An Israeli official says their government is now extremely concerned about President Trump’s propensity to share sensitive information.
According to an unnamed Israeli intelligence officer who spoke on condition of anonymity to BuzzFeed News, the news of Trump disclosing highly classified information about the Islamic State (ISIS) obtained by an Israeli source is causing alarm within the intelligence apparatus of America’s top ally in the Middle East.
“We have an arrangement with America which is unique to the world of intelligence sharing. We do not have this relationship with any other country,” the officer told BuzzFeed News’ Sheera Frenkel. “To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge? That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed.”
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the classified information about ISIS that Trump shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week came from Israel, who was previously described in yesterday’s bombshell report in the Washington Post only as a “partner” nation in the Middle East.
The revelation about the origin of the sensitive information was particularly shocking given that intelligence officers within the Obama administration told Israel to “be careful” about what it shared with the incoming Trump White House, in light of the closeness that Trump and his staff had with Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia. One issue of particular concern was that information Israel shared with the United States could inadvertently be shared with the Putin regime, which could then make its way to Iran, which is an enemy of Israel and an ally of Russia.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters that Trump had not been briefed on where the information came from and whether or not he had authorization to share it prior to the meeting with Lavrov. However, McMaster did not deny that Trump shared classified information during his press conference.
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.