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Trump’s leak tests U.S.-UK relationship

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Many in the British intelligence community are disturbed by Donald Trump’s most recent meeting with Russian officials, during which he bragged of “great intel” about an Islamic State plot. They fear the Oval Office could become a centre for the broadcasting of information, for which spies have risked lives and liberty.

“There is a now widespread concern about the ability of Trump to handle secret material with discretion and judgment,” a former high official in Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence agency told me. Others echoed his view.

Trump’s actions could ultimately be more damaging than the WikiLeaks disclosure of CIA hacking tools in March, or Edward Snowden’s 2013 NSA leak, and have already strained the west’s main spy network.

And they are likely to increasingly test the “special relationship” between the United States and Britain, one that becomes more precious to the UK as........

© Reuters