Time: 12:16 p.m. CEST
The United States President Donald Trump shared “highly classified information,” with two top Russian officials during visit of Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov. The news was firstly revealed and published by the Washington Post in a story published online later of Monday local time in Washington D.C.
According to the article Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador by Greg Miller and Greg Jeff, President Trump shared the information about Islamic State group. Trump shared information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence,” the sources cited as current and former U.S. Official claimed to the Washington Post.
“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.”
“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”
After the Washington Post broke the story on Monday, several media followed with their views on the story. The New York Times said, “Trump’s disclosure does not appear to have been illegal – the president has the power to declassify almost anything.” But, as the Times writes, “sharing the information without the express permission of the ally who provided it represented a major breach of espionage etiquette and could jeopardize a crucial intelligence-sharing relationship.”
After the Washington Post published the story, the White House officials denied the U.S. President Donald Trump shared sources and methods of intelligence gathering. The National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster said “The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation.” According to McMaster, “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”