Washington Crosses the Intelligence Line

MIN READMay 16, 2017 | 23:19 GMT

A Washington Post report that U.S. President Donald Trump shared top secret intelligence with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister during their meeting May 10 has raised concerns among the United States' intelligence partners.


Intelligence reports are divided into two parts, separated by the so-called tear line. The area below the line contains less sensitive information and can be shared with select parties, including foreign partners. The area above it, however, includes details about the sources and methods behind the report -- information too sensitive to share. A Washington Post report released Monday has raised concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump may have crossed the tear line during his meeting May 10 with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. The United States' intelligence partners and adversaries alike will be intently watching the fallout of the latest White House controversy on intelligence sharing....

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