Israel provided intelligence Trump shared with Russians

President Donald Trump pauses while meeting with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Monday

Ushakov said "any contacts" with the US president are "important" but he would not reply to the question whether the classified information that Trump reportedly shared with Lavrov and Kislyak was valuable for Russian Federation.

Donald Trump's alleged divulgence of highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister and ambassador, has confirmed Israel's "worst fears", an intelligence official from the Middle Eastern state has reportedly said.

The Washington Post first reported the allegations on Monday, claiming Trump had shared highly classified information in the talks.

One US official told the Post that Trump had "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies". "The Israelis who attended the meeting said that the Americans advised them not to expose any sensitive sources to members of the Trump administration, lest that information reach Iranian hands, until it becomes clear that Trump does not have a compromised relationship with Russian Federation", the paper reported at the time.

No media were allowed into the meeting except a Russian state photographer, and the White House was apparently tricked into him letting him in. "They're saying that there was a stenographer present in the room that was specifically designated to record this meeting and to provide transcripts to the Russian side at least and presumably to the USA side as well".

The White House has denied the reports.

"At no time - at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed". The White House dismissed the report as false.

Critics pointed out that the incident could complicate USA relationship with its key allies because US allies that have special intelligence-sharing relationship with the USA would ask why Trump deemed it fit to share with the Russians sensitive intelligence that was being withheld from them.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, Trump defended sharing information about Islamic State threats to airline safety with Russian officials during the meeting.

Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported in January that USA intelligence agents had warned Israel's officials against sharing sensitive information with Mr Trump's administration.

Mr Putin said: "What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans".

"He is projecting it to Donald Trump, the US Congress and the wider politial establishment there".

U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly told former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey that members of the press who leak classified information should be imprisoned.

A report earlier in the year foreshadowed just such an incident as well as the growing concerns within the intelligence community regarding the new USA president.



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