Trump’s Russian leak said to reveal Israeli cyber hack of IS bomb cell
NY Times claims US president blew the cover off an Israeli computer unit’s infiltration of terror group, which found it was planning to blow up airliners with exploding laptops
ed note–let us, if we may, offer an alternative theory as to what this is all about, one that is sure to drive the ‘Trump is owned by the Jews’ brigade absolutely batty, given that it contradicts the inflexible, rigid, and dogmatic narrative which they have adopted to events and circumstances that are more complicated than what their one-dimensional perspective is willing/able to consider.
Imagine in the run-up to 9/11, when–as many will remember–Israel was ‘warning’ America that a major terrorist attack was coming…Imagine for a moment that Bush, his intel community and the military, knowing what was coming and having the best interests of America at heart, decided to prevent the attack from taking place by ‘leaking’ intelligence that had been given to them by the Jewish state and then began rounding up all the troublemakers, including the several hundred Israeli spies who were operating in the US at that time making up the ‘welcoming committee’ whose job was to put everything into motion that would lead to 9/11.
All can assume that the very same screeching which we are witnessing today with Trump’s ‘leaking’ of ‘classified’ intelligence to the Russians would also have taken place, given that Bush had in effect prevented the event which the Jewish state needed to take place in order to get her Goddamned ‘war on terror’ started.
So, who’s willing to bet that what actually took place with this recent brouhaha was that it was actually ISRAEL who was planning to blow up airliners using ‘laptops’ as the method for doing so, that Trump and his people know all about it and are stowing this little ace up America’s sleeve to be pulled out at exactly the right moment when it comes time to put a leash on this feral dog calling itself ‘the Jewish state’?
Yeah, I know, that theory doesn’t make sense at all, ’cause Trump’s daughter converted to Judaism and he wore the pancake on his head when he visited Israel recently.
Times of Israel
The sensitive intelligence that US President Donald Trump controversially revealed to the Russians was gathered by an Israeli cyber warfare unit that penetrated an Islamic State group bomb-making cell, The New York Times reported on Monday. The acutely sensitive information obtained by the Israelis reportedly exposed how IS intended to use bombs in laptops to blow up airliners.
Previous reports on the leaked information had indicated that it was an Israeli agent who had infiltrated the organization.
A New York Times report about US cyber-warfare efforts against IS said Monday that the information was specifically about an IS plot to disguise bombs as laptop batteries in a way that would trick X-ray security machines at airports.
The report said this Israeli cyber breakthrough had been one of the only successes in infiltrating IS.
“Top Israeli cyberoperators penetrated a small cell of extremist bombmakers in Syria months ago, the officials said. That was how the United States learned that the terrorist group was working to make explosives that fooled airport X-ray machines and other screening by looking exactly like batteries for laptop computers,” the report said.
“The intelligence was so exquisite that it enabled the United States to understand how the weapons could be detonated, according to two American officials familiar with the operation. ”
Armed with the information, US officials imposed a ban earlier this year on taking laptop computers on flights heading to the US from 10 airports in Muslim countries.
According to the report, the bomb information was “part of the classified intelligence that Trump is accused of revealing when he met in the Oval Office last month with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and the ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak.”
Trump’s indiscretion sparked anger in the Israeli intelligence community, prompting calls by some for a scaling-back on intelligence sharing with the US.
Later reports said an Israeli intelligence asset embedded in the terrorist group had provided the tip-off about the planned attack, and that Trump’s information-sharing possibly put the spy’s life at risk.
Trump admitted that he had given information to the Russians, saying in a tweet he had the right to do so, but the exact source of the material was never confirmed. Although media reports pointed first at Jordan, speculation quickly turned to Israel as being the original provider.
The US president then seemed to inadvertently confirm that Israeli operatives were the source of the intelligence when he made on off-the-cuff remark to journalists during his visit to Israel at the end of May.
As he headed into a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said “I never said the word Israel” in his meeting with the Russian foreign minister, a comment that many saw as confirmation that the source was in fact Israeli.
Reports of the leak made waves in the Israeli intelligence community, with some former heads of the Mossad decrying Trump and calling for the US to be “punished” for the gaffe.
On March 21, Washington announced a ban on carry-on laptops and other electronics larger than a cellphone on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.
Last month US aviation security officials stepped back from imposing a ban on carry-on computers on flights coming from Europe, which had been proposed to guard against possible bomb-laden electronics from IS.
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