Trump Administration Accused Of Leaking British Intelligence On Manchester Investigation

Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_United_Kingdom_(HM_Government).svgMi5_crest_and_logotype.svgThis week President Donald Trump again made headlines in denying that he ever mentioned Israel in his giving highly sensitive intelligence to the Russians.  (The problem is that no one suggested that he had and the later statement appeared to reaffirm to the world that Israel was the source of the human intelligence from a spy inside ISIS.  News accounts suggested that Israel might have been the source but no one suggested that Trump said it was Israel to the Russians).  Now the Trump Administration is accused of leaking British intelligence to U.S. media in the aftermath of the massacre in Manchester.  The British were reportedly irate and made a formal complaint over the violation of core protocols and protections for intelligence sharing.  This is a very serious complaint and further undermines the core relationships that we rely on in the sharing of national security information. It should result in an immediate congressional investigation to determine what happened.

The media reported on the details of the massacre in the United States before the media of the United Kingdom were informed of the nature of the attack and other details.  Regardless of whether the U.S. officials deemed the information worthy of protection, it was information shared by an ally under strict protections. For example, releasing the name of the terrorist could be a huge breach when you are trying to round up witnesses and suspects.  Even though the culprits know the name, they may not be sure that he has been identified.  The British for example believe that the bomb maker is still at large.

The British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has objected to the breach and demanded assurances that it “should not happen again.”  It is incredibly embarrassing for the American intelligence community and the country as a whole.  The loss of professionalism in the handling of shared intelligence is a threat to our national security efforts.  It is extremely rare to have a close ally file such an objection over our violation of security agreements and leaking of such information.  It is not enough to claim that “it was really not all that sensitive.”  These intelligence sharing agreements are the heart of our collective national security system.  It is based on the understanding that the receiving country does not make such unilateral decisions in the release of information.  If you are serious about fighting terrorism, you need to be serious about these agreements.

123 thoughts on “Trump Administration Accused Of Leaking British Intelligence On Manchester Investigation”

  1. Trump leaked again.This time he leaked to Duterte about the location of naval submarines. The hits keep coming, folks. Hope his loose lips don’t sink these subs.

    1. Yes, shocker! Did he give the lat and long as well? Depth, course and speed? Above the layer or below? Did he disclose any acoustic signature data to help our enemies track them? Does anyone believe we wouldn’t have submarines in the area? As far as N. Korea goes, let them believe we have two. From personal experience, they’ll be hunting for two holes in the ocean. Good luck with that.

  2. Oh, and another brilliant observation:

    Notice how this headline uses the bogeyman of “The TRUMP Administration”, to associate Trump’s name with something scary and bad.

    YET, when somebody in the “TRUMP Administration” leaks something potentially harmful to Trump, the leaker is never called “The TRUMP Administration.” Nope, there they are just plain ol’ leakers. Why don’t we hear, “TRUMP Administration is Nice Enough To Self Report Its Misdeeds!” when something leaks that delights the Main Stream Press??? Because that would make Trump look good. That would destroy the liberal Democratic narrative.

    This is an example of the subtle use of language to spin a story, and smear Trump.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  3. Like CVBrown said above, the “sensitive” information that was leaked was, from the link above:

    Details about the Manchester suicide bomb attack appeared on U.S. news sites before British police had publicly released them to the U.K. media.

    Media outlets, including NBC, were able to publish death tolls, the attacker’s name and the fact that it had been a suicide bombing.

    Wow. That is some pretty sensitive stuff, and I am sure that it was Trump himself who gave that info to the press, right? Or, was some people in out intelligence community, the kind of people who are currently leaking all kinds of things about Trump, and who leak all the time, in every administration, to their friends in the press.

    Another non-story.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. They got it from a real journaist who was standing next to the police command post and getting the information directly from them then sat feeding it to their network. And played a big role in downplaying unproven rumors or helping people connect with their children or vice versa.

      For once we got it straight from the incident to the viewer in a matter of a few hours without being slanted or spun

      Except for MSCNBC, CBS, ABC,,, and CNN.

      How did that happen? Turns out FOX and SKY were the only ones covering the concert and the journalists kep their heads. I particularly liked the way they helped calm exiting people down from what must have been a big time adrenaline rush.

      At that point they stood their ground and both reported and assisted not knowing if their were more or not.

      The signal delay time was less than a few seconds

      Real Journalism. The way it should be.

  4. That would be the resonsibility of the new Special Counsel …..who has unlimited powers to go anywhere however one should keep in mind when it comes to National Security no one not holding the requisite clearance and Need to Know has any right to the information. Second point changing classification by any one individual is far as I know restricted to one individual and that is the President. aka National Command Authority. To be sure refer to Title 50 USC where the US Congress gave that power to the President and the operation and supervision of the National Security Agency who work directly for him.

