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Trump revealed classified info to the Russians while bragging about his intel sources

  • Trump “revealed highly classified information” to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a White House meeting last week, the Washington Post reported.
  • Intelligence officials determined the information was “so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government.”
  • Trump, the Post reported, seemed to be boasting to the Russians about the quality of the intelligence he gets as the U.S. president. "I get great intel,“ Trump said, according to the report. "I have people brief me on great intel every day.”
  • Trump’s decision to share the information “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State,” the Post added. 
  • The information was reportedly provided by a U.S. ally via an intelligence-sharing agreement, and that ally did not give permission for it to be shared with the Russian officials. Read more (5/15/17)
Let me say some of these things out loud real quick...

•Yesterday, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he’s upset that no charges were brought against Trump’s opponent in the 2016 election (which Trump promised to do during the Presidential debates) AND because Trump is annoyed at how serious the FBI seems to be about investigating Russian interference in our Presidential election.

•Today, President Trump  not only met with the Russian Foreign Minister, but also the Russian Ambassador who is at the center of every controversial meeting between Trump associates and Russian contacts.

•Oh, and that meeting – held in the Oval Office – was done at the “insistence” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

•By the way, no American news outlets were allowed to cover this meeting in the OVAL OFFICE between the President of the United States, the Russian Foreign Minister, and the Russian Ambassador at the center of many of the controversies suggesting collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. NO AMERICAN PRESS WAS ALLOWED TO COVER THE MEETING. There was not even a pool reporter or a pool photographer from a United States media organization allowed to step into the Oval Office for five seconds to take a photo of Trump and the Russians. 

•But, hey, that’s okay because we can always count on TASS, the official Russian state news agency to cover our President’s meeting in the most important office of the “People’s House”:

We ARE going to remember the names of the Republican members of Congress who aren’t raising questions, objections, or worries about what’s happening in this country, right? We won’t allow this to just become the new normal, right? What the fuck is happening, America? How did we get to the point where things are so crazy that we just stopped paying attention to all of the new crazy things taking place?

washingtonpost.com
Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador
The president was boasting of the ‘great intel’ he receives when he discussed intelligence provided by a U.S. partner.
By https://www.facebook.com/greg.jaffe.5

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said that Trump’s decision to do so risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and National Security Agency.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

[…]

In his meeting with Lavrov, Trump seemed to be boasting about his inside knowledge of the looming threat. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” Trump said, according to an official with knowledge of the exchange.

Trump went on to discuss aspects of the threat that the United States only learned through the espionage capabilities of a key partner. He did not reveal the specific intelligence gathering method, but described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the threat.

[…]

“Russia could identify our sources or techniques,” the senior U.S. official said. A former intelligence official who handled high-level intelligence on Russia said that given the clues Trump provided, “I don’t think that it would be that hard [for Russian spy services] to figure this out.”

At a more fundamental level, the information wasn’t the United States’ to provide to others. Under the rules of espionage, governments — and even individual agencies — are given significant control over whether and how the information they gather is disseminated even after it has been shared. Violating that practice undercuts trust considered essential to sharing secrets.

The officials declined to identify the ally, but said it is one that has previously voiced frustration with Washington’s inability to safeguard sensitive information related to Iraq and Syria.

[…]

U.S. officials said that the National Security Council continues to prepare multi-page briefings for Trump to guide him through conversations with foreign leaders but that he has insisted that the guidance be distilled to a single page of bullet points, and often ignores those.

“He seems to get in the room or on the phone and just goes with it — and that has big downsides,” the second former official said. “Does he understand what’s classified and what’s not? That’s what worries me.”

