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FROM ISRAEL: Analysis Trump’s Leak of Israeli Secrets Threatens an Intimate Intelligence Relationship (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 18:02

Israeli officers now know that the commander-in-chief of their American counterparts is clearly compromised

Ironically, just when the New York Times and other American news organizations were breaking the news that the secret intelligence President Donald Trump shared last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had been provided to the U.S. by Israel, Trump was in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is the same Erdogan who appointed a pro-Iranian aide to head Turkey's intelligence service. Israel's once intimate strategic alliance and intelligence-sharing with Turkey all but evaporated due to fears that the Turkish intelligence was leaking to Iran and jeopardizing Israeli assets. 

But even during their heyday, Israel's close relationship with Turkish intelligence cannot be compared to the level of sharing with the U.S. intelligence community. For lack of divulgeable classified details, the value of intelligence Mossad and the IDF's intelligence branch pass on to their American counterparts can only be described using superlatives. "We literally give them the crown jewels," said one senior Israeli intelligence officer who was intimately involved in the relationship with the Obama administration.

Like every relationship, the U.S.-Israel intelligence sharing one isn't perfect and it took long years to rebuild trust following the Jonathan Pollard spy scandal in the 1980s. But despite fears in recent years that the lack of personal chemistry between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu would "trickle down" and affect the ties between intelligence professionals, Israeli officials insist that it wasn't the case. The same Obama who locked horns with Netanyahu over the nuclear agreement with Iran gave the go-ahead for the joint Israel-U.S. Stuxnet cyber-attack against the operating system of Iran's uranium enrichment centrifuges, according to the New York Times, in what was probably the most successful joint cyber operation known to have taken place.

According to the reports in American media, confirmed largely by Trump's tweets and his spokesman Sean Spicer, the intelligence Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister concerned plans by ISIS to smuggle explosives aboard a civil airliner, disguised as a computer laptop. Throughout the previous decade when the U.S. fought al-Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan, Israeli intelligence and military labs provided much of the information on jihadists' efforts to prepare more deadly types of improvised bombs for use against American troops.



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