Intelligence about ISIS allegedly leaked by US President Donald Trump to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last Wednesday was sourced by Jordanian spies, not Israelis, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday morning.According to the report, “veteran Jordanian intelligence officials” claimed the numerous media reports that the information Trump disclosed to the Russians originally came from Israel are false.
Speaking to Al Jazeera anonymously, the Jordanian officials said they “don’t believe Israel has any high level spies” inside ISIS.“Unlike Jordan, [when it comes to ISIS] Israel relies on its electronic surveillance collection and its intelligence-sharing arrangement with its Arab partners,” one source told Al Jazeera. Jordan, on the other hand, relies on human spies on the ground who infiltrate groups like ISIS, according to the source.Trump and Jordan’s King Abdullah spoke by phone on Tuesday ahead of his upcoming visit to the region. There has been speculation that the call involved discussion of the intelligence leak.Reuters contributed to this report.
US officials: Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russia (credit: REUTERS)