Monday, May 15, 2017

"A witting or unwitting agent of the Russian Federation"

The intelligence relates to what is known as a sensitive access program, or SAP, which covers some of the most classified information and is protected with unique access and security protocols.

Laptop ban

Beyond jeopardizing the trust of key allies, lawmakers and intelligence officials warn that disclosing this type of information could impact US efforts to counter an ISIS plot to place explosives in laptops and other electronic devices to evade airport security screening methods.

While the White House said that Trump did not relay information about "intelligence sources or methods," nor did the President "disclose any military operations that weren't already publicly known," the administration did not address the Post's reporting that Trump described details about how ISIS hopes to use laptop computers as bombs on planes.

According to the Post, "Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State's territory where the US intelligence partner detected the threat" -- a detail CNN agreed to withhold in its report last month at the request of US government officials.

Those officials told CNN at the time that if the name of the city was disclosed then it would reveal crucial information about how the United States learned about the threat.