Long before his Inauguration, Donald Trump has been dissing the Intelligence Community. As a candidate, when asked about skipping even the “Lite” version of the President’s Daily Briefing, he said: ”I’ll get Intelligence when I need it!” Typical Donald Trump, and with all of his ignorant narcissism a-blazing!
Then, right after his Inauguration, Donald went to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Headquarters, in Langley, Virginia, where he spoke in front of the “Wall of Honor.” That is a memorial dedicated to agents who have died in the line-of-duty. As it turned-out, the event was nothing but a photo-op, during which the so-called President Trump even made an obnoxious joke. That disrespectful charade was surely received with horror by CIA personnel—worldwide.
Domestically, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, also provides intelligence, and it is also the main law enforcement arm of the U. S. Justice Department. Just a week ago, Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently because the FBI investigation of Trump’s Transition Team, possibly having colluded with Russia was gaining momentum. The Whits house “justified” the termination as being due to some error by Director Comey, last summer.
Today, Donald Trump acknowledged that he had shared intelligence information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and the Federation’;a Ambassador to the U. S., Sergei Kislyak, who is also an alleged spy master. Trump claims that “I have the absolute right” to share information with Russia. Ironically, there was only one journalist in the Oval Office when Trump shared the Intel with his guests—a Russian one.
More specifically, Trump Tweeted, early this morning, that: “I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism”, which was reported in the NY Times, as linked below:
As he basked in all of his splendid ignorance, claiming that he has the authority to de-classify any material, I wonder if Trump considered the following:
- Can I be sure of who Russia might pass this information onto, or how they might use it, since I do not know what their real intentions are?
- Am I putting the lives of CIA agents at risk, or those of friendly source nations?
- Will news of this leak dry-up future Intel sharing with friendly nations?
- Will I have access to vital intelligence from the CIA, FBI, NSA, etc, within our own Intel Community?
Shortly before Donald Trump’s Inauguration, CIA agents had reportedly cautioned their counterparts at Mosad, the Israeli Intelligence Agency, about sharing Intel with the White House or the National Security Council. They suggested, albeit during the Michael Flynn Era, that it might be shared with Russia, who could pass it on to Iran.
Well, it has been reported that the source of the recent Intel, which Donald Trump had recently given to the Russians was, in fact, Israel. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems comfortable with that! I just don’t get it!
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