Email from Operations Officer of a military/ intelligence organization.
Nearly, without exception we do not publish articles that even remotely touch on politics.However, the New York Times and the Washington Post, by redefining a routine statement of information well known to the public into a “dangerous intelligence leak to the Russians” and their subsequent speculation on the information having been obtained by Israel is a direct challenge to ISIS to hunt down and kill possible Israeli and American intelligence operatives.Publication was approved unanimously by the reviewing committee.
The “intelligence” that President Trump shared with the Russians at the White House dealt with the use of bombs planted in laptop computers to attack commercial aircraft. This was already widely known publicly since a partial ban on laptops has already been implemented and the discussion over further extending it is now underway. There was nothing confidential or sensitive about this item.
Pres. Trump was not briefed on the sources nor on the methods by which this information was obtained. That matter, in spite of media speculation and leaks from “intelligence sources“ was never discussed.
The media argument is that Israel had warned the United States not to share the information with Russia since Israel was afraid that the ,Russians would share it with Assad, and then it would get back to ISIS and then ISIS would be able to detect the Jewish intelligence agents,thus eliminating Israel’s ability to capture further intelligence
Actually, it was the intelligence leakers and the New York Times who dwelled on the source of the information at first being a Middle East ally and then being identified as Israel. Then the speculation grew in the media that Israel would be very unhappy and this would jeopardize United States/Israel intelligence sharing arrangements. Further, the president was an accused of endangering the lives of all of the intelligence agents who provided material.
Thus, before our eyes the fictional story of a dangerous intelligence leak by Pres. Trump of critical information which jeopardized the lives of Israeli intelligence agents and threatened the continued operation of Israeli-American was created, substantially expanded, and then extensively merchandised by the American media.