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White House turns focus to 'dangerous' leaks after Russian Federation meeting controversy

17 Mai 2017

The intelligence was provided by Israel, according to a current and a former American official familiar with how the United States obtained the information. The official spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Goitein still expects a robust intel-sharing program to continue between the USA and Israel, "but that doesn't mean we'll receive every shred of intelligence that we would have received" before the latest reports surfaced. He departs on Friday for Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium. USA and European Union officials more recently have discussed expanding the ban to include flights from Europe.

According to the Post, however, Trump relayed "code-word information" to the Russian diplomats - one of the highest classification levels used by the USA intelligence community.

The New York Times reported that Trump made the request during a February Oval Office meeting. "He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information either", McMaster said at a press briefing.

The system for how US secrets are classified and the rules for how they're handled derive from an executive order. He believes partner nations will become "more hesitant" to provide intelligence if the president displays a carelessness with classified material. His action raised fresh questions about his handling of classified information and his dealings with Russian Federation, which is widely considered an adversary by many USA officials and Western allies. These include the Espionage Act and Identities Protection Act.

"I don't know what's more extraordinary: the fact USA intelligence officials reportedly warned another country about disclosing sensitive intelligence to the incoming administration, or the fact that this warning appears to have been warranted".

A breach of trust raises the possibility that USA friends might curtail such intelligence partnerships out of concern their secrets - and their sources and methods - could end up in the wrong hands.

The fact that the secrets went to Russian Federation, an adversary of the USA and many of its allies, was especially alarming. And the Five Eyes alliance of the USA, the U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand is one of the most comprehensive espionage coalitions known. But he also noted that the president talked about "common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation".

"If this produces that problem-and that's the extreme worry here-then the president is much less effective, the US government is much less effective, than it otherwise would be", he added. Even sharing limited amounts of intelligence about terrorist targets with Russian Federation, in Syria for example, has been the source of major controversy in the past.

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Democrats immediately pounced on The Times' report and called on their GOP colleagues to push for the truth from the White House. The newspaper said Comey was in the Oval Office that day with other national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing.

And Russia's allies and partners include Syria, Iran, China and other American rivals.

Other American leaders routinely authorized disclosing certain secrets to other countries - but not the way Trump did it. This information included the name of the city where some of the intelligence had been collected.

"There could be a risk for our sources", said the official.

Still, the revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew.

During the debate over Trump's travel ban, the White House and Trump himself repeatedly argued that the courts had no right to question the President's executive actions when it came to national security.

Even when intelligence is declassified, the government typically keeps secret the ways it acquired the intelligence. "This makes the job of our intelligence community much more hard and it places the lives of those doing this unsafe work at risk". When the USA this week released details about prisoner killings in Syria, it didn't outline exactly how it knew what it claimed to know. Trump has told advisers he's aware of a need to make changes to his White House team, though it was unclear what those moves might be or whether any were imminent.

"This will cause ... profound damage", says Mark Lowenthal, a former assistant director at the Central Intelligence Agency.

That raises concerns the Islamic State group might be able to identify a vulnerability that spies have been exploiting and cut it off.

Adversaries can often look at intelligence that has been disclosed and reverse-engineer where it came using a process of elimination.