Fears over intelligence sharing in the West

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 14:55:54

Fears over intelligence sharing in the West

The US’s huge intelligence output - and the benefits allies derive from it - will probably limit criticism of the president or forestall any move to downgrade intelligence ties with the US, no matter the frustration allies may feel, according to a global media report Wednesday.

German intelligence officials said they were shocked by the ISIS leak, but there is also deep recognition in Berlin, as in other European capitals, that the US remains a vital partner in counter- terrorism work.

Despite the furore in Washington, one European diplomat said it was accepted in the management of state affairs that political leaders had to make judgments as to what intelligence data they shared with others.

Even before President Donald Trump divulged classified information to Russian diplomats about an Isis bomb plot, America’s closest allies were worried about sharing sensitive intelligence with the new administration.

Current and former intelligence officials stepped up their warnings on Tuesday that crucial intelligence-sharing relationships built up over decades could be jeopardised.

What was alarming was the cascade of damaging leaks clearly coming from high levels within the US government, which is increasingly seen in Europe as a sign of deep disorder in the Trump administration.

- SZ
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