WaPo: Trump Revealed "Highly Classified Information" In Meeting With Russians, White House Denies

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As expected, immediately after Wapo published their latest provocative Trump story, the mainstream media echo chamber went into full effect, first NYT. 

And Reuters:

This tweet sums it up pretty well:


Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell, all of whom were in the room during the meeting in question, all issued statements denying that classified information was divulged:

Rex Tillerson:  "During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism.  During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations."

H.R. McMaster:  "The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation.  At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly."

Dina Powell:  "This story is false.  The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced."

Finally, Paul Ryan's office seems to have no idea what's going on.

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Citing "current and former U.S. officials," all anonymous of course, the Washington Post has just reported that President Trump revealed "highly classified information" to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week which jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.  Per WaPo, the sensitive information allegedly relayed by Trump had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government.  

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said that Trump’s decision to do so risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and National Security Agency.


“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”


“It is all kind of shocking,” said a former senior U.S. official close to current administration officials. “Trump seems to be very reckless, and doesn’t grasp the gravity of the things he’s dealing with, especially when it comes to intelligence and national security. And it’s all clouded because of this problem he has with Russia.”

According to the WaPo's rendition of the story, the "highly classified information" was shared as Trump was boasting about the quality of his daily intelligence briefings in last week's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” Trump said, according to an official with knowledge of the exchange.


Trump went on to discuss aspects of the threat that the United States only learned through the espionage capabilities of a key partner. He did not reveal the specific intelligence gathering method, but described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances. Most alarmingly, officials said, Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the threat.


“Everyone knows this stream is very sensitive and the idea of sharing it at this level of granularity with the Russians is troubling,” said a former senior U.S. counterterrorism official who also worked closely with members of the Trump national security team. He and others spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the subject.

Meanwhile, in an effort to add mystique to the story, and undoubtedly to draw a clear delineation between their "responsible journalism" and Julian Assange's reckless,  hostile, non-state cyber terrorism, the Washington Post went on to note that they're withholding most of the juicy plot details, including the name of the city where the intelligence was gathered, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities. 

The identification of the location was seen as particularly problematic, officials said, because Russia could use that detail to help identify the U.S. ally or intelligence capability involved. Officials said that the capability could be useful for other purposes, possibly providing intelligence on Russia’s presence in Syria. Moscow and would be keenly interested in identifying that source and possibly disrupting it.


Russia and the United States both regard the Islamic State as an enemy and share limited information about terrorist threats. But the two nations have competing agendas in Syria, where Moscow has deployed military assets and personnel to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


“Russia could identify our sources or techniques,” the senior U.S. official said. A former intelligence official who handled high-level intelligence on Russia said that given the clues Trump provided, “I don’t think that it would be that hard [for Russian spy services] to figure this out.”

So, just to clarify, Trump leaking to the Russians is bad, but anonymous sources leaking to Wapo is just fine.


Ironically, the only named source in the Washington Post's article is National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster who notes that the entire story is nothing more than "fake news."  Of course, that didn't stop anyone from running the headline or spiking the story.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation," said H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, who participated in the meeting. "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly."

This latest story from WaPo comes after two similarly provocative stories were published by the New York Times and Washington Post last week and then promptly debunked by the FBI and Department of Justice. First there was the story from the NYT saying that Comey had asked for a "significant increase" in funding for his Russia probe just days before he was fired and then WaPo ran a story saying that Rod Rosenstein had threatened to quit when Trump attributed the Comey firing to his letter.  Both accusations were subsequently denied on the record by the Department of Justice. 

As we noted last week, even Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI Director whose wife sourced campaign funds directly from a close Hillary Clinton confidant dismantled the NYT's funding narrative in his Senate testimony by noting that the FBI doesn't even make funding requests for individual investigations. 

Senator:  "Can you confirm that that request [funding request for Russia probe] was, in fact, made?"


McCabe"I can not confirm that request was made.


As you know, when we need resources, we make those requests here.  So, I'm not aware of that request and it's not consistent with my understanding of how we request additional resources. 


That said, we don't typically request resources for an individual case.  And, as I mentioned, I strongly believe that the Russia investigation is adequately resourced."


We're awaiting confirmation that Chuck Schumer has called for yet another Senate hearing on this latest unsubstantiated "media report."

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HenryHall's picture

>>Trump Revealed "Highly Classified Information" In Meeting With Russians

Even if it is true (which is unlikely) that is his prerogative.

As President he gets to decide what is classified and what is not classified.

The_Juggernaut's picture

This may be real, but the never-Trumpers have complained about so many fake things that everyone stopped listening months ago.

AllTimeWhys's picture

Washington post


gee, wilickers color me surprised!

JSBach1's picture

These leaks are ususally divulged in pairs, just ever so slightly nuaunced in a "different" angle...

