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Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

20 Mai 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has mocked USA news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov adjust his glasses during a press conference after a meeting with his Cyprus counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday, May 18, 201. A Washington Post story has accused him of revealing classified information to Russian officials. But Trump told the Russians those things, the USA officials said, as he described intelligence that led to the new rules banning electronic devices in the cabins of certain flights. Other outlets, including The Associated Press, later confirmed the report.

The official spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

A Japanese government official said it was simply not possible to stop cooperating with Washington on intelligence matters.

Lischka, who sits on the German parliament's intelligence oversight committee, noted that Mr. Trump has access to "exclusive and highly sensitive information including in the area of combating terrorism".

Germany is heavily dependent on US intelligence.

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Early after the election, Israeli intelligence officials were being warned specifically against sharing as much intelligence with Trump as they had with past United States administrations, claiming that the intelligence might be passed on to Russian Federation.

Australia is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing program with the U.S., Canada, Britain and New Zealand.

It was reported Tuesday that Israel was the source of some of that classified intel.

Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell also called the story "false" Monday. "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here".

Two of Washington's allies in the intelligence sharing network known as "Five Eyes" - which groups the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - played down the impact on their relationship with Washington.

Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports