White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'

Analysis: Trump intel sharing likely to leave allies anxious

Analysis: Trump intel sharing likely to leave allies anxious

The information was classified and reportedly came from an ally in the Middle East. NPR has not confirmed the details of the reports.

In a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, Trump disclosed intelligence about a planned Islamic State operation, which was supplied by a US ally, two officials with knowledge of the situation said.The name of the ally or intelligence-sharing operation was not disclosed.The White House declared the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, incorrect and Trump said he had an "absolute right" to share facts to get Moscow to step up its fight against Islamic State. But intelligence cooperation can be ended if the permission of the originating nation is not obtained before the information is divulged to a third nation. He was in the room last week when the president shared the information with Russia's foreign minister and US ambassador at the White House.

The official said the information was provided to the U.S.by Israel.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) released a statement related to the reports. US and European Union officials more recently have discussed expanding the ban to include flights from Europe.

That classified information reportedly came from a USA partner and was so sensitive that it had not been shared with US allies and was even restricted within the US government.

Well-sourced reports in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets agreed on a very different explanation: Trump had grown increasingly angry at the doggedness with which Comeys FBI was investigating how and why Russian Federation meddled in the election. So the President determines the system of designating classified information through Executive Order, and he is entitled to depart from it at well. That requires a federal law passed by Congress, and a conviction before a judge.

The authority to label facts or documents as classified rests with the president in his capacity as a commander in chief.

A second European official told the AP that their country might stop sharing intelligence with the United States as a result of Trump's disclosure to Russian Federation. He added that Trump made a decision to disclose the information "in the context of the conversation" with the Russian diplomats. The information was sensitive enough to be kept from some other United States allies and tightly restricted within the U.S. government itself. These include the Espionage Act and Identities Protection Act.

Vice President Mike Pence insisted that national security adviser Mike Flynn had not discussed Obama-era Russian sanctions when he and Kislyak spoke during Trump's transition to power.

The disclosure to Russian Federation appeared to violate an intelligence-sharing agreement that provides the US critical information about threats to the nation.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation.

That's especially true for an adversary like Russian Federation, he said.

US intelligence-sharing agreements include the Five Eyes program with Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand. These countries share vast amounts of information and promise not to spy on each other. It's unclear whether the USA informed the Israelis it might share the information with the Russians, who have different allies in the region - notably Iran. The U.S. has imposed sanctions against Russian Federation for its illegal invasion of Ukraine and forced annexation of Crimea.

"Unless you were a loyal Trump suck-up for the entire campaign, they're not even going to consider you", said Wilson, who added that that criterion left just a small group of prospects.

And Russia's allies and partners include Syria, Iran, China and other American rivals. The official said the disclosure came as Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence.

"That way, they can take steps to protect sources and methods", said Steven Pike, a former State Department official who teaches at Syracuse University.

The White House's botched handling of Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation probe, and the president's own volatile statements about his actions are also likely to raise questions among allies about the USA leader's standing.

McMaster identified Trump's homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, as the official who contacted both agencies.

Its sources allege the president revealed intelligence about ISIS developing bombs in laptop computers.

Adversaries can often look at intelligence that has been disclosed and reverse-engineer where it came using a process of elimination.

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