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Israel source of secret intelligence Trump gave to Russians — report

The New York Times is reporting that Israel is the source of secret intelligence Trump gave to Russians.

Pushing back against allegations of damaging intelligence disclosures, Trump’s national security adviser insisted earlier that Trump’s revelations to Russian officials about the terrorist threat from the Islamic State group were “wholly appropriate” and amounted to a routine sharing of information.

Trump himself claimed the authority to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has “an absolute right” as president to do so. Trump’s tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about IS, as published reports have said and as a US official told The Associated Press.

The Prime Minister’s Office declined a Times of Israel request to comment on the intelligence-sharing.

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