The source of the classified intelligence that U.S. President Trump shared with Russian officials in May was information Israel obtained after hacking computers belonging to ISIS, the New York Times reported Monday.
According to the Times, which cited a U.S. official, Israeli “cyberoperators” managed to penetrate an ISIS cell of bombmakers based in Syria a number of months ago.
According to the report, the information was so good that it allowed the United States to learn that the terror cell was working on explosives that could fool airport security by passing as a laptop battery.
According to the report, the information helped support a ban since March on carrying electronics such as laptops on incoming flights from number of predominantly Muslim countries to the United States and Britain.
The intelligence was shared at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. The unnamed officials said Israel had previously urged the U.S. to be cautious with the said information.
The revelation that Trump shared sensitive intelligence with Russia raises the possibility that the information could lead to it leaked onward to Iran.
This story "Israel Cracked ISIS Computers — But Trump Leaked It To Russians" was written by Haaretz.