Forget Trump's disclosure, United States intel community is already 'infiltrated'

US President Donald Trump

Top-secret intelligence passed by US President Donald Trump to Russian officials regarding an Islamic State plot to use laptops to smuggle bombs onto airliners likely originated in part from Jordanian spies embedded within the terrorist organization, and not Israel, the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network reported Thursday. He tweeted: "That is how it has been and that is how it will continue to be". Trump is due to arrive in Israel next week during his first overseas trip as president.

A U.S. administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel, which was initially reported by the New York Times.

Lieberman's comments appear aimed at calming concerns over the fraying of close ties.

A Wall Street Journal article said that the asset who provided the intel has been described by U.S. officials as the most valuable source of intelligence on external plots by the Islamic State.

Israel and the US have a long history of intelligence sharing, which has become increasingly important in the face of the threats posed by Iran and ISIS.

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"It is wonderful how countries continue to deal with us even after all kinds of leaks but it is because they are so dependent on our intelligence", Joseph Wippl, a former CIA officer and current Professor of Practice at Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies, told the The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Trump took to Twitter to insist he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining.to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation.

"The Israelis who attended the meeting said that the Americans advised them not to expose any sensitive sources to members of the Trump administration, lest that information reach Iranian hands, until it becomes clear that Trump does not have a compromised relationship with Russian Federation", the paper reported at the time. Most other allies only share their processed information.

Trump's disclosure was hardly the first time a president has declassified information, nor is it the first time a USA leader has failed to keep shared intelligence secret.

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