In a stunning new report published Wednesday, it’s revealed that the CIA told Israeli intelligence agency Mossad that Donald Trump was essentially controlled by Russian president Vladimir Putin and could not be trusted.
According to Vanity Fair, the CIA told Mossad before the inauguration that Putin had “leverages of power” over Trump and they should be cautious about sharing sensitive information with the incoming president. Trump, they warned, could turn that information over to the Russians and it could be leaked to Israel’s number one foe, Iran.
More from the jaw-dropping report:
It was only as the meeting was about to break up that an American spymaster solemnly announced there was one more thing: American intelligence agencies had come to believe that Russian president Vladimir Putin had “leverages of pressure” over Trump, he declared without offering further specifics, according to a report in the Israeli press. Israel, the American officials continued, should “be careful” after January 20—the date of Trump’s inauguration. It was possible that sensitive information shared with the White House and the National Security Council could be leaked to the Russians. A moment later the officials added what many of the Israelis had already deduced: it was reasonable to presume that the Kremlin would share some of what they learned with their ally Iran, Israel’s most dangerous adversary.
As the report noted, the CIA official that warned Israeli intelligence did so without much elaboration, but Trump’s behavior in office since being sworn in has proven that the warning had merit.
During a White House meeting back in May, Trump met with Russian officials Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, and he did exactly what the CIA warned Israel before he was sworn in – he handed over classified information to the Russians.
According to a Washington Post report at the time, “The information the president relayed 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, officials said.”
But Trump – who is a toxic combination of utter incompetence and allegiance to a foreign adversary – gave the info up. And, as the report added, the U.S. ally who shared the “code-word information” with Trump never gave him “permission” to hand over the material to anyone else.
As Vanity Fair added in its explosive report on Wednesday, “Israel—as well as America’s other allies—would rethink its willingness to share raw intelligence, and pretty much the entire Free World was left shaking its collective head in bewilderment as it wondered, not for the first time, what was going on with Trump and Russia.”
None of this came out of thin air. During the campaign, Hillary Clinton repeatedly warned the country –although the media was too busy with its blanket email coverage – that Trump was a “puppet” for Putin. Nobody seemed to care at the time.
Now that Trump has been in office for nearly a year, it’s clear that these warnings were not hyperbole. The new commander-in-chief has repeatedly validated them, whether it was giving up classified information in the Oval Office in May or more recently refusing to implement sanctions on Russia.
As a result, allies can no longer trust the United States with sensitive information, which undermines the global fight against ISIS, all while Russia – an American adversary – continues to have a tight grip on the most powerful leader in the world.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.