Trump, who just last week gave highly classified information to Russia in the Oval Office, once wanted Edward Snowden executed for doing basically the same thing.
The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.
The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.
“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.” (WaPo)
The President is the only person allowed to share classified information without actually breaking the law; however, it does not prevent him from the consequences of breaking trust with the sources of that intelligence. It was made clear that he did not have permission from the sources to share the information.
In a series of tweets in 2013, Trump was explicit in how he felt about Snowden, calling him a traitor. His only exception would be if Snowden could “reveal Obama’s records.”
Call it any way you like, but Snowden is a traitor. When our country was great do you know what we did to traitors?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2013
How did Snowden, with not even a high school education, get access to top secret U.S. records. He then gave, or sold, those records-traitor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2013
Snowden, if you’re such a hero then come back home and face justice. In reality, you are just another wiseguy traitor.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2013
ObamaCare is a disaster and Snowden is a spy who should be executed-but if it and he could reveal Obama's records,I might become a major fan
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2013
Not long after the story came out, Edward Snowden tweeted the following:
Next time somebody says revealing unconstitutional mass surveillance to the press crossed a line, show them this: https://t.co/Ofr0WRVuso
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 15, 2017
It is difficult to imagine how Trump can reconcile himself on positions such as these, but perhaps ignorance truly is bliss. It is okay for him to reveal classified information to anyone at any time for any reason, but it is not fine for others, no matter what the stakes.
Perhaps he should revisit the definition of treason. Or an old Southern sayin’: What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
It’s time for Trump to resign, or be removed from office by his own party. Either option is fine by me.