Trump’s intel leak reportedly endangers Israeli spy, but US and Israel laud ties

 

(JNS.org) The life of an Israeli intelligence asset embedded deep within the Islamic State terror group’s ranks has been put at risk following President Donald Trump’s alleged disclosure of highly classified information during an Oval Office meeting with Russian officials last week, ABC News reported.

President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence in April. Credit: Office of the Vice President.

“The real risk is not just this source, but future sources of information about plots against us,” said ABC News contributor Matt Olsen, former director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center.

ABC’s report followed Tuesday’s initial revelation that Israel was the source of classified information Trump purportedly disclosed to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the recent White House meeting.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he had an “absolute right” to share the information, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said he was not concerned that information sharing between Israel and the U.S. would stop.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman offered similar reassurances Wednesday, saying, “The security relations between Israel and its greatest ally, the United States, are deep, significant and unprecedented in their scope and their contribution to our strength. That is how it always was and how it always will be.”

The alleged Israeli spy purportedly has information on an Islamic State terror plot to bomb passenger jets en route to the U.S., with explosives concealed inside laptops. The information was deemed credible enough for the U.S. to consider banning laptops on all flights from Europe to America.

Posted on May 17, 2017 .