On today’s Morning Joe, Matthew Miller, former Obama official turned MSNBC analyst, suggested that during their Helsinki meeting, President Trump might have leaked to Putin the existence of a “human source close to Vladimir Putin who was cooperating with the US intelligence community.”
Miller described such information as the “crown jewels” of US intelligence, and continued:
“I can’t believe this is something I’m saying about the President of the United States, but it made me wonder if people are suspicious that [Trump] revealed sensitive classified intelligence, including human source information, to the President of the Russian Federation.”
“It made me wonder what happened in the meeting, and I bet it made US intelligence officials wonder what happened in the meeting: why the President wanted to have that meeting all alone?”
Think about that. A former Obama official is suggesting that President Trump set up a private meeting with Putin in order to be able to clandestinely divulge to him incredibly sensitive intelligence: that the US has a spy in Putin’s inner circle. John le Carré might have dismissed such a scenario as too far-fetched.
Hosting in the absence of Mika and Joe, Willie Geist responded:
“And Matt, you’re not the first person to raise that suspicion, privately and publicly, around this table.”
Note: Miller was commenting on a New York Times article reporting that [emphasis added]:
“Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.
The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.”