Israel was source for some of information shared with the Russians

Postado Mai 19, 2017

A USA president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, but US and allied officials said by giving information to Russia, Trump had endangered cooperation from an ally that has intelligence on Daesh.

HORSLEY: The president was speaking there during a meeting with the president of Turkey, one of a number of key meetings he's holding this week as he gets ready to set out on his first foreign trip. In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump acknowledged that he had shared the information, said that he had an "absolute right" to do so, and he had done so to encourage Russian Federation to ramp up its efforts against the Islamic State.

Many in the counter-terrorism community also feel that what the president did was a mistake as Russian Federation is not the part of a coalition fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS). Now it says Trump's disclosure was "wholly appropriate".

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren't already publicly known", McMaster told reporters Monday night. The sensitivity is heightened because the Russians share information closely with the Syrian regime.

The intelligence Trump revealed is said to be related to an Islamic State (ISIS) threat to airline travel, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The president then denounced leaks he said were coming from the US intelligence community.

The Russian president said he initially found debates about Russia's meddling in USA politics as "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".

A day later, McMaster said he stands by statement and the meeting "in no way" compromised intelligence sources.

Mr Trump spent the campaign arguing that his opponent, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, should be locked up for careless handling of classified information.

According to USA and diplomatic officials, Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the information about ISIS bomb-making capabilities that the President discussed with Russian diplomats. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Israeli officials would not confirm to The New York Times if they were the source of the information, but Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer gave no indication the report would strain the relationship between the nations. "Mr. President", Schiff tweeted, "this isn't about your 'rights, ' but your responsibilities".

Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage.

According to AP, Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence during the meeting with Lavrov.

"It's not helpful that this was the Russians", said Sen.

Trump tweeted the following day, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"

"This was the context of the conversation in which it was wholly appropriate to share what the threat was as a basis for common action and coordination", McMaster said.

Shapiro was most concerned, however, that the president's move could make Israel think twice about sharing intelligence with the United States, warning that it will "inevitably cause elements of Israel's intelligence service to demonstrate more caution". The information was reliable enough that the considering a ban on laptops on all flights from Europe to the United States.

"If the report is true, it is very disturbing", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely unsafe and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country".

But political and legal experts said this latest misstep is among the most egregious so far of Trump's presidency.