Russian foreign minister mocks US media over intelligence reports

Elizabeth Williams
May 22, 2017

They are also the names of two long-running newspapers in Russian Federation.

Meeting Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office last week, Trump shared intelligence about an Islamic State threat involving laptops carried on airplanes, according to a senior USA official who wasn't authorized to talk about the sensitive material and spoke on condition of anonymity. "Second, the president can say whatever he wants because he's the president - assuming he said something sensitive, that's entirely up to his judgment".

The report claims the information had been obtained from "a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement", and was not authorized to be shared with Russian Federation, the US' allies, or even within much of the USA government.

The Israeli government has not officially confirmed that is the source of the reportedly leaked intelligence.

Putin dismissed the US politicians, whom he did not identify, as either being "stupid" or "dangerous and unscrupulous" who are wittingly "causing the damage to their own country".

Another high-profile gaffe involved a Hollywood movie about the secret raid that killed al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in 2011. This leaves the manner in which he chose to share this information as the issue that must be addressed, from the perspective of conducting what the intelligence community refers to as a "damage assessment". Value judgements aside, there has yet to be confirmation on the original source of the information, with speculation flying that it could be from Israel or from Jordan.

Israel and the USA have had far more intelligence run-ins over the years.

US President Donald Trump's reported sharing of a highly classified Israeli tip with Russian Federation led to incredibly tense meetings between Israeli and American intelligence officials, Foreign Policy Magazine reported Friday.

At best, the meeting with Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Kislyak, a key figure in the election meddling case, was poorly timed politically.

The Wednesday meeting between Trump, Lavrov, and Kislyak had already raised alarm bells in Washington, primarily because it came one day after Trump made a decision to fire FBI Director James Comey while the bureau investigated his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

Trump's latest self-inflicted spy scandal was the disclosure this week that he had boastfully revealed to Russian visitors his knowledge of highly classified reports about threats by the Islamic State to attack planes with undetectable bombs hidden in laptops.

The official said that Israeli intelligence officials were shouting at their American counterparts in meetings just days before Trump arrives in Tel Aviv. “Our allies and partners must have the utmost confidence that sensitive information they share with us will not be disclosed, ” he tweeted.

Given this, the Trump administration's response to the Kremlin's increasingly assertive behavior in what was once the Soviet Union's sphere of influence - from Eastern Europe to the Baltics - will also be watched carefully in the coming months.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #3: Today, the White House national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster, aggressively tried to use his credibility to beat back the story. He did not deny discussing classified information.

Individual reports about the Kremlin's role in USA politics don't reach a wide audience in Russian Federation, says Nikolai Petrov, a political scientist at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. And he named the city in ISIS-held Syria in which the intelligence was gathered, the officials added. Israeli officials say the upcoming meeting between to the leaders could be awkward. The "Lawfare" blog, one of the most fair-minded chroniclers of national-security issues, reviewed the string of Trump's recent actions involving intelligence and asked whether he was violating his oath to "faithfully execute the Office of President".

By Wednesday, the reaction was changing.

The Post story - which cited unverifiable sources and unnamed current and former officials - claimed that Trump disclosed "code-word information" related to IS during the May 10 meeting.

MARKOV: Chaos on one hand is good because foreign policy is not so active when others can't, on other hand is bad the future because it can create absolutely unpredictable foreign policy of United States in future.

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