    So the sole question remains Where’s the Crime?

    and as for the cartoon…..and objectively speaking… it’s a very subjective comment on …or something .

  5. It appears you have joined the Washington post. Get some evidence and then blabber.

    1. Too much work and intereferes with hanging around the water cooler picking u secretariao pool popsies.

      1. You know Michael, I want the press to be ever-vigilant in their pursuit of the truth. This means I want them wide-eyed on this administration and every other member of the political class. I follow multiple sites to make sure I can get as much information as possible. I NEVER read a story assuming the truth is being reported. I question everything for reasonableness and logic. The fourth estate doesn’t seem to care about truth any longer. They truly seem hell-bent on telling people what they should believe is true by slanting their reporting in a way to support their own conclusions.

        Is there ANY news source that just reports facts without imposing a bias?

  6. Unfortunate is the only word I could muster–this is as the so-called budget is making headway being cheered on by the GOP–also, As I write this working away on commitments at http://www.thedailyoutsider.com, a representative of the Islamic Center of Manchester is speaking about on the aftermath of the subhuman lowlife who did this–people who do this are not persons of faith.
    Very trying times folks….Thank you Professor Turley for yet again being a voice of reason…..

    1. “Voice of reason…”? Did you fail to recognize Mr. Voice of Reason here is lying to his readers?

      (The problem is that no one suggested that he had and the later statement appeared to reaffirm to the world that Israel was the source of the human intelligence from a spy inside ISIS.

      WaPo has published stories over a week ago making just that SUGGESTION

  7. From wishing OBGYNs might practice their love with women across the country to spanking the First Lady’s butt on the way up the steps to Air Force One to the First Lady preferring Trump Tower to the White House or holding the President’s hand to the President’s son-in-law running the family businesses on the White House and State Department’s dime, the Republicans sure have given us a couple of Duesies.

    Comedy wouldn’t get much better than that, I’d guess, if it weren’t for Republican lawyers turned Senators, e.g., Canadian Harvard law grad and Senator Ted (“I am Jesus”) Cruz solemnly declaring after last year’s righteous caucus victory, “Iowa has spoken.” Yes, Ted. You are Jesus.

    Then, there’s first-generation American Miami Law grad and Senator Marco (“Marco knows”) Rubio giving us his highly-sought and unabashed opinion of why radical Muslim terrorists attack what they think are radical Christian terrorists, “They attack us because they want to impose their view of the world on as many people as they can, and America is standing in their way.” Marco knows.

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/05/a8/7c/05a87c2b5b837df7620a277dfd5fe0df.jpg

    1. They attack us because they want to impose their view of the world on as many people as they can, and America is standing in their way.

      Steve,
      Interesting you included Rubio’s opinion in your post. Do you disagree with his opinion? Do you have the courage to share your own opinion of why radical Muslim terrorists attack what they think are radical Christian terrorists, or is this simply your attempt at humor?

      1. Olly: I totally agree that Christian terrorists in the US attack them because Christian terrorists want to impose their view of the world on as many people as they can, and Muslims in the Middle East are standing in their way.

        My question to you is this: why shouldn’t any objective opinion of you conclude you too are a Christian terrorist?

        1. Interesting Steve. You agree? With whom? …because Christian terrorists want to impose their view of the world on as many people as they can, and Muslims in the Middle East are standing in their way. I realize I asked for your opinion, what evidence do you have that makes come to that conclusion?

          why shouldn’t any objective opinion of you conclude you too are a Christian terrorist?

          Provide me the evidence one would have to objectively come to that conclusion. It certainly would be good to know what that is. Who knows, I might come to the same conclusion.

          1. Olly, you’re a Christian. Right? Added to your ilk’s baseless support of destabilization of the Muslim Middle East since 2003, it does tend to make you appear as a radical Christian terrorist if there ever were one.

            1. Yes, I am a Christian. I’m also white, a golfer, like camping, swimming, U.S. Civics, western civ, and many other things. I’m not sure which ILK you are implying I support. Were you in a coma until 2003? U.S. interventionist foreign policy and subsequent destabilization in the Middle East DID NOT originate in 2003.

              Keep trying.

                1. But you’ve supported since 2003. That’s the ‘ilk’ I’m thinking of.

                  Did someone hack your account? What does that even mean? Supported what since 2003, and how would you know?

      1. Now the whole world knows Melania hates her pussy grabbing husband.

        1. Of course that’s how you’d spin it however you forgot the photo of them holding hands while standing still. I suppose you’ve never walked quickly in high heels. It is not a time that one would want to hold anyone’s hand as she needed her arms for balance. That wouldn’t fit your narrative though.

            1. Do you have a spy in their private interactions? It sounds more as if you are jealous and hateful.

              1. Melania has publicly demonstrated that she is not too fond of her husband .He has also treated her rudely in public. Who would be jealous of all that hate? The Bushes and the Obamas had warm loving relationships.

