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Intel Trump gave Russians came from Jordan, not Israel
Stuart Winer, Times of Israel, May 18 2017

Jordan, not Israel, was likely the original source of secret intelligence information given by Trump to the Russians, al-Jazeera reported Thursday, citing current and former Jordanian intel boxtops. Speculation has swirled as to which country provided information that, according to a bombshell WaPo story Monday, Trump disclosed to Russians officials in the White House last week. Trump later confirmed and defended the passing over of sensitive details about potential terror threats. The country supplying the intelligence to Pindostan was identified in the WaPo story only as “an ally that has access to the inner workings of Daesh.” But the NYT reported Tuesday that Israel was that country, prompting reports in local media that Israeli boxtops were reassessing intelligence-sharing cooperation with Pindostan. ABC news even reported that as a result of the information leaked by Trump, an Israeli spy’s life was believed to be at risk. The spy was said to have tipped handlers off about a Daesh plan to blow up a passenger plane headed for Pindostan by hiding a bomb in a laptop, ABC said, quoting current and former Pindo boxtops. However, the Jordanian sources assessed to al-Jazeera that Israel is unlikely to have been able to position a key spy in Daesh. The sources said the intelligence that Trump shared with the Russians came mainly from Jordanian spies. Jordan, they said, has developed human intelligence resources with agents on the ground, including some who have infiltrated militia groups inside Syria and Iraq, among them Daesh. One source who spoke on condition of anonymity said:

When it comes to Daesh, unlike Jordan, Israel relies on its electronic surveillance collection and its intelligence sharing-arrangement with its Arab partners.

The report noted that several thousand Jordanians have joined Daesh since it formed a few years ago, among them former military officers, and many reached high-ranking positions within it. Meanwhile, Pindo media continued to name Israel as the origin of the intelligence, with the WSJ reporting late Wednesday:

Multiple Pindo boxtops had confirmed that the source of the information was Israeli and considered “the most valuable source of information on external plotting by Daesh. The boxtops, who were said to be familiar with the gathering of intelligence on Daesh, stressed that the spy or possibly spies were particularly valuable for providing information on the terror group’s efforts to attack commercial airplanes.

Pindo boxtops claimed that although Israel has publicly said that cooperation with Faschingstein remains untarnished, privately Israeli boxtops are “fuming.” WSJ said:

Boxtops worried for months that Mr Trump would expose state secrets, even unwittingly, because of his lack of experience in handling classified information and his propensity to shoot from the hip.

Some disagreement remain over how much of an impact Trump’s revelation will have on counter-terror efforts, the report said. While some doubt the Russians can pin down the source of the information in Syria, one boxtop said it may have been compromised. Another official was quoted as saying it could take a while until the extent of any damage becomes clear. However, the report said:

All the boxtops agreed that the president’s impromptu revelation had shaken career intelligence officers’ confidence in Mr Trump’s ability to keep secrets and exacerbated long-standing tensions between him and the intelligence community.

An Israeli TV news report Wednesday night said the highly classified intelligence concerning Daesh activities came directly from Raqqa and was sourced to AMAN, Israel’s Military Intelligence. On Tuesday morning Trump spoke by phone with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the White House said at the time. In Israel, the PMO later confirmed that the president also spoke with Bibi, but said the conversation focused only on arrangements for Trump’s visit to Israel next week.

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