Is­rael wor­ried af­ter Trump di­vulged IS plot to Rus­sia

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TEL AVIV: Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence ex­perts are gravely con­cerned that United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s shar­ing of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion with Rus­sia may have com­pro­mised an Is­raeli agent, but don’t ex­pect any long-term con­se­quences for in­tel­li­gence co­op­er­a­tion.

Trump has con­firmed via Twit­ter that dur­ing a meet­ing with Rus­sian Foreign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov at the White House last week that he shared in­for­ma­tion re­lated to a po­ten­tial air­line plot by Is­lamic State, thought to in­volve a lap­top bomb.

The New York Times, cit­ing a cur­rent and a for­mer US of­fi­cial, re­ported on Tues­day that the in­for­ma­tion Trump di­vulged came from an Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence as­set in Syria.

On Tues­day, Trump called Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu to dis­cuss his visit to Is­rael next week, but the two did not dis­cuss the in­tel­li­gence leak dur­ing their 20-minute con­ver­sa­tion.

Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence ex­perts said they could not con­firm whether an Is­raeli as­set was the source. But they said Is­rael had de­vel­oped a deep net­work of hu­man and sig­nal in­tel­li­gence across the re­gion and it was plau­si­ble that it had man­aged to in­fil­trate IS as part of that long-run­ning ef­fort. Reuters

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