America’s Top Ally Takes Action Against Trump For Mishandling Secret Terror Intel
Britain Becomes the 2nd Ally in as Many Weeks To Reevaluate Intelligence Sharing with the US
Following the leak of classified information related to the Manchester terrorist attack to the American press, intelligence officials in the UK have stopped sharing information with their American counterparts. The New York Times publication of crime scene photographs, coupled with various outlets revealing the identity of suspect Salman Abedi before British authorities were willing to release it has left UK officials “outraged” according to the BBC.
The abuse of trust with Great Britain comes not long after President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information provided by Israel to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office. British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to confront Trump at the upcoming NATO meetings about how the US handles classified information. The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Thomas Sanderson likewise directly blame towards the president:
“This is a leaky administration. What does that mean for sharing information we need to going forward? The UK and Israel are probably our two biggest sources of intelligence. Now they’re thinking, ‘Is this going to cause us damage every time we share?’ Then you have to calculate every piece of information.”
Perhaps the most scathing reaction, however, came from British police:
“These relationships enable us to collaborate and share privileged and sensitive information that allows us to defeat terrorism and protect the public at home and abroad. When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses and their families.”
Losing access to our allies intelligence agencies could severely damage the safety and security of Americans at home. In June of 2001, UK investigators arrested Afghan men that were “discussing hijacking attacks in New York City.” In August of the same year, they warned the US that the men were “organizing a major terrorist act against the US via an airline or airlines.” Also in 2001, Israeli intelligence officials alerted the CIA that an Al Qaeda attack was “imminent“. Regardless of changing administrations and political philosophies over two decades, the link between the American intel community and our allies has been crucial to protecting against international terrorism.
Donald Trump has jeopardized that. In just over four months in office, two of America’s strongest allies now fear intelligence sharing. The man who once proclaimed to “love Wikileaks” has kicked up his leak game to new heights. His actions in the Oval Office, and those of his intelligence chiefs following Manchester have put American safety at risk. Thanks, Donald.
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