When your ally shares intelligence for your eyes only, you don't share with your nemesis. Isn't that common sense?
Israel intelligence shared the ISIS laptop threat confidentially. Trump didn't hesitate to share it. Through channels, he may have sought permission giving due consideration about the consequences. He didn't do that.
His senior advisors shouldered him and were present. There was no time to shush the errant President who flaps his mouth with abandon.
True is that Presidents can act on their judgment. Also true is that American voters can elect a very bad choice for President.
"Two Israeli intelligence officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News Tuesday that Israel had shared specific intelligence with the US regarding ISIS plots to smuggle explosive laptops onto planes, and that it appeared that that intelligence had been shared with Russia without prior coordination.
The revelation that Trump had shared that intelligence with Russian officials was Israel's "worst fears confirmed," said one of the intelligence officers.
"We have an arrangement with America which is unique to the world of intelligence sharing. We do not have this relationship with any other country," said the officer, who spoke to BuzzFeed News on condition of anonymity as he was not granted permission to speak to the press.
"There is a special understanding of security cooperation between our countries," he said. "To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge? That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed."
The officer previously spoke to BuzzFeed News in January, when he said that Israeli officials had specific concerns about what Trump would share with Russian officials. Israel, he added, routinely shared intelligence that included sources of information and asset names, he said — the type of information that could endanger the lives of those providing the raw intelligence."
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