Come out (NYT, CNN, Politico, CBS, ABC, NBC, ...) of the woodwork?

nope-1004's picture

WaPo -> The dead pig drowning and no one cares.

'nuff said.

AltRight Girl's picture
If Trump will take too long to Drain The Swamp, the Deep State will try to use this Russia narrative until they might get enough support for impeachment. 

Just wait and see

Trump’s Enemies Try to Bind His “Hands and Feet” Using Russia as a Pretext

Pinto Currency's picture

Just as Roger Stone and Cernovich reveal Priebus as the WH Leaker then Bezos/WaPo accuses Trump of classified leak:

BREAKING! Priebus Exposed As White House Leaker

Deep state running scared.

Deathrips's picture

Alt Right Girls a dumb ass spamming malware fucker. Get the hint mother fucker, Fuck Off!!



Pinto Currency's picture

Comey's gone.
Priebus next.

ACP's picture



Mr. Universe's picture

Sorry, but it is all over the Fake news media. They are going to use this to impeach him. I figure the railroad job will be completed in record time as soon as the GOP gets on board. They hate Trump and will do anything to rid themselves of this unplanned and unwelcome interloper. Of course while the US is busy with domestic issues, what black swan will land internationally?

Bigern's picture

Is it really any secret that they want Paul Ryan as President? Only two to shove out of the way.

Rome had a year of four emperors. It can happen again. Nothing new under the sun.



Tarzan's picture

Jeff Bezos, need I say moarrrr?

tmosley's picture

Scott Adams, one of two pundits that I know that haven't jumped the shark, discusses today's fake news, and helps you quantify the exact ingredients that make it up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7klGoQZcyA

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

ZH Comments Section Exclusive!

The sooper seekrit US Partner® mentioned in the article is none other than Saudi Israelia.

vato poco's picture

3 people in the room, all of whom say 'it never happened'. so why the fuck should we believe anything the fake news WaPo ever prints from here on out? what's the difference between 'the reporter just made shit up' vs. 'anonymous sources say...'??

in an some-guy-on-the-internet EXCLUSIVE, it can be revealed that Obama has been sacrificing small children to his bizarre pizza-and-cheese Demon/God, anonymous sources say

Pinto Currency's picture

BREAKING: McMaster Exposed As White House Leaker Accusing Trump of Giving Russians Classified Info: Roger Stone

Yog Soggoth's picture

Good job Pinto. For all interested, Mosul is about to be re-liberated. Ohh, and by the way, the rest of the World already knew this. Big info leak. It is DONE! The Trump detractors are so desparate to get anything at this point that they are frothing at the mouth.

OldTrooper's picture

"why the fuck should we believe anything the fake news..."



Come on!  Get with the program,, buddy!

Reverend.Pajama.Pants's picture

Maybe the "partner" is ISIS? Hmmm, no, the right word for that relationship would be "subsidiary".

jeff montanye's picture

not much more.  they would be happy with pence as well, or hillary clinton for that matter, tim kaine for sure.

it isn't, to beat a very live, kicking and dangerous horse, so much republicans and democrats as it is zionists and everyone else.  once one sees this, the rest begins to make some sense.  all these repubs and dems were vetted by aipac which doesn't give one shit about repubs or dems but cares mightily about israel.  the u.s.?  not so much.

Mr. Universe's picture

I've thought for years what it would be like to really know what's going on, to be able to hear and see the truth of things. A fly on the wall during every important secret meeting. Then it hits me, can I handle the truth or would I end up like the priest in Soylent Green?

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

If they are going to use this to impeach him, then they can throw Hillary "Rapist Enabler" Clinton into prison for what she did with classified information.

That knife cuts both ways.

JLee2027's picture

If Congress ever tried to Impeach Trump. the People would remove Congress and find a lot of rope and nearby trees while doing it. You get my drift. It's all noise that will never ever happen

Thomas Paine's picture

WaPO...Public Enemy #One.

BarkingCat's picture

Bezos is the enemy.

WaPo is his paper.

You want to hurt him? 

Boycott Amazon.

remain calm's picture

I trust Maddow, she seems non partisan

jeff montanye's picture

like all the legacy media that lined up 525 newspapers for the zionist bankster hillary clinton with trump getting 25 or so counting the national enquirer and the crusader, the kkk newspaper.

trump has got to beat these people and the best way is to bust 9-11.  get cracking.

vato poco's picture

no, the BEST way is to turn loose the hounds of hell on the Pizzagate pedos. you heard the man, Big Don: get cracking.

SomebodySpecial's picture

Get cracking Don.

The FCC is a department that you control. An EO that causes an FCC rule.


You got the power...use it and shut these fucks up!

