Vanity Fair has revealed the details of the sensitive Israeli intelligence that U.S. President Donald Trump shared with senior Russian officials in May. According to the report, IDF Sayeret Matkal commandos and Mossad agents entered Syrian undetected and obtained alarming information that prompted the U.S. to ban passengers from certain countries from bringing laptops on board planes.
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On Wednesday, the Vanity Fair magazine revealed the confidential information that U.S. President Donald Trump disclosed to senior Russian officials in May 2017. According to the report, the intelligence included the details of a covert mission carried out by IDF Sayeret Matkal commandos and Mossad agents in the heart of Syria.
Last winter, about a month after Trump’s presidency began, two Israeli helicopters discreetly flew toward Syria and entered the country’s airspace undetected. The commandos and Mossad agents’ target was an ISIS terror cell that was trying to acquire a new and deadly weapon. The report added that the mission and the information that was obtained from it were at the center of the Trump intelligence leak that became an international scandal.
The information from the mission led to a discovery that changed airport security procedures around the world. The Israeli commandos and agents found out that ISIS was trying to turn laptop computers into bombs that airport security scanners would fail to detect. Israel chose to share this alarming information and the way it was obtained with one country: America. The intelligence prompted the U.S. Homeland Security Department to ban passengers traveling from certain countries from boarding flights with laptops.
The U.S. intelligence community expressed its appreciation for the vital information and it is still unclear what led Trump to share it with the senior Russian officials. After it was reported that he leaked the intelligence to them, Trump wrote on Twitter that he has “the absolute right” as president to share information with whomever he sees fit.