Suddenly, the media is concerned with a politician leaking classified material. Hillary Clinton received a pass from the press when her email server leaked classified information to hackers. She also received a pass when she revealed classified information during the presidential debate.
Now, however, the media is up in arms that President Donald Trump might have said something during a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister. Their only named source in reports, however, says it never happened.
The Washington Post ran a story yesterday claiming President Trump, in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, revealed top-secret information about the fight against ISIS. It reportedly was so sensitive that it has not been shared with some of our allies yet. The story claimed the leak may have jeopardized intelligence operations and the fight against ISIS.
This morning, President Trump tweeted that he did provide information about the fight against terror with the Russians, he stopped short of saying it was classified. However, the only source the Washington Post cited – White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster – denies it ever happened.
White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, the only identified source in WaPo’s report, denies that the president leaked information the U.S. government deemed classified.
“At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly,” McMaster, who participated in the meeting, told the Post.
However, some have noted that McMaster’s language is intentionally vague and doesn’t indicate an outright denial that classified information was disclosed.
While it is possible that Trump either intentionally or unintentionally shared classified information, the relevant WaPo report appears to cite indirect sources, such as “an official with knowledge of the meeting” or “former officials.”
Here is video of McMaster’s statement to the press last night.