…lock him up?

theatlantic.com
The Trump Presidency Falls Apart
After an extraordinary 10 days, the tenure of the chief executive may have deteriorated beyond his ability to repair it.
By David A. Graham

May 8: Yates testifies and calls out WH/Flynn/Trump lies
May 9: Trump fires Comey, at the reported recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Sessions
May 10: White House retracts recommendation “Trump did it on his own”
May 11: Trump admits the Russia probe was a factor in Comey’s dismissal in an NBC interview
May 12: Trump twitter-threats Comey re: tapes of their convos
May 15: Trump shares sensitive classified intel with Russian foreign minister and ambassador
May 16: a memo from Comey leaks — quotes Trump as asking him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go”

Be sure to tune in tonight for another episode of, Trump’s a Shitshow

Hey guys, anything interesting happen in the last 24 hours? I got a new plant as a very special gift, so that was nice. Had a damn fine veggie burger last night, too. Oh, also, my phone melted from all the breaking news push notifications.  

President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the FBI, James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.


Anderson Cooper was good last night.


Is America a Failing State?

Our country is at a crossroads, and the right path forward must not include Donald Trump as president.


Let’s check in with Mr. Cooper again.


Trump’s Firing of FBI Director James Comey Is a Moment of Truth for U.S. Democracy

This is not yet a crisis of legitimacy, but we are on the precipice of one.


Alright, alright, let’s look at Anderson one more time.

We feel you. Godspeed, buddy.


JUST PICTURE THIS SCENE FOR A MOMENT

After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged. 


BREAKING BABY STING RAY NEWS

“are we gonna talk about how baby sting rays look like haunted ravioli” – @payoletter


OH WAIT I’M NOT DONE WITH THAT OTHER THING YET

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MORE IN FUCKED UP SHIT

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NOT EVERYTHING IS BAD THOUGH

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Huzzah?


HOW TO MEDITATE

1. Sit upright.

2. Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, notice the pressure you feel on your back, legs, and butt from sitting.

3. Become aware of your breathing. Pay attention to it. Focus on this process.

4. When your mind wanders in thought, notice the thought itself as an object of consciousness. Then gently return to the sensation of breathing.

5. Continue step number 4.


I hope you find unexpected joy in something today. It’s more important than ever to practice your version of self-care, whether that means rage-commenting on the internet, making gifs of Anderson Cooper, or lathering yourself in peanut butter while listening to the training montage from Rocky IV, which is a goddamn masterpiece.

[tophdaily archive]

My thing is, I honestly don’t see a way that Donald Trump’s presidency doesn’t herald the end of American faith and confidence in our democratic elections and institutions.

Lets says, for the sake of argument, that Donald Trump and his campaign didn’t actually collude or coordinate with the Russians…. we’re still all fucked. 

Real quick, I just wanna summarize what conclusions the intelligence community has drawn about Russian interference so far. Russia didn’t actually interfere in our election with the idea of helping Donald Trump in mind, they did it because Putin wanted to punish Hillary Clinton for her having questioned the legitimacy of his last re-election. Donald Trump was icing on the cake. Moreover, Putin is motivated by the fact that destroying faith in U.S. democratic elections and institutions allows the Kremlin to demoralize their oppositions and normalize their authoritarianism. Essentially, he wants Russians to ask themselves, why fight for democracy here if it doesn’t even really exist in America? 

Okay, so with all that in mind, lets pretend we’re Russia and lets again assume that Donald Trump and his campaign didn’t actually collude with us. Furthermore, lets assume the Russians have realized that the election hacking scandal has made it very unlikely Donald Trump would ever actually be allowed to ease sanctions or be useful to us in any way. Cool, so now what do we do? Well, if the primary objective has always been to simply destroy the confidence of the American people in their democratic institutions then wouldn’t it make sense to wait until all these investigations have been finalized and then leak information, even if its manufactured, that Donald Trump did in fact collude with the Russians. Who wouldn’t believe it after everything that’s happened? And it would not only throw the entire legitimacy of our electoral process into question, but it would also mean the institutions that are supposed to safeguard us against these sort of things failed - thus totally destroying faith in American democracy. 