Casey Stengel's picture

I up voted because good, dry, intelligent humor should be rewarded.

earleflorida's picture

eugene meyer bought WAPO for pennies, (Graham's family stewardship), and it began... 

he was the 5th Chairman of the FRB System from 1930-33 (great depression under hoover who ironically claimed his loss was because of FDR's socialist programs), and...    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Meyer

note: link redirects to below


fleur de lis's picture

Wadda crocka sh*t.

First of all, the WaPo used annonymous sources to tell yet another raunchy fairy tale.

Then they forgot to take into account the fact that there were only 4 people in the room -- would one of them be so monumentally stupid at this point to risk geting easily tracked and caught passing information?

Maybe the WH structure itself has surveillance hidden away -- consider who controlled it all these years.

That would be a perfect way to undermine Trump and further empower the Deep State.

After all, didn't Obama, Hellish, Preet, Comey, Waters, etc., join The Resistance/The Deep State and deign to obstruct and destroy Trump?

Doesn't this stunt look a wee bit like that?

Very interesting that they chose WaPo to spread their mischief.

Like attracts like.



spastic_colon's picture

the alinsky rules state that if you need to bury the truth (clinton emails, pizzagate etc) one must perpetuate and continue a lie and continue to do so even without a shred of evidence; if you're able to continue this long enough eventually the truth will become a distant memory; and even if the truth does try to resurface the lie can be used against the truth tellers as an effort to distract from the lie itself.

what do i win?

Arrow4Truth's picture

You get what's behind door #2.

yogibear's picture

Yeah, their icon, Maxine Waters, can call for an investigation.

Oldwood's picture


"reliable anonymous sources" are factual.

Direct confirmed quotes from THE source are NOT.

Is ANYONE paying attention here? Unending leaks and anonymous sources that can only be denied and any actual evidence to the contrary is tainted and untrustworthy. This MUST stop. It must BE stopped.

This is sedition, and goes well beyond "political". This is an organized effort to overthrow our elected government......remember, that thing that democrats decried of Trump's undermining by inferring he might not accept the result of the election......something that democrats have verbally and physically demonstrated that they are full on engaged in overturning.

I would support Trump imposing martial law on these fuckers. Stop EVERYTHING and start an immediate full investigation of the media and the progressive political machine (which will be proven to include many republicans). Fuck these idiots. They want war, we'll give them war.

Trump cannot win this battle on their terms, and god knows he has tried. He has alienated his base supporters to compromise with these evil fucks and they continue to stab him in the front and the back. He is losing ground fast, so he needs to act NOW. no further capitulation.

JSBach1's picture

Anonymous sources -- human or otherwise -- are seemingly embedded in every room of every place of significance where encounters with foreign diplomats take place or policy, whether foreign or domestic, is discussed. The Deep State has interests, (cough)..."ears", strategically placed in the bastion-of-freedom-and-democracy -- how else can they have "two-ways-from-Sunday-of-getting-back-at-you"? Afterall, the exchange of information away from its prying ears must first pass through its "think-tanks" before being regurgitated to its reliable outlets, in the form of anonymity.

eatthebanksters's picture

Unfortunately, that's what the left wants.  They are trying to get Trump to blow up and do something stupid.  He needs to stay cool and above this bullshit.  And, he has to figure out a way to make sure he knows the path of disemination of anything that he talks about in private.  SOme people gotta go to jail over this....including the reporters who are complicit in the act os sedition and espionage.  John Roberts should be first in line.  

Thank goodness Comey is no longer in the FBI...our new Director will actually investigate the leaks.

Just Another Vietnam Vet's picture



18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Definition of subversion

:  the act of subverting :  the state of being subverted; especially :  a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working secretly from within
tunetopper's picture

This story is about the fake news- not dismantling Trumps cabinet. Just think for yourself. The Central Banks are against Russia and Israel is against the Iran/Russia alliance. So you are only going to hear about anti-Russian points of view. When the Libs were in control of the White House you never heard anything negative about Russia. You who only listen to Fox News are being brainwashed to believe that Russia is our worst enemy. They have enough natural resources to survive way beyond the US - well into the next century. Israel has no natural resources except what the US can get them. They have the currency to pay for it ( US dollars) - thanks to their investments in the various banks throughout most of the tax-haven world (ex-Israel) - especially Great Britain's crown dependencies, Denmark, Dutch West Indies- FYI Soros' largest holdings - Curaçao (Dutch).

eatthebanksters's picture

One thing is certain, when they find the leaker he or she is fucked.

yogibear's picture

The leftist keep coming out with outragious news regarding Trump and Russia.

Anything to discredit him. On Progressive channels they discuss their dream of impeaching Trump.

Next they'll make up a birth certificate that proves Trump was born in Russia.

Or Trump is a KGB agent.

Bastiat's picture

Trump has the authority - Clinton and Abedin did not.  Arrest them now!