Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Commentaries And Analysis On Reports That President Trump Shared Intelligence On ISIS With The Russians

US President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov © Russian Foreign Ministry / Global Look Press

Washington Post editorial: Trump can’t be trusted with sensitive information — and now the world knows

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S disclosure of highly classified information to senior Russian officials was the most disturbing demonstration yet that he is dangerously unprepared to handle sensitive national security matters. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump essentially confirmed a Post report that he provided details of the Islamic State’s plotting of airline attacks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting last week. The Post reported that the information could allow Moscow to identify the source of the intelligence, which came through a foreign government with which U.S. spy agencies have a fragile relationship.

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Commentaries And Analysis On Reports That President Trump Shared Intelligence On ISIS With The Russians

All you need to know about Trump, Russia and classified information -- Haroon Siddique, The Guardian
Can President Donald Trump share top secret information? -- BBC
Ex-intelligence leaders: ‘Nightmare’ if Trump leaked to Russia -- Bryan bender, Politico
What Did Donald Trump Tell the Russians? -- David Graham, The Atlantic
Did Donald Trump brief the Russians? -- The Economist
Middle East allies at physical and political risk from Trump leak -- Martin Chulov, The Guardian
Analysis: Trump intel sharing risks damaging US alliances -- Julie Pace, The Guardian
How dangerous are classified secrets claims for Trump? -- Anthony Zurcher, BBC
If Donald Trump did reveal information to Russia, he didn't break the law - but that doesn't mean it's over -- ABC News Online
Reliable Sources: Why we should believe the anonymous officials in the Washington Post’s leak story over McMaster, Tillerson, and Trump. -- William Saletan, Slate
Puppet? No Puppet. You’re the Puppet. -- Josh Marshall, TPM
What's Behind Bogus Story About Trump Sharing Sensitive Intel Data With Russia -- Sputnik


fred lapides said...

Here is one reaction from a nation that is an ally and the source of the intel

fred lapides said...

the classified information concerned Israel’s capabilities for intercepting operational communications and signals. This branch is one of the most sensitive and secret in the field of military intelligence. Possession of this advanced capability makes it possible to monitor the most clandestine military operations, without leaving any clue to the tracker. This interception technology is also capable of seriously disrupting the military operations of an enemy.

Until President Trump shared this information with Lavrov, the Russian military and intelligence services were not aware that Israel possessed this intelligence technology, or that it was operational. Neither were the Russians aware that Israel had let the Americans know about it. The learned all this for the first time when Lavrov and Kislyak talked to the president in the White House last Wednesday.

fred lapides said...

Obama Willing to Serve as Temp President While Trump Receives Psychiatric Evaluation
By Andy Borowitz

Obama said that he was a “logical choice” because of his time in the White House. “For starters, I know how the light switches work.”