The US director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, has become the latest high-profile figure to leave the Trump administration. President Donald Trump tweeted Mr Coats would step down in mid-August and that he would nominate the Texan congressman John Ratcliffe to replace him. Mr Coats and Mr Trump have often been at odds over Russia and North Korea.
President Donald Trump lit into the U.S. intelligence community on Wednesday, telling his intel chiefs to “go back to school” just one day after they publicly contradicted him on several of his foreign policy priorities. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel both indicated on Tuesday that there is significant daylight between the president and the intelligence community on major issues. They testified that the Islamic State remains a forceful presence in Iraq and Syria, that North Korea is not likely to give up its nuclear weapons, and that Iran is not yet seeking a nuclear weapon.
Government intelligence contractor Reality Leigh Winner has been charged in the NSA leak of Russia’s 2016 election meddling to the press earlier this year. Winner was arrested last week and the case was revealed on Monday. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said investigators’ fast work “allowed us quickly to identify and arrest the defendant. Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government. People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation.”
Information regarding Monday’s terror bombing in London has been leaked by the US government agencies to the media. Subsequent to a complaint by the Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, Donald Trump condemned the information coming from the US government agencies as a breach of security. In a statement, Trump said, “I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and, if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”. After the disclosures, British police has decided to briefly halt sharing information with U.S. agencies.
On Monday Trump told reporters that during the May 10th interview with the Russians that he “never mentioned the word or name Israel”, something he was never even accused of doing. During the meeting with Netanyahu, both men responded to a shouted question asking the Israeli leader whether he had any concerns about intelligence cooperation with the United States. “The intelligence cooperation is terrific,” Netanyahu said.