Around 5 p.m. EST on May 15, the Washington Post broke a story that could change the foreign policy strategy of the United States; President Donald J. Trump has shared classified intelligence on Daesh with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.
The information that Donald Trump has shared was so secret that many U.S. officials and allies have not heard it.
The issue here isn’t that what Donald Trump did was illegal, but it was incredibly inappropriate.
The information that Trump revealed creates a scenario where Russia could figure out where our spy is located. In addition, it reveals techniques on how the United States conducts surveillance, and for Russia this is now an ace in the hole.
“Everyone knows this stream is very sensitive, and the idea of sharing it at this level of granularity with the Russians is troubling.”
Now, information sharing with Russia isn’t always a bad thing, as they do work closely with the fight against Daesh. What this does do is makes the United States look like a joke in the international intelligence community.
This has created an environment where spies may be reluctant in the future to report certain information for fear of their cover being blown.
According the Post, Donald Trump revealed the location of the city that was listed as a threat. The naming of that city is similar to naming the agent themselves.
You know for sure that the Russians that learned this will report the information back to the Kremlin, and it is now possible for them to know who our spy is.
This endangers, not only the agent’s life, but the lives of other Americans.
Protip: Don’t give the Russians classified information. #Classified101
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) May 15, 2017
Many hoped that the President would slowly learn the nuances of leading a country, but it is starting to look like this is not true.
Let’s hope this doesn’t do as much damage as people in- and outside of the intelligence community think it will.
(More after the jump.)
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