According to those reports, the information had been shared with the US intelligence community by an ally on the basis that it was not shared with others. “And that’s a very important relationship….on this story this morning, I don’t have any specific information”, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said. He then shifted the focus from his conduct to prod the Federal Bureau of Investigation “to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community”. He was in the room last week when the president shared the information with Russia’s foreign minister and USA ambassador at the White House.
Earlier in the day, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster addressed the report, saying that the president shared information that was “wholly appropriate” at the time, but that the president wasn’t “briefed on the source or method of the information”.
He was then asked, as many senators were on the day after the Russian Federation revelation, whether he had faith in President Trump’s ability to handle classified information. One official said Trump and other senior staffers did not plan to “publicly throw him under the bus”, but there is a sense of deep frustration at him for sounding the alarm and “freelancing”, as one official described it, by alerting national security officials to the President’s message to the Russians. “That’s what he did”.
The House has not yet come back into session for the week, but a spokesman for Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Monday that, “We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation’s secrets is paramount”.
As intelligence experts Eric Rosenbach and Aki Peritz explained in 2009, “other nations often have access to intelligence and can implement direct action that the US requires to pursue its national security interests”.
Israel was the source of ISIS-related intelligence that President Donald Trump shared with Russian Federation last week, according to three government officials with knowledge of the matter.
The Washington Post reported Monday night Trump revealed classified information to top Russian diplomatic officials in a meeting at the White House last week. Both Goodale, who is responsible for CSIS and the RCMP, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who is responsible for the Communications Security Establishment, sang the praises of the security partnership between the two countries Tuesday.
Democrats as well cautioned in broad terms that Trump’s disclosures could also put USA lives in danger.
WELNA: One of those allies is reported to have supplied the USA with the intelligence Trump shared with the Russians.
But Canada depends on the USA for a lot of intelligence – and if allies get more selective with what they share with the US, it could have implications for Canada.
‘What I’m saying is really the premise of that (Washington Post) article was false, that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or resulted in any kind of lapse in national security’.
The FBI and Justice Department declined to comment Tuesday on accounts of the memo, which was first reported by The New York Times.
Israel has in the past complained about the United States’ inability to safeguard secrets.
According to the Washington Post, Trump disclosed highly-classified details about an Islamic State plot to plant explosives on laptops with a view to blowing up commercial airliners, and named the city in Syria where an intelligence source is believed to have gathered the information. Trump said in a pair of tweets Tuesday he had the “absolute right” to share “facts” with the Russians.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he has “the absolute right” to share certain information with Russian Federation.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply: “It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House”. Trump closed the meeting to the American press – even for the traditional photo-op – but then allowed a photographer from the official Russian state media organization, TASS, into the room to take pictures.
That message was echoed by Yves Trotignon, a former counter-terrorism analyst for France’s DGSE intelligence agency, now with risk consultant Riskeco, who said Trump violated a basic tenet of intelligence sharing.
“That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed”, an Israeli intelligence officer told Buzzfeed. They expect him to manage around a president who’s shown no signs he can do the job properly-manage Republican PR, manage national security, manage reportedly fraying relationships with our allies and apparent succor being offered to adversaries.