The life of a spy put by Israel inside ISIS is at risk, according to present and previous U.S. authorities. President Donald Trump purportedly revealed classified information in a meeting with Russian authorities a week ago.
The spy provided intelligence including an active ISIS plot to cut down a passenger plane on the way to the United States. A bomb covered up in a laptop that U.S. authorities believe can overcome airplane terminal screening machines undetected. The data was reliable enough that the U.S. is thinking about a restriction on laptops on all flights from Europe to the United States.
The sensitive information was given to the United States, authorities say, on the condition that the source stays classified.
” The real risk is not just this source,”, but future sources of information about plots against us.”
said Matt Olsen, the previous Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and an ABC News patron
ISIS has already taken credit for exploding a Russian aircraft two years prior, killing more than 200 people. The White House National Security Adviser says that legitimizes President Trump’s disclosures to the Russians.
“ And so this was the context of the conversation in which it was wholly appropriate to share what the threat was as a basis for common action and coordination,”
said General H.R. McMasters on Tuesday.
McMaster would not state if Trump disclosed classified data.
Trump said in a couple of tweets Tuesday he had “an absolute right” to share “facts” with the Russians.
Be that as it may, numerous in the counter-terrorism community say what the President did was a mistake.
‘Russia is not part of the ISIS coalition, they are not our partner.” said Olsen
Dan Shapiro, the previous U.S. ambassador to Israel, agreed. In an interview, he called the president and his group “careless,” saying that the revealed exposures show a ” poor understanding of how to guard sensitive information’.
Shapiro was most concerned, that the president’s turn could make Israel think twice about sharing intelligence with the United States. He warns that it will “inevitably cause elements of Israel’s intelligence service to demonstrate more caution.”
The response in Congress seemed to wander along fanatic lines. Inquired as to whether he had worries about the president’s treatment of grouped data, the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell let out a little giggle and before answering essentially, “No.”
Be that as it may, Democrats oppose this idea. Soon after McConnell’s remarks, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer emphasized he requires the White House to discharge full, unedited transcripts of Trump’s meeting with the Russian authorities.