When someone is telling you how important he or she is, it is a pretty good indicator that person is not terribly relevant. I think the same principle applies to the CIA, who in the last week is bragging through sources that thanks to the Agency’s intel the Ukrainians are whacking a dozen Russian Generals and sinking the Moskva.
There was a time when the CIA actually tried to keep secrets and shied away from advertising its hidden helping hand. During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, the CIA was given the mandate of arming and training Islamic fighters eager to expel the Russians. While I am sure that the Soviets knew what the CIA was doing in general terms, the public