Trump shared secret info about IS with Russians

16 May, 2017, 10:06 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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Immediately after National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster denied the shocking Washington Post report that President Donald Trump leaked classified intel to the Russian ambassador and Foreign Minister, one of the authors of that report stood by his story.

US officials have told Reuters they have always been concerned about disclosing highly classified intelligence to Trump. "Sharing intelligence with an adversary risks jeopardizing counterterrorism cooperation with partners and undermines USA national security".

And a former intelligence operative who dealt with intelligence on Russian Federation said Trump provided enough clues for the Kremlin to figure out the source of the information.

The feeding frenzy Monday was brought on by a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials in a meeting last week.

U.S. officials informed on the matter told the Post that the USA did not have permission to share the intelligence and that the leak jeopardises cooperation with the source, which has "access to the inner workings of the Islamic State".

"Trump went on to discuss aspects of the threat that the United States learned only through the espionage capabilities of a key partner". And if he (Trump) thinks classified intelligence information is something you're supposed to brag about to Russian Federation.

No other news source has confirmed the information in the Post report, and none of the information has been independently verified.

US reporters were not permitted to cover the meeting.

"I was in the room", McMaster said.

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"This kind of disclosure could harm national security by jeopardizing important sources of information needed to disrupt terrorist attacks", Wyden said in a statement.

The intelligence shared at the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak was supplied by a US ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials said. He departed without taking questions. He said that during that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations. The Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, called the allegations "very, very troubling" if true. Investigators are already probing possible coordination between Trump's campaign and the Russian government, and the president has struggled to shake the issue as he tries to advance his legislative agenda.

"Even if President Trump unwittingly blew a highly classified code-word source to the Russians, that would be unsafe enough", Pelosi said.

One exception was Arizona Senator John McCain, who called Monday's report, "If true, deeply disturbing".

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., said that if The Washington Post's report was true, it was "inexcusable".

The meeting came a day after that firing, and was already controversial in itself, a red carpet welcome for top aides of Vladimir Putin just months after being hit with United States sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Even before he was inaugurated, intelligence professionals anxious about sharing classified information with Trump, who often shoots from the hip.

It was unclear precisely where they were coming from or what they were - but after a reporter tweeted about the noise, White House staffers quickly turned up the volume on the office television, blaring a newscast loudly enough to drown out any other potential noise. "The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration", Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said in a statement.

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