Politics Trump disclosure of classified intel may have endangered spy: report

14:06  17 may  2017
14:06  17 may  2017 Source:   The Hill

Trump is allowed to reveal classified intel

  Trump is allowed to reveal classified intel The nation's capital is engulfed in a debate about President Trump's reported decision to leak highly classified information to top Russian diplomats – but legal analysts and secrecy experts said Monday that American presidents have broad authority to disclose classified information, making them virtually immune from prosecution. Every other government employee with a clearance could face criminal charges for disclosing classified information without prior permission. But the commander in chief has the power to unilaterally disclose any material – even the most secret intelligence – without going through any kind of formal process. Still, Trump's decision to share such sensitive information last week in a White House meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – first reported by the Washington Post – has potentially daunting consequences. Perhaps most serious, said Mark Zaid, an attorney specializing in national security matters, is the prospect that allies would lose their trust in Washington's ability to keep secrets and no longer share valuable intelligence with their American counterparts. "If we get to the point where our closest allies refuse share this information, that would be the worst outcome imaginable,'' Zaid said.

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It’s worth noting that the ABC News story barely delivers on the promise of its headline (“ Trump ’s disclosure endangered spy placed inside ISIS by Israel, officials say”). Report : Classified intel Trump shared with Russia was provided by Israel.

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President Trump's reported disclosure of classified information may have put an Israeli spy's life at risk, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The spy, who was placed by Israel inside ISIS, provided intelligence on an active ISIS plot to bring down a passenger jet plane to the United States, ABC reported Tuesday.

According to the report, the plan was to hide a bomb inside a laptop that could get through airport screenings, and the information was reliable enough to lead the U.S. to consider a laptop ban n flights from Europe to the United States.

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Trump disclosure of classified intel may have endangered spy : report . Trump disclosure of classified Israel reportedly placed the spy inside the Islamic State in Iraq and

President Trump ’s reported disclosure of classified information may have put an Israeli spy ’s life at risk, according to a new report . Israel placed the spy inside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) before Trump ’s recent behavior, ABC News said Tuesday.

The spy reportedly offered that information at the request that the source remain confidential.

The New York Times on Tuesday reported that the highly classified information Trump revealed to Russian diplomats at a recent White House meeting came from Israel.

Israeli officials and the White House have since declined to confirm whether the information originated from Israel.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday that Trump "in no way undermined sources or methods" during a White House meeting last week.

Trump's "code-word information" disclosure risks damaging the relationship with the intelligence source, which has access to ISIS inner workings.

Poll: Most disapprove of Trump giving intel to Russians .
Over 4 in 10 were "not confident at all" in Trump's ability to handle classified information.Fifty-eight percent said that would be inappropriate in the Politico/Morning Consult survey released on Friday.

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