            2. Melania might be hoping he is impeached so she doesn’t have to move in with him.lol

        2. From name calling to crude porn language. And these people wanted to continue leading the nation?

    1. I know, right? Fortunately Trump never name-calls, from crooked Hillary to lyin’ Ted. A real class-act we can all learn from.

      Any other baseless complaints?

      1. I am responsible for one person’s actions and words…my own! Sanctimonious hypocrites!!

  8. (The problem is that no one suggested that he had and the later statement appeared to reaffirm to the world that Israel was the source of the human intelligence from a spy inside ISIS).

    That statement would be true if you want to ignore everything the WaPo reports. This opening paragraph from May 18th:

    The United States and Israel are publicly brushing aside President Donald Trump’s reported sharing of a highly classified tip from Israel with Russia, (emphasis mine) but spy professionals on both sides are frustrated and fearful about the repercussions to a critical intelligence partnership.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/israeli-spies-upset-by-trump-intel-sharing-with-russia/2017/05/18/35ffeedc-3bfd-11e7-a59b-26e0451a96fd_story.html

      1. That’s not classified information it’s more like common knowledge since the 60’s. Never heard of Det Cord, Det Sheets or Det Flex or liquid C4? If you have a blasters license acquisition is not too difficul t just another construction item or tool. How about in a shoe or a cell radio phone? TSA supposedly checks for that sort of thing… or something.

    1. That’s what happens when you carefully read propaganda. Notice all the disclaimer and easy out words? Total sum value? Nothing. WaPo as a source? Right. or something.

    1. Never heard of him. Any relation to Benita Pelosillyni? The available intellect on this forum far outweighs the programmers for the collective. No matter how man times you change the name of the machine part.

  9. Prince Jared and Princess Ivanka are doing a lousy job of running the country. Get some professionals.

    1. Very intellectual. Eminently suitable for a Tweetie Bird intellect.

  10. Oh give me a damn break. This whine is over the following……”death tolls, the attacker’s name and the fact that it had been a suicide bombing”.

    This is leaked intelligence? Sounds like Brits just heard it from us first. Pick up your Legos and go home!

    Maybe we need a Special Council right?

      1. Was this where the “dossier” in question originated from? Sickening!

  11. 🙄 Our intelligence agencies are an embarrassment. “Reportedly” from whom? Anonymous sources? Leakers? Unmaskers? Perhaps the ghost of Seth Rich.

    1. Good point but other than turning to a different channel stick with it. It helps to keep an eye on the opposition to our Representtive Constitutinal Republic.

  12. Big friggin deal! The Brits need to Brexit and we need to build a Wall. Too many refugees spoil the broth.

  13. Leaked Israeli and now British intelligence information……Doubt the fool will be impeached but certainly the most incompetent crew to ever disgrace the whitehouse.

    1. The idiot can truthfully claim ignorance. Is anyone sick of Trump’s inexperienced slum lord son in law running the government yet?

      1. No. But we were sick of the Dodd Franck excursion into that area.

      2. He’s doing a great job on behalf of Israel – ramping up fever for more Wars For Them. Apparently, the reason he doesn’t talk on camera is because his language is Mob-ese – and the average non-NY/NJ person wouldn’t understand what he said.

    2. He wasn’t talking about President Trump who has that right but the left wing and or deep staters who do not.;. No doubt the most incompetent fool to disgrace the country are those who took their oath of office and then took another oath to a foreign ideology. We’ll let Mr. Mueller sort it out including the possibility of the information pipeline to the former rulers of the Soveiet Union set up by Ms. Clinton and her regressive friends and supporters. But as forhe extreme left wing identify faction now failingi to lead whats left of the Democrat /Sociast Party….stupid is as stupid does. —especially after LBJ, Carter, Clinton and Obama and their one party system of government. You may contact me direct at my easy to find address in Bight, ME..

      1. He wasn’t talking about President Trump who has that right but the left wing and or deep staters who do not.
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        Actually, there’s nothing in Turley’s article about ‘the left wing or deep staters either’… I think the legalese here would be something about supposing facts not in evidence…

        However, you did manage to make this about… DA LIBRULS!

        Dingdingdingding…

        We… have… a winner!

        Someone hand the microphone to Michael…

        Okay… everyone, fall in behind Michael as he leads the chant…

        DA LIBRULS! DA LIBRULS! DA LIBRULS! DA LIBRULS! DA LIBRULS!

        Uh… could someone open a window? THere’s this unpleasant, persistent odor in here…

        1. therepublic is a discredited and disgruntled old timer who used to be a big deal here, but got run out of town.

          1. I am 90 years old. Please keep me on board the blog. I may not know nuthin bout birth babies but I have some things to say which might be interesting.

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