During his meeting with the Russians last week -- a meeting much-derided for its poor "optics" -- Trump blabbed incredibly sensitive information about ISIS.
The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement 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 cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.
“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”
Trump went on 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 specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the threat.
tells us that the WP report (quoted above) barely scuffs the veneer.
Two US officials who were briefed on Trump’s disclosures last week confirmed to BuzzFeed News the veracity of the Washington Post report, with one noting that “it’s far worse than what has already been reported.”
Let's put this into perspective. Hillary's alleged "sin" was her use of private email server which -- according to the right-wing media -- discussed classified information in an insecure setting. In reality, the only "sensitive" document found on that server was a piece of piffle about Malawi that never should have had any kind of classification stamp in the first place. Nevertheless, that "sin" caused Paul Ryan to tweet "It's simple: Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ w/ classified info should be denied further access to it."
And now Trump is blithely spewing code-word information to his Russian pals, placing sensitive assets at risk. Republicans want us to think that a trifling message about Malawi -- a piece of boilerplate containing information available on Wikipedia -- is more important than an ultra-secret source of information on ISIS, a code-word
Has Trump been a witting Putin agent all along?
If you believe that he is not, then let me ask you this: If Trump were
an agent, what would he have done differently?
Since he attained office, our moles within the Russian intelligence services have been rounded up and killed. A hidden Windows exploit used by the NSA was revealed to the world by Russian hackers, who used this information to create a computer virus that damaged millions of computers and throttled Britain's National Health Service. Trump's Attorney General and National Security Adviser both have had scandalous Russian links. The FBI Director was fired when he started to investigate the Russian financial ties of Trump and his close associates.
The simplest explanation that covers all the facts is usually the best. Right now, the simplest theory is that Trump has been a witting Russian agent all along. I'm not saying that this theory is proven; I'm saying that it has the virtue of simplicity.
According to the WP, Trump bragged to the Russians: "I get great intel." Of course
the President of the United States has great intel! Can this pompous oaf really be so insecure that he feels the need to make such a puerile boast to the Russians? I wouldn't be surprised if he also handed them a map of his electoral college victory.
What the hell did Fred Trump do
As is his Trumpian wont, Donnie has issued a tweetstorm which confirms the story even as he attempts to portray it as "fake news." He writes: "Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?)." If the basic claim was false, it cannot be given illegally, and it could not come from the intelligence community.
(Incidentally, it is very cute to see Donald Trump
accuse others of trafficking in conspiracy theories and blind hatred.)
Louise Mensch says that Trump is considering resignation. The claim was first made by a Twitterer calling herself "Rogue WH Staffer."
BREAKING: Some staffers are saying @realDonaldTrump is considering resignation. Can't take the negativity anymore
I don't know if this person's tweets are legit; for the nonce, it may be safest to suspect that we're dealing with a hoaxer. But her messages are
fun. Her bio:
I work in East Wing. Speaking out b/c it is crazy here. Dysfunctional is understatement. I'm a nasty woman and not one to put up with hatefulness.