Posts Tagged ‘Loose Lips’

Trump Tells Murderous Dictator Location of U.S. Nuclear Subs

May 25, 2017

Trump Tells Murderous Dictator Location of U.S. Nuclear Subs
Weeks before revealing “codename-level” intelligence information to the Russian Foreign Minister, President Trump called Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte and told him where U.S. nuclear submarines are located. Subs are stealth assets, and defense officials, who never talk about their deployment, were horrified.

It’s getting harder for Americans to avoid asking if Mr. Trump is too incompetent to be president, or for foreign allies to ask themselves if the U.S. president can be trusted with sensitive information. Of course, we might want to ask why President Trump is praising a brutal dictator like Duterte, whose death squads have executed thousands without trials.

Read the Trump-Duterte call transcript here.

Related:

“Israel alters US intelligence-sharing rules after Trump’s Russia meeting: report,” Ellen Mitchell, The Hill

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Telephone. Telegraph. Tell Trump.

May 15, 2017

Telephone. Telegraph. Tell Trump.
President Donald Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador (and friend of the Trump Campaign) Sergey Kislyak at the White House last week and managed to reveal classified information to them. The Washington Post, with a better sense of discretion, didn’t print particulars, but it seems the loose presidential lips burned a source of Syrian conflict intelligence on ISIS.

More:

“Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador,” Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post

“Republicans Display a Mix of Defense and Alarm on Trump Allegations,” Clare Foran, The Atlantic

UPDATE:

After sending National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster into the fray to issue a sort-of denial of the Trump leak, the president himself admitted he’d done it and said, essentially, “Yeah, so what?” Mr. Trump is saying he did it because he can. Many in the U.S. are asking (a few months too late) if he is too incompetent to be president, and the foreign leaders he will meet with this week must ask themselves if the U.S. president can be trusted with sensitive information.

Further reports on the Leaker-in-Chief:

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Flash: Online News Team Trade-Ups

April 29, 2010

Flash: Online NewsTeam Trade-Ups

Mike DeBonis, Washington City Paper’s “Loose Lips,” is moving to the Washington Post. His WCP farewell is here. Jason Cherkis is temporarily pinch-hitting at the LL position. Is Mr. Cherkis sufficiently compulsive to aggregate the Loose Lips Daily morning link-fest? Dunno. He only tweets a dozen times a day ….

Former temp-Washingtonian Alex Pareene is moving from Gawker to Salon.  Pareene (like Zorro, he goes by one name) spent 18 months as editor of Wonkette. Will he turn the snark down at Salon? Can he? Should he?

 

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