WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - MAY 10, 2017: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US President Donald Trump, and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak (L-R) talking during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House. Alexander Shcherbak/TASS (Photo by Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images)
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Update 3:30 p.m. May 16:The New York Times reported Tuesday that highly classified information shared last week by President Donald Trump with the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador came from Israel.
The newspaper cited a pair of unidentified sources familiar with how the information was gathered.
Israel’s concerns about Trump’s handling of classified information were foreshadowed in the Israeli news media https://t.co/KCTFEvG3jt
Israeli officials declined to say whether they were the source of the information. Ron Dermer, the Israelli ambassador to the United States, said in a statement that Israel “has full confidence in our in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump.”
Trump has the power to declassify anything, but sharing information without permission of the ally who provided it represents “a major breach of espionage etiquette, and could jeopardize a crucial intelligence-sharing relationship,” according to the New York Times.
Buzzfeed News later reported that two officials have confirmed the report, indicating that “it’s far worse than what has already been reported.”
US official on Trump revealing classified info to Russians: “It’s far worse than what has already been reported”https://t.co/zj8psn7rL9
At least one member of the Senate Intelligence Committee had been briefed on Trump’s disclosures, according to BuzzFeed News. The outlet also reported that other members have said they did not get a briefing.
The newspaper said that Trump offered details about an IS terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says no intelligence sources or methods were discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.