Thursday, November 22, 2018

British Spies Secretly Fight Donald Trump, Who Plans To Release Classified Info That Could Put Lives At Risk

Jonathan Vankin
Nov. 21, 2018

As Donald Trump plans to release classified documents relating to the ongoing investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to tip the election in his favor — information Trump claims will show that the FBI placed an adviser to his campaign under surveillance without good cause — British intelligence agencies are fighting Trump behind the scenes to stop him from declassifying the documents, according to an investigation by Britain’s Telegraph newspaper.


British intelligence, according to a Yahoo! News account of the Telegraph report, fears that making the FISA application public would expose secret sources who worked with the British and US intelligence agencies — exposure that could place the sources in harm’s way, and could damage intelligence gathering capabilities.

“It boils down to the exposure of people,” a US intelligence official told the Telegraph, adding that the US concern about exposing sources was shared by the British. “We don’t want to reveal sources and methods.”

Britain’s intel agencies are increasingly getting dragged into a heated and partisan row in Washington about the origins of the Russia probe,” Riley-Smith wrote on Twitter. “Trump’s allies are determined to portray the Russia investigation as a ‘deep state’ stitch-up that was out to get him from the start. The political motive is clear. If voters think FBI is biased and probe is invalid, they’re more likely to wave away its ultimate findings.”

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