According to The New York Times, Donald Trump disclosed classified information provided by Israel during a talk with top Russian officials in the Oval Office.
As originally reported by the Washington Post, Trump shared the information with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week during their visit to the White House.
According to the Times, the new revelation adds new foreign policy kindling onto the fire of an already explosive fallout.
Israel is one of the United States’ most important allies and and intelligence collectors in the Middle East, and the information could easily pass to Iran, a close ally of Russia and one of Israel’s main threats. Israeli officials did not confirm the information’s origin.
From The Times:
In the meeting with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, Mr. Trump disclosed intelligence about an Islamic State terrorist plot. At least some of the details that the United States has about the plot came from the Israelis, the officials said.
Israel is one of the United States’ most important allies and a major intelligence collector in the Middle East. The revelation that Mr. Trump boasted about some of Israel’s most sensitive information to the Russians could damage the relationship between the two countries. It also raises the possibility that the information could be passed to Iran, Russia’s close ally and Israel’s main threat in the Middle East.
The news adds credence to recently resurfaced reports from January claiming that Israeli intelligence officers were wary of sharing information with the Trump administration, fearing it would get passed on to Russia and its ally Iran.