Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Trump 'didn't know source' of intelligence passed to Russia, says McMaster

Donald Trump did not know the source of the anti-terror intelligence he passed to the Russians - or how it was gathered, his National Security Adviser has admitted.
Mr Trump has said he shared information about "terrorism and airline flight safety" while meeting foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week.

US media reported that highly classified information was disclosed.

General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, reiterated that the passing on of the information was "wholly appropriate" and based on "open source reporting".

Facing tough questions from reporters at the White House, he said Mr Trump had "in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation".

"The President wasn't even aware of where this information came from - he wasn't even briefed on the source or method of this information either," he added.

However, General McMaster did not deny that classified intelligence may have been passed on.

"We don't share what's classified, what's not classified," he said.

Mr Trump has defended his actions in a series of tweets.

He posted: "As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining....

"...to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism."

He did not address whether the information he shared was classified.

There is no suggestion Mr Trump has committed a crime as he has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will.

SKY      News.