Monday, May 15, 2017


Amateur hour at the White House again:
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said that Trump’s decision to do so risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State....

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”
I feel this is being leaked because the leakers want the public and -- especially -- members of Congress to understand how unthinkably risky it is for Trump to remain in the Oval Office. This is really a cry for help to majority Republicans in Congress, who have closed ranks to protect Trump.

It won't help. The congressional GOP will remain loyal. The Trump White House and the pro-Trump press will tell us that this is fake news, a lie told by the Deep State because the presence of the People's Champion in the White House is intolerable to elitists and globalists. If the story is accepted as accurate, we'll still be told there's nothing to see here that relects badly on Trump:

Yes, and the FBI ought to prioritize finding whoever leaked this story over finding out how our democracy was sabotaged by the Russians.

It's good that we know this happened. But it won't change anything.

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