Trump Betrayed America And Allies By Giving Russians Classified Info

Vladimir Putin, Vitaly Churkin, Sergey Kislyak,

According to the Washington Post, what we all feared would happen has happened. Trump shared classified information, so classified that we have not even shared it fully with our allies, during a discussion with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, last week. The meeting occurred just one day after Trump fired the man heading up the investigation into his campaign regarding collusion with Russia.

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.

Trump is not going to see any repercussions for this, despite the fact that it begs the question of whether he was incompetent and forgot it wasn’t supposed to be shared or he just decided that the Russians should have information we did not have permission to share with them. In either case, the President of the United States is allowed to declassify anything he wants without consequences to him, as for our intelligence community and we the people? We will be stuck with the fallout of this action.

The information had been given to the US and is so highly classified that it is called, “code-word information” which refers to one of the highest levels of classification that U.S. spy agencies used:

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. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and National Security Agency.

Despite that, H.R. McMasters, Trump’s National Security Adviser — after he acknowledged the conversation had happened “aviation safety” — defended the action saying that three specific types of information were not leaked. This statement has been spun to say, “nothing happened, I was there,” but it does not say that:

“The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation,” said H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, who participated in the meeting. “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”

That’s fun, right? Because it means that the president only went off script with highly classified intel that was not for Russian eyes and put our relationship with an ally that has information from within ISIS, in jeopardy and made himself — and by proxy, our nation — look either incompetent or like we are in cahoots with Russia.

He, apparently, didn’t want to stay in the White House after that:

Via the Washington Post:

“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.”

But, her emails, right? Just remember, she might have sent classified information on a server that never once was hacked. And, Paul Ryan even said that anyone that shares classified information should lose their security clearance. It remains to be seen if that only applies to Democrats, women or Hillary Clinton in specific.

Oh, and if there was any doubt, this tweet happened Tuesday:

Related: Trump Admits He Shared Classified Info And Throws More Staffers Under The Bus

Airline flight safety. Just as McMasters described the information leaked, in such a way that crazy right wing news blogs can spin it as a denial. Actually, it even confused intelligent people.

Either way, the man leading this country is either not trustworthy with confidential information or he purposefully screwed over an ally and hurt our intelligence community to declassify more than we even have shared with our allies with Russia. Does it matter that he didn’t give away sources, or methods when he is destroying our ability to get good intelligence from this source in the future?

Nothing says “you can’t trust your government” like having people lie for you, Mr. Trump. Especially while you are giving Russia information they have no business having.

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