Trump Burns Intel Sources?

I hesitate to post this because it’s early hours. But it’s a bombshell if true.

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 Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president 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 Trump’s decision to do so endangers 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 the National Security Agency.

It’s anonymous sources. The White House has issued a denial, but it’s a carefully worded one. At this point, I am still awaiting confirmation, which may never get. But if it is true, it is a serious and egregious mistake by an increasingly bumbling and lost President. The President may have exposed a vital source of intelligence so that he could boast to a Russian foreign minister. (Note: Reuters and Buzzfeed are claiming confirmation from other sources, also anonymous).

A lot of people are rallying around the President but a lot more than usual are criticizing him. As I said — we should be cautious about spectacular anonymously sourced stories. But veterans of the blog may remember Lee’s invention of the phrase Brownie Moment. I think there a lot of Brownie Moments happening right now.

14 comments:

  1. AlexInCT

    Yeah, I pass. Unless they start having people come out to claim these idiotic stories, I am going to just wave this off as more bullshit by the desperate left. BTW, Obama did this repeatedly, and we were then told since he was the pres he could say whatever he wanted cause he could declasify shit on the spot. Lets see how much of that we will here from the chicken littles that had no problem with a criminal like Clinton getting into the WH now all butt hurt about national security suddenly.

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  2. CM

    Don’t you love how Alex criticised anyone to the nth degree if they mentioned Bush when Obama was POTUS, and now here Alex is writing a big post about Obama, and now bringing him up again. Gee, what a surprise. Not.

    Yeah Alex, do tell.

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  3. West Virginia Rebel

    There were apparently only a very few people in the room when this meeting took place, so we’ll see where the Post got its source from. There has been a lot of this with this administration, but sooner or later something might be bound to come out that really is damaging. Team Trump isn’t exactly what you would call disciplined.

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  4. Iconoclast

    The White House Responds to WaPo Report Trump Revealed Classified Info to Russians

    Sure, we can take what the White House says with a grain of salt, but then, we can likewise do the same with “anonymous sources”……

    It’s funny how CM scolded me about “having doubts” when he certainly doesn’t appear to have any doubts about “anonymous sources” as long as the “info” is damaging to the Trump Administration.   Just sayin’…..

     

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  5. Hal_10000 *

    Trump’s tweets this morning seem to confirm the report.  And we now have multiple anonymous sources.

    As a matter of law, what Trump allegedly did is not illegal. The comparisons to Hillary’s e-mail scandal are glib, but wrong.  The President can reveal classified info whenever he feels like it.  But his boasting to the Russians will poison our alliance and could even got someone killed.  This is ridiculous.  He is dangerously unfit for office.

    (Erick Erickson has a good piece up this morning. He knows one of the sources and says this that the leaks are the only way they can get through to Trump.  He ignores their advice but gets very upset about stuff he sees on the news.)

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  6. Iconoclast

    If he truly is a loose cannon then liberals are right to call for his impeachment, on National Security grounds. I’d rather have Pence at the helm anyway…..

    This simply cannot continue for the remainder of the 4-year term, even if Trump is right and the anonymous sources wrong in this particular case. There is an all-out war between the Trump Administration and the MSM, who are still bitter over Hillary’s devastating loss. Yes, a lot of Trump’s injuries are self-inflicted, but the MSM is out for blood. Call it a perfect storm of sorts, but it cannot be good for the nation.

    The Comey firing is a prime example; sure, Trump blundered the execution, but liberals wanted Comey fired right up until Trump actually did it, and then it became a Constitutional Crisis.

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  7. Hal_10000 *

    Oh, and we managed to go a whole eight hours w/o a crisis. NYT is reporting (and others confirming) that Comey has memos of his meetings with Trump where he asked him to drop the Flynn investigation.

    Good thing: Congress can subpoena those.

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  8. AlexInCT

    Obama gave classified intel to the Russian? Do tell.

    No Hal, he didn’t just give it to Russia, but also ordered Intel be shared with the Cubans, gave it to Iran (and we still have no clue what else he gave away in that super secret deal that has done nothing but help Iran hasten its race to a nuclear bomb), and spent 8 years running the most corrupt and vile administration possible. Of course, back then the fact that the IRS attacked political enemies of the left, the DOJ let leftists commit crimes but threw political enemies of the left in jail on false charges, and in general the rule of law stopped applying all don’t matter to people like you. And don’t forget the whispers to Putin that he could give him far more after his reelection. Remember those days and the media and you morons laughing about how stupid it was to think the Russians were any kind of problem? Yeah, didn’t think so..

    You morons all hang your hat on this bullshit story and hope somehow it allows you to punish all the rubes that didn’t vote for Lucretia Borgia. You can also shit in one hand and wish for a Trump impeachment in the other, and let me know how that worked out for ya.

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  9. AlexInCT

    If he truly is a loose cannon then liberals are right to call for his impeachment, on National Security grounds. I’d rather have Pence at the helm anyway…..

    This simply cannot continue for the remainder of the 4-year term, even if Trump is right and the anonymous sources wrong in this particular case. There is an all-out war between the Trump Administration and the MSM, who are still bitter over Hillary’s devastating loss.

    If you think this stops with a Trump impeachment you got it all wrong. The left will double down on burning it all down if they get anything. Basically we are getting told by these cunts that the only legitimate government/authority/power is them, and people better wise up to that.

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  10. Iconoclast

    If you think this stops with a Trump impeachment you got it all wrong. The left will double down on burning it all down if they get anything.

    You’re probably right about that, but Trump has an annoying habit of giving ammo, hand over fist, to the MSM and the Left.  Pence would be less likely to do so. The Left and the MSM would still be out for blood, of course, but their task could be considerably more difficult with someone who’s actually presidential at the helm.

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  11. Iconoclast

     And we now have multiple anonymous sources.

    That means nothing.  Remember, the MSM is out for blood. That means they ain’t interested in Truth. Ten “anonymous sources” have just as much credibility as one, which is none.  Zero times X is still zero, even as X approaches infinity.

    One major problem with “anonymous sources” is that they can be created out of whole cloth and “say” whatever you want them to say.

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  12. Iconoclast

    Democracy Dies in Anonymous Sourcing

    Since Trump won the election, the Post has been caught in a string of over-aggressive anti-Trump stories that were based on anonymous sources and turned out to be untrue. Just last week, the Post reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to resign in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Rosenstein denied ever doing such a thing. The Post also reported that the FBI asked for additional resources for its probe of possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government. The acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe, testified under oath that the report was not true. It’s a shame Congress doesn’t get to put the media’s anonymous sources under oath.

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