

The intelligence officer believes any attempt to overthrow the strongman will be swift and potentially lethal.

He told the Daily Beast“These guys who are going to do it are going to be so secretive about it so that Putin doesn’t find them and kill them first. It will happen suddenly. And he will be dead.

‘No one will ask, ‘Hey Vladimir, do you want to leave?’ No. It’s a goddamn hammer to the head and he’s dead.

‘Or it’s time to go to the sanitarium. They shun him. They will.’

Daniel Hoffman

Vladimir Putin could be assassinated with a 'f***ing hammer to the head' in a secret plot by his own inner circle, claimed former CIA chief Daniel Hoffman

Vladimir Putin could be assassinated with a ‘f***ing hammer to the head’ in a secret plot by his own inner circle, claimed former CIA chief Daniel Hoffman (left)

Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev (pictured next to Putin in 2015) is among those tipped for the top job

Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev (pictured next to Putin in 2015) is among those tipped for the top job

Hoffman speculated that the three key figures who could be behind a plot are Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev and FSB director Alexander Bortnikov.

He says that one of these three will likely have leadership ambitions after Putin and would keep a close eye on any possible uprising.

The reference to the hammer on the head is reminiscent of the murder of the Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky, who was killed by an ice pick to the head on the orders of Joseph Stalin.

Meanwhile, another spy chief has argued that an assassination attempt may not be necessary because Putin “doesn’t have long life ahead of him” due to his ill health.

Russian FSB intelligence director Alexander Bortnikov (pictured) could be monitoring Putin's orbit, it is alleged

Russian FSB intelligence director Alexander Bortnikov (pictured) could be monitoring Putin’s orbit, it is alleged

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (pictured with Putin last week) was a key figure in the war in Ukraine

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (pictured with Putin last week) was a key figure in the war in Ukraine

Major General Kyrylo Budanov said Kiev spies who infiltrated the Kremlin made the claims based on “human intelligence.”

Mr. Budanov added: ‘Putin doesn’t have a long life ahead of him’, USA today reported.

Putin’s health has been the subject of intense speculation for months, which escalated further after he was pictured grabbing a table during a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

And earlier this month, the 69-year-old president’s legs seemed to buckle during a speech in Moscow.

Putin, 70, waved as filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov took home an award this month

Putin, 70, waved as filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov took home an award this month

The president was attending an awards ceremony in the Kremlin when he looked unsteady.

Putin waved his speech as Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov accepted an award.

It came just days after a Kremlin insider claimed Putin had been advised by doctors not to make “long” public appearances after falling ill during recent talks with his military leaders.

maj.  Gene.  Budanov told USA Today his agency expects Putin to die in just two years

maj. Gene. Budanov told USA Today his agency expects Putin to die in just two years

The Russian president felt “a sharp illness, weakness and dizziness” as he rose from his desk after a recent video conference with advisers and military leaders, Telegram broadcaster General SVR reported.

Putin’s bad attitude and apparently bloated face and neck sparked speculation about the leader’s health, which has been said to have been poor since the invasion of Ukraine.

The Kremlin leader would need urgent cancer surgery in April.

Putin also reportedly suffers from Parkinson’s and “schizophrenic symptoms,” according to self-proclaimed “Kremlin insiders.”

They wrote through the Telegram channel General SVR: “Russian President Vladimir Putin has oncology and the latest problems encountered during [his latest] research are associated with this disease.’

Meanwhile, Michael Clarke, a colleague from King’s College London, told Sky News: “He will turn 70 on October 7. He’s been known to get quite a bit of botox, I always say he tries to embalm himself while he’s alive – he does take a lots of Botox.

Putin's legs gave out during a speech in Moscow, adding to growing rumors about his health problems

Putin’s legs gave out during a speech in Moscow, adding to growing rumors about his health problems

A bloated Putin was seen months ago holding a table slumped in his chair during a televised meeting with his defense minister Sergei Shoigu months ago, sparking intense speculation

A bloated Putin was seen months ago holding a table slumped in his chair during a televised meeting with his defense minister Sergei Shoigu months ago, sparking intense speculation

“He travels with doctors, there is a known small team of doctors who are never far away, and it is said that he regularly leaves meetings to consult with someone.

“I suspect he’s just a hypochondriac, to be honest.

“If he is sick, or gets sick, that would be a way out for Russia to say that the president has resigned and that the war will now be continued by Nikolai Patrushev – who is just as filthy as he is.”

An FSB officer also described the Russian president’s condition as a “serious form of rapidly progressing cancer” as speculation mounted that Putin suffered from some form of serious illness during the invasion of Ukraine.

Oliver Stone, an American director who interviewed Putin for two years for a documentary series, said the Russian leader had cancer, but defeated it

Oliver Stone, an American director who interviewed Putin for two years for a documentary series, said the Russian leader had cancer, but defeated it

Vladimir Putin’s Five Medically Related Disappearances

Nov 2012President’s business trips and long-haul flights are canceled, some Putin meetings shown by the Kremlin turn out to be ‘canned food’

March 5 – 15, 2015: Putin does not appear in public, all meetings are ‘canned’ – in other words pre-recorded events were shown with the appearance of being in real time

August 9-16, 2017: President visits Abkhazia and Sochi with journalists, then Kremlin only publishes ‘canned food’ for a week

February 2018: In the midst of an election campaign, the president cancels public events. Peskov admits head of state ‘had a cold’

September 13-29, 2021: Putin goes into ‘self-isolation’, all events will be held via video link

Talks about the Russian leader’s terminal illness emerged as part of a secret message from the Russian agent to fugitive and former FSB agent Boris Karpicchkov.

The report warned that Putin is refusing to wear glasses for fear he would acknowledge some form of weakness, and he is now lashing out at his subordinates with “uncontrolled anger.”

Other spies have also alluded to the strongman’s ill health, warning that he could not concentrate for long periods of time without taking breaks “for treatment.”

Christopher Steele, a former MI6 Russia desk employee, explained that Putin was constantly monitored and accompanied by a team of doctors, while rumors of a new succession plan continued to circulate in the Kremlin.

Whispers about Putin’s health began at least two years ago when he reportedly suffered from both Parkinson’s and cancer, but gained renewed attention after his invasion of Ukraine.

The Kremlin has not commented on the latest allegations of Putin’s ill health, but regularly denies that he is experiencing any kind of trouble.

General SVR wrote last week: ‘In the night of Monday 16 May to Tuesday 17 May, Russian President Vladimir Putin was operated on.

The fact that Putin needed surgery as soon as possible was emphasized by his attending doctors.

“According to the doctors involved in treating the president, the operation was a success.

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