Israel Reportedly Source Of Classified Information Leaked By Trump To Russians. Here’s Why This Severely Undermines U.S. National Security

The New York Times is reporting that Israel provided the United States with the classified intelligence that was allegedly leaked to the Russians during President Trump’s White House meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak last week.

“Israeli officials would not confirm that they were the source of the information that Mr. Trump shared,” notes The Times. “In a statement emailed to The New York Times, Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, reaffirmed that the two countries would maintain a close counterterrorism relationship.”

“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” Mr. Dermer told The Times.

If true, Trump’s reckless disclosure may have serious implications for U.S.-Israeli intelligence sharing programs, despite what public officials and diplomats eager to save face may tell the press. It’s worth noting that the story has been independently by CNN and The Wall Street Journal. While The Times first broke the story, The Journal said it knew that Israel was the source of the classified intel on Monday but opted not to publish the story after administration officials warned against it, presumably out of concerns for national security….continue reading


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