WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russian officials during a meeting last week, potentially jeopardising a source of intelligence about ISIL, The Washington Post reported on Monday, citing current and former US officials. The newspaper said the information Trump relayed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had been provided by a US ally through a highly sensitive intelligence-sharing arrangement.
The ally had not given Washington permission to share the material with Moscow, and Trump’s decision to do so risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Post said, citing unnamed officials. uring his Oval Office meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak, Trump went off-script and began describing details about an ISIL threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft, the officials said.
“The officials are also quoted as saying that Trump indicated the town under ISIL control where this information was obtained, giving rise to the possibility that ISIL could learn more about collection methods of the information or even who got the information in the first place,”