After news broke yesterday that Donald Trump had released classified information to Russia, many were wondering where his source of information came from and if it could pose a threat to receiving information from them in the future.
Well, not only has it been revealed who released the information, but Russia having access to this information could be devastating. The information was from Israel.
According to the New York Times:
“The classified intelligence that President Trump disclosed in a meeting last week with Russian officials at the White House was provided by Israel, according to a current and a former American official familiar with how the United States obtained the information. The revelation adds a potential diplomatic complication to the episode.”
Why is this a potential threat? Because while Israel is a top ally to the United States, Russia and Iran are allies, and Iran is no friend to Israel. Iran having access to Israeli intelligence could be catastrophic for the region.
The NY Times reports:
“Israel is one of the United States’ most important allies and a major intelligence collector in the Middle East. The revelation that Mr. Trump boasted about some of Israel’s most sensitive information to the Russians could damage the relationship between the two countries. It also raises the possibility that the information could be passed to Iran, Russia’s close ally and Israel’s main threat in the Middle East.”
During a morning press briefing at the White House, General McMaster, Trump’s National Security Adviser, said Trump wasn’t aware of where the information came from. So, someone, somewhere is lying, and with varying information coming out all over the place, it’d be great to figure out what the hell is going on before World War III breaks out.
According to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee:
“I have to hope that someone will counsel the president about just what it means to protect closely held information and why this is so dangerous, ultimately, to our national security.”
One would hope the person who is tasked with being leader of the free world would be advised a little better. This isn’t only a threat to national security, but the world.
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