U.S. Officials Warn Allies Not To Share Sensitive Information With Trump
Following the stunning revelation that president Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russia, U.S. intelligence officials reportedly warned their Israeli counterparts not to share top secret information with the Trump administration for fear of it being passed to Russia and then to Moscow’s ally and Israel’s arch-enemy, Iran.
As reported by Newsweek, discussions between U.S. and Israeli security services gave rise to concerns that sensitive intelligence might exchange hands between him and the Russian government, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
The paper published the report amid accusations of links between Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government. Now, just four months into Trump’s presidency, it has emerged that the commander in chief himself has divulged highly classified intelligence to the Russian government.
Citing officials with knowledge of the matter, the Washington Post on Monday reported that Trump boasted about top-secret information in his meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
Officials said he divulged sensitive information about an Islamic State militant group (ISIS) plot relating to aviation security that a key ally had secured, without the consent of that ally. The incident has raised concerns among security officials that Russia could exploit that intelligence channel and identify the ally and method of intelligence used. Israel reportedly already had these concerns.
Israeli intelligence officials fear that its famous Mossad secret service would have its most sensitive methods and operations breached, potentially falling into the hands of the Iranian regime if shared with Donald Trump, according to Yedioth.
Addressing those concerns, U.S. officials warned Israel to “exert caution” in sharing top-secret information with the White House until alleged ties between Trump and Russia were disproved.