Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

Russian FM mocks US media over intelligence-sharing reports

President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov when they met last week, according to a media report.

White House officials reject the Post story, but they do not specifically deny that sensitive information came up at the meeting.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

The fake news from The Washington Post had some truth, Trump did share some information, not secrets, information that will save lives and prevent terrorist attacks.

The report claims the information had been obtained from "a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement", and was not authorized to be shared with Russian Federation, the US' allies, or even within much of the U.S. government.

The official said doing so "could be a risk for our sources".

Trump responded by tweeting that as president, he had authority to disclose whatever he'd like.

A Japanese government official said it was simply not possible to stop cooperating with Washington on intelligence matters.

Germany is heavily dependent on USA intelligence. Russian Federation and the US have a largely adversarial relationship and do not share intelligence information on a regular basis.

Australia is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing program with the U.S., Canada, Britain and New Zealand.

Turnbull declined to comment specifically on the report, but said during an interview Tuesday with Adelaide radio station 5AA that he is confident in the Australia-U.S. alliance.

Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell also called the story "false" Monday.

Trump told the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador in the Oval Office that the Islamic State had used stolen airport security equipment to test a bomb that could be hidden in electronic devices and slipped undetected into an airplane cabin, the officials said. "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here".

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