Investigative journalist Ronen Bergman is claiming Obama intelligence officials allegedly used salacious Russian blackmail information to compromise Israeli officials’ trust in sharing intelligence secrets with President-elect Trump.
The blackmail information is what was found in the dossier published by Buzzfeed earlier this week, which purportedly included compromising videos and information on Trump. The dossier was later determined to be a debunked document.
According to a report by YNetNews, the documents are also causing Israeli intelligence officials to be concerned over “suspicions of unreported ties between the president-elect or his associates and the Kremlin, whose agents are also associated with intelligence officials in Tehran.”
Investigative journalist Ronen Bergman for YNetNews reported that discussions were held in a closed forum “between Israeli and American intelligence officials (the date of the meeting is not mentioned to protect the sources of the report).” Bergman reported:
During the meeting, according to the Israelis who participated in it, their American colleagues voiced despair over Trump’s election, as he often lashes out at the American intelligence community. The American officials also told the Israelis that the National Security Agency (NSA) had “highly credible information” that Russia’s intelligence agencies, the FSB and GRU, were responsible for hacking the Democratic Party (DNC) servers during the elections and leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks, which hurt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Bergman also wrote, “Americans implied that their Israeli colleagues should ‘be careful’ as of January 20, Trump’s inauguration date, when transferring intelligence information to the White House and to the National Security Council (NSC), which is subject to the president.
He added, “According to the Israelis who were present in the meeting, the Americans recommended that until it is made clear that Trump is not inappropriately connected to Russia and is not being extorted – Israel should avoid revealing sensitive sources to administration officials for fear the information would reach the Iranians.”
When Breitbart News interviewed Bergman, he said that his sources claimed the meeting happened before the dossier was published on Tuesday and that “it wasn’t specifically mentioned to the Israelis, only the charge that Vladimir Putin has some sort of unspecified ‘leverage’ over Trump.”
It was only after the dossier had been published that Bergman spoke to his sources again who said “they were speculating that the ‘leverage’ claim could have in part referred to the dossier,” says Breitbart News.
It has also been reported that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued an official statement on Wednesday saying the intelligence community “has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.”
— Ronen Bergman (@ronenbergman) January 12, 2017
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