Matt Shuham at Talking Points Memo: Reports: Highly Classified Info Trump Shared with Russia Came from Israel.
The highly classified information [Donald] Trump shared with top Russian diplomats last week was provided to the United States by Israel, the New York Times reported Tuesday.In case your brainpan isn't a card catalog of Trump fuckabilia, let me remind you that U.S. spies warned Israel before Trump's inauguration not to share intel with the Trump administration in fear of precisely this outcome.
The Times cited two unnamed U.S. officials, one current and one former, who it described as "familiar with how the United States obtained the information."
NBC News, citing three unnamed government officials, later confirmed that Israel was the source of the intelligence.
US spies warned their Israeli counterparts that Russia may have "levers of pressure" over Donald Trump and told them to be careful about sharing intelligence with the White House in case it was passed on to the Kremlin, according to Israeli media reports.And the anticipated fallout begins: At the AP, Jan M. Olsen reports that a senior European intelligence official has told the Associated Press "his country might stop sharing information with the United States if it confirms [Donald] Trump shared classified details with Russian officials. The official said Tuesday that doing so 'could be a risk for our sources.'"
The American intelligence officials reportedly told the Israelis not to share sensitive information with Mr Trump's aides until the incoming president's relationship with Russia had been fully investigated.
Let me underline this point once more:
Trump's recklessness will isolate us from the global intelligence community, plunging our intelligence community into darkness.— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) May 16, 2017
We are in dangerous times. And the only solution is to remove Donald Trump from office, as swiftly as possible.