I don’t even know what to do with this…
From the New York Times…
President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, a current and a former American government official said Monday.
The intelligence disclosed by Mr. Trump in a meeting with Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, was about an Islamic State plot, according to the officials. A Middle Eastern ally that closely guards its own secrets provided the information, which was considered so sensitive that American officials did not share it widely within the United States government or pass it on to other allies.
So… he just wants us to know that he was hand-picked by Putin, doesn’t he?
Sadly, it wasn’t illegal…
Mr. Trump’s disclosure does not appear to have been illegal — the president has the power to declassify almost anything. But sharing the information without the express permission of the ally who provided it was a major breach of espionage etiquette, and could jeopardize a crucial intelligence-sharing relationship.
In fact, the ally has repeatedly warned American officials that it would cut off access to such sensitive information if it were shared too widely, the former official said. In this case, the fear is that Russia will be able to determine exactly how the information was collected and could disrupt the ally’s espionage efforts.
I mean come on? WTF was he thinking?
Wait… don’t answer that… I already know. He wasn’t. He doesn’t think. He just does things.
It was not clear whether Mr. Trump wittingly disclosed such highly classified information. He — and possibly other Americans in the room — may have not been aware of the sensitivity of what he was sharing. It was only after the meeting, when notes on the discussion were circulated among National Security Council officials, that it was flagged as too sensitive to be shared, even among many American officials, the former official said.
He knew. They all knew.
I agree with Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island…
“President Trump’s recklessness with sensitive information is deeply disturbing and clearly problematic,” Mr. Reed said in a statement. “The president of the United States has the power to share classified information with whomever they wish, but the American people expect the president to use that power wisely. I don’t believe the president intentionally meant to reveal highly secretive information to the Russians.”
Err… I’m not sure I agree with that last sentence, though.
Frankly, I’m very quickly becoming conspiratorial about this administration. I absolutely would not at all be surprised if turns out the entire election was utterly rigged, that Putin himself put Agent orange up to running in the first place, guaranteed him the win regardless of the popular vote, and manipulated things to make it happen. I actually fully expect to find out that Clinton actually, legitimately won, and not just the popular vote.
That’s where I am at this point.
Bang on. Unfortunately.
And some day, one of those things may be to start a war -- with North Korea, China, Russia, Canada, who the f*ck knows? How sad it would be if stupidity, specifically the stupidity of a few million American voters (pretty small potatoes when compared with the human population of whole planet) were to be the reason for the extinction of our whole species.
I’m not sure to what degree Trump is aware of how Russia is exploiting him. I suspect that Russian officials are completely in awe of how well this is working out for them.