Trump passed on Israeli intel to Russia, from spy who warned of laptop bombs: Report

American media outlet ABC says sharing of information obtained from spy among Islamic State ranks jeopardises his life

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Handout photo taken on May 10, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump (C) speaking with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC.

The classified intelligence President Donald Trump passed on to the Russians he met last week in the White House was provided to the US by Israel and formed the basis for the US decision to ban laptops on certain flights, ABC news reported.

The intelligence came from a spy inside the Islamic State on an active plot to explode a bomb on a flight into the United State, smuggled aboard in a laptop, that could escape detection by the standard metal detectors used at most airport the world over.

The report said the spy’s life was at risk because of the disclosure.


There was no official confirmation or denial of the ABC report for hours after it was first posted online on Tuesday. The news outlet had sourced the report to current and former US officials.

President Trump did allude to the airline security in his Tweet Tuesday morning in which he defended sharing the intelligence with Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.

“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled WH meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining,” he wrote, “to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”

Defending the president’s remarks to the Russians and the Tweet on Tuesday, as “wholly appropriate”, National Security Adviser HR McMaster told reporters Tuesday the president “wasn’t aware of where this came from. He wasn’t briefed on the source of this information”.
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