On May 10, President Trump exposed information about Islamic State operations to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. Trump did not have permission to discuss this restricted information with Russia, and news organizations are now being asked to withhold reporting certain information that was shared. The journalistic mantra of whole-truth reporting is clashing with the national security commotion.
NBC News reported:
Trump told the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador in the Oval Office that the Islamic State had used stolen airport security equipment to test a bomb that could be hidden in electronic devices and slipped undetected into an airplane cabin, the officials said. And he named the city in ISIS-held Syria in which the intelligence was gathered, the officials added.
U.S. intelligence officials have asked NBC News and other media organizations not to report the type of equipment, where it was stolen, and the name of the city where the intelligence was gathered, because doing so could harm U.S. national security, they say. But Trump told the Russians those things, the U.S. officials said, as he described intelligence that led to the new rules banning electronic devices in the cabins of certain flights.
Denying media access to problems in Washington is an issue. Jennifer Rubin wrote in The Washington Post that Trump is “impairing intelligence-sharing that is critical to our national security.” If safety in this country, safety on airplanes and alliances with other countries are in jeopardy, the people deserve to know. Not only may national security be at risk, but also free press.