I’m bringing this all up because I think the exchange that happened between the White House and the Russians today, who published photos and videos of Trump meeting with the Russian ambassador and Foreign Minister without the knowledge or approval of the White House is very telling. The media is covering it as the White House being trolled by the Russians, but I think it was more than that. I think the Russians were sending the message that they can decide at any time to lean into the narrative of a special relationship existing between Trump and Russia and Trump has no way to defend himself against it. It’s basically like Russia was reminding this White House that they’ve got them by the balls.

So yeah, by his sheer incompetence Donald Trump has created a situation where the waters have become so muddied that it’s impossible for him to ever be truly vindicated in the eyes of at least half of all Americans, no one trusts that this investigation is legitimate anymore, and that distrust can be exploited at any time by a hostile foreign power, who’s primary mission is to destroy confidence in these very institutions like…. idk? Russia?

washingtonpost.com
Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador
The president was boasting of the ‘great intel’ he receives when he discussed intelligence provided by a U.S. partner.
By https://www.facebook.com/greg.jaffe.5

WHAT.

THE.

FUUUUUCK.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material  with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”


JESUS.

I Know Some Think We Underestimate Trump; I Think He Underestimates US

It speaks to his unfettered batshit craziness that he didn’t anticipate resistance, particularly its force, depth, and vastness.

Which renders this evening’s New York Times report grimly bemusing: Trump told the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador that Comey is “a nutjob” and that his firing him the day prior would make things better for the Russians.

Shortly thereafter, MSNBC broke the news that Comey will testify in a public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day.

SO much work lies ahead, but I firmly believe we can safely and legally prevent Trump from completing his first term.

Nutjob this, Agent Orange.

Day 120, May 19, 2017

washingtonpost.com
Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador
The president was boasting of the ‘great intel’ he receives when he discussed intelligence provided by a U.S. partner.
By https://www.facebook.com/greg.jaffe.5

well - we found your leak

it’s in the WHITE HOUSE!

trump looks so happy and at ease - never seen him smile so big, maybe that is where he feels the most comfortable, with his russian bros

Still More Treason: I Hope Each Idiot Who Told Me, "Give Him a Chance!" Eats Smoke and Shits Fire the Rest of Their Lives

So, the scurrilous fuckstick who falsely accused President Obama of faking both his birth certificate and his Harvard grades COMMITTED STILL MORE TREASON LAST WEEK, THIS TIME IN THE OVAL OFFICE, The Washington Post revealed this evening.

Shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week, he met with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador in the Oval Office. Pouring salt in the wound and upping his Asshole Score by a factor of 10, he only allowed in Russian press and forbade the U.S. White House press pool.

Then Trump bragged about highly classified intelligence that a Middle East ally only shared with a few high ranking U.S. officials about an ISIS plot.

He literally bragged to the Russians the way he bragged to Billy Bush on the now infamous “pussy grabbing” Access Hollywood tape.

A few Republicans are finally, but far too timidly, starting to speak out about this monster of their creation.

But either both parties band together to impeach the traitorous and profoundly dangerous skull-dented cretin or the U.S. as we’ve known it ceases to exist.

Nation must always come before party.

We need an independent investigation and he absolutely must be impeached.

Keep working the phones of your Senators and Representatives and keep showing up at their town halls.

We will prevail.

Best to each of you.

nytimes.com
Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say
The intelligence disclosed was about an Islamic State plot, according to officials.
By Matthew Rosenberg and Eric Schmitt

The intelligence disclosed was with Russian foreign minister Sergey V. Lavrov and Russian ambassador of the United States Sergey I. Kislyak. And the classified information was about an Islamic State plot. 

During his Oval Office meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak, Trump went off-script and began describing details about an Islamic State threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft, the officials told the Post.

In his conversations with the Russian officials, Trump appeared to be boasting about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed on “great intel every day,” an official with knowledge of the exchange said, according to the Post.

Apparently him disclosing this information isn’t illegal as the president has the ability to declassify most information but (according to NYtimes) sharing such information without the express permission of the ally who provided it represented a major breach of espionage etiquette and could jeopardize a crucial intelligence-sharing relationship. 

Though His national security adviser denies that this has happened and that the information discussed was only about common threats that both countries faced.