It's possible that the Georgian government is intentionally misleading journalists
Eli Lake dropped a bombshell in the Washington Times this morning:
A bomb blast near the U.S. Embassy in Tblisi, Georgia, in September was traced to a plot run by a Russian military intelligence officer, according to an investigation by the Georgian Interior Ministry.
Shota Utiashvili, the most senior official in charge of intelligence analysis for the ministry, said in an interview with The Washington Times that the recent spate of bombings and attempted bombings - including what he said was a blast targeting the U.S. Embassy - was the work of Russian GRU officer Maj. Yevgeny Borisov.
The case against Russia and Borisov, however, is not so clear-cut. One problem with the piece is that it only quotes Georgian officials alleging Borisov's involvement -- to put it kindly, they have a vested interest in blaming everything on Russia. In 2009, I wrote a piece for the Columbia Journalism Review about how Georgia and Russia were both ramping-up efforts to portray each other as heartless tyrants oppressing people and starting wars.
What I found particularly interesting was how the pro-Georgia side was resorting to almost apocalyptic terms to describe Russia -- led by Senator John McCain, the narrative is obsessed with Russia trying to "restore the old Russian empire," as if large countries should not seek influence and power in their near-abroad. Perhaps uncoincidentally, McCain staffers like Randy Scheunemann have long-standing ties to powerful DC lobbying firms hired by the Georgian government.