Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

Telling someone a secret is an act of faith.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday he saw "no secrets" in US media reports of apparent security threats by Islamic state that were divulged by President Donald Trump last week.

If allies can't trust the American president, what political capital does he have to tackle thorny global issues, like trade, Mideast peace or relations with the Islamic world? Rather, it rests on mutual confidence built over years, including by protecting secrets each side acquires through hard and often risky work. In practice, these countries get the same intelligence as the Five Eyes club.

This news fire hose, a result of errors forced and unforced for Trump, can have consequences - for the president, for his party and the country.

KIM: In other words, no one expects Moscow and Washington to be in flawless harmony, but too much dissonance worries the Kremlin. Major news organizations have tapped multiple sources to report a presidential soliloquy that described, among other things, new and innovative plans by the Islamic State to use laptop computers and undetectable explosives to bring down commercial airliners.

The Kremlin isn't commenting on the details of the classified information that President Donald Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador last week. This official said the disclosure did harm US intelligence collection efforts and that Trump may have tipped the Russians off to other sensitive sources and methods for collecting information. More information about the discussions will undoubtedly emerge.

Early responses to the bombshell report indicate that, if true, handling sensitive details in this manner would have broad implications on US partnerships around the world and could place the lives of agents in the field at risk. "And that's one of the lovely things that happening with Turkey".

"It kind of elevates Putin over Trump - makes him an elder statesman, an experienced guy who can criticize the United States for childish behavior", Frolov said.

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Consider the president's daily brief.

So I gave up the best intelligence source and helped ISIS. Having come to Israel's rescue during that conflict with a massive arms lift, Nixon had leverage with a grateful Israeli leadership well beyond that of any of his Oval Office predecessors. What can the agencies that run intelligence collection operations - including protecting multibillion-dollar technical systems and vulnerable human sources - now put on Trump's desk?

In just this last week (and we're only three days in, mind you) Trump has spilled intelligence to the Russians, proved he's a real-life Ron Burgundy and generally made the lives of White House staffers miserable. As part of the strategic arms control agreements, the United States routinely gives the Russians what would otherwise be highly classified intelligence.

"Initially when we watched the first developments in this internal political struggle, we were amused", Putin said.

IOFFE: We have the same people running the country. But the U.S. media relied on leaked intelligence to name Israel. If they were to hold back sensitive information from Trump, this would hurt USA spy agencies.

But, given past revelations, the potential for fallout must be considered. And ironically, given the way a lot of people feel about Donald Trump, they think Donald Trump is the sane, calm person who understands that there's no reason to pick fights with people, understands that American foreign policy is what Russians say has been a failure for decades and that it's time to turn the page, to try something new, and maybe even get Russia's advice.

It shows how far along we are that fears are already being voiced of a political backlash from his supporters if Trump is railroaded out of office. "We have our blind spots and they have theirs and we share information extensively".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a couple times this week for "a little less drama from the White House, so that we can focus on our agenda".

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