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May 16th, 2017
TRUMP REVEALED INFO. TO RUSSIANS
President Trump revealed highly classe
had information to the Russian foreign
minister and ambassador in a White
House meeting last week, according to
current and former US. , who
said Trump' s disclosures jeopardized a
critical source of intelligence on the
The information the president relayed
had been provided by a US. partner
through an arranx-
ament considered so sensitive that
details have been withheld from allies
and tightly restricted even within the
U. s. government, officials said.
The partner had not given the United
States permission to share the material
with Russia, and officials said Trump' s
decision to do so endangers cooperate-
on from an ally that has access to the
inner workings of the Islamic state.
After Trump' s meeting, senior White
House officials took steps to contain the
damage, placing calls to the CIA and
the National Security Agency.
This is codestorm information," said
a . official familiar with the matter,
using terminology that releas to one of
the highest dessication levels used by
American spy agencies. Trump
revealed more information to be
Russian ambassador than we have
shared with our own allies.”
The revelation comes as the president
tacos rising legal and political pressure
on multiple fronts. Last
week, he fired at Director James B.
Comer in the midst do bureau
investigation into possible links
between the Trump campaign and
Moscow. Trump' s subsequent
admission that his decision was driven
by "his Russia thing” was seen by
critics as attempted obstruction of
One day otter dismissing Comer,
Trump welcomed Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Land and Embassy-
dor some - a key figure in
earlier Russia controversies - into the
oval office. It was during that meet-
ing, officials said, that Trump went off
script and began describing details of
an Islamic State terrorist threat related
to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.
For almost anyone in government, discuss-
ing such matters with an adversary would
be illegal. As president, Trump has broad
authority to declassify government secrets,
making it unlikely that his disclosures the
White House offends involved in the meet-
ing said Trump discussed only shared con
cams about terrorism.
The president and the foreign minister
reviewed common threats front terrorist
organizations to include threats to aviatia-
n," said HR. Mcmaster, the national
security adviser, who participated in the
meeting. "At no time were any intelligence
sources or methods discussed, and no
military operations were disclosed that
were not already known publica"
Mcmaster reiterated his statement in a
subsequent appearance at the White
House on Monday and described the
Washington Post story as "False," but did
not take any questions.
In their statements, white House officials
emphasized that Trump had not discussed
specific intelligence sources and methods,
rather than addressing whether he had
disclosed information drawn born sensitive
The CIA declined to comment, and the NSA
did not respond to requests for comment.
an officials expressed concern about Trump' s
handling of sensitive as well as
his grasp oldie potential consequences.
Exposure of an intelligence stream that has
provided critical insight into the Islamic state,
they said, could hinder the United States' and
its allies’ a ill
It is all
senior " who is close to current
administration enticings. 'Trump seems to be
very reckless and doesn' t grasp the gravity at
the things hers dealing with, especially when
it comes to intelligence and national security.
And irs all clouded because of this problem
he has with Russia.’
In his meeting with mm, Tmmp seemed to
be boasting about his inside knowledge or the
looming threat. "I get great Mel. I have
people brief me on great Mel my day,’ the
president said, according to on official with
at the exchange.
o to detect Future threats.
d d shocking,” and a some
Trump wanton to discuss aspects of the threat
that the United States learned only through the
espionage capabilities of a key partner. He
did not reveal the epochs intelligence
gathering method, but he described haw the
Islamic state was pursuing elements at a
specific plot and how much harm such an
attack could cause under varying
circumstances. Most aban' ninger, officials said,
Trump revealed the city in the Islamic state' s
territory where the US. intelligence partner detected
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The Post is withholding most plot details, including
the We at the city, at the urging at enacts who
warned that revealing them would jeopardize
important intelligence capabilities.
Everyone knows this stream is very sensitive, and
the idea or sharing it at this level or granularity with
the Russians is troubling,” said a tanner senior "
Racial who also worked closely
with members of the Trump national security learn.
He and others spoke on the condition at anonymity,
citing the stencil' vita at the sulkiest.
The identification of the location was Seen as
particularly problematic, officials said, because
Russia could use that detail to help identity the Us
ally or in "gem: capability involved, said
the capo irr could be mold or other
possibly providing intelligence on Russia' s presence
in Syria. Moscow would he keenly interested in
identifying that source and perhaps disrupting it.
Russia and the United States bath regard the Islamic
state an enemy and share limited information
terrorist threats. But the two nations have
competing agendas in sync, where Moscow has
deployed military assets and personnel to support
Paitent bashar .
Russia could identity our sources or techniques,”
the senior US. said.
A former intelligence official who handled
intelligence on Russia said that given the clues Trump
practiced, "l don' t think that it would be that hard [tar
Russian my services] to figure this cut.”
Ala more Fundamental level, the internation wasn' t
the United states’ to provide to others. Under the rules
at espionage, governments - and on individual
agencies - are given significant control over whether
and how the information they gather is disseminated,
even after it has been shared, violating that practice
undercuts trust considered essential to sharing secrets.
The officials declined to identify the ally but said it has
previously voiced frustration with Washington' s
inability to safeguard sensitive information related to
Iraq and Syria.
l that partner teamed we' d given this to Russia
without their knowledge or asking not that is a blow
to that relationship,” the US. official said.
Trump also described measures the United States has
taken or is ' to counter the threat,
including military operations in than and Syria, as
well as other steps to tighten security, officials said.
The officials would not discuss details of hose
measures, but the Department of Homeland Security
recently disclosed hat it is considering banning
laptops and other large electronic devices from carry-
on bags on flights between Europe and the United
states. The United States and Britain imposed a
similar ban in March attesting travelers passing
through airports in to countries.