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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with President Trump

A report by Vanity Fair Wednesday, based on interviews with Israeli and US Intelligence officers suggests that President Trump may actually be the Manchurian Candidate, the high ranking American politician working in the service of the Russians in Richard Condon’s 1959 novel by that name. The report focuses on the May meeting in the White House between Trump and Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and its ambassador Sergey Kislyak – from which US media were barred – where the president, according to the Washington Post, bragged to his guests that “I get great intel,” then proceeded to share said “intel,” obtained from an intelligence-sharing ally, who had not given the US permission to share this information.

The ally Trump betrayed to the Russians in the Oval Office was Israel, whose covert mission deep inside led to the discovery that ISIS terrorists were working on transforming laptop computers into bombs that could pass undetected through airport security, according to Vanity Fair. The Israeli mission involved two Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters with Sayeret Matkal commandos and Mossad tech experts on board, that last winter flew over Jordan and then proceeded north to the Euphrates River. Their target was an ISIS cell that was working on transforming laptop computers into bombs that could pass undetected through airport security.

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The US Homeland Security acted on the information, as did the UK, banning passengers from a list of Muslim-majority countries from flying with laptops. There’s no telling how many American and British innocent lives were saved by Israel, only for the president to turn the “intel” over to a superpower which is invested in its relationships with Israel’s worst enemies.

According to Vanity Fair, last January, before the Trump inauguration, Mossad officers participated in a conference at the CIA headquarters in Langley where they were told that American intelligence agencies believe that Russian president Vladimir Putin has “leverages of pressure” over Trump, and that Israel should “be careful,” since sensitive information its agencies share with the White House and the National Security Council could be leaked to the Russians, who would share it with Iran.

In other words, the Mossad should have known better than to share information gotten under such dangerous circumstances with a suspected Manchurian Candidate. The IDF special force provided protection for the Mossad tech team which bugged the actual room where the ISIS cell was going to meet, and an adjacent telephone junction box was finessed so that every word spoken in that room would be overheard. Then, hundreds of miles away, the IDF unit 8200 began to track every word spoken inside that room, from its listening post in the northern Golan Heights. After months of listening, the IDF team finally taped an ISIS fighter lecturing how to turn a laptop into a bomb that would pass through airport security and cause airliners to explode mid-flight.

“I get great intel,” the president told his Russian guests, both of whom represented one of the most devious espionage outfits on Earth. Beaming with pride, he bragged, “I have people brief me on great intel every day.”

With that act which, should it be prosecuted could find the president guilty of treason, Trump created two catastrophes. One, as a senior Israeli military official put it bluntly, “Trump betrayed us, and if we can’t trust him, then we’re going to have to do what is necessary on our own if our back is up against the wall with Iran.”; and two, as former CIA deputy director Michael Morell put it, “The Russians will undoubtedly try to figure out the source or the method of this information to make sure that it is not also collecting on their activities in Syria—and in trying to do that they could well disrupt the source.”

By which the spy master meant the Russians, the Syrians, or the Iranians were certain to hunt down and execute the Israeli agent who was deep enough inside ISIS to be able to point out the room where the terror group conducts its operational meetings.

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