Happy birthday, Mr. President: Trump and the incidents

15.06.2018

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Last year the report was prepared by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. There are only a few incidents presented here which have stirred up the media since Trump became the President.

Trump transfers secret information. In May, 2017, the U.S. media informed that Donald Trump told Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, about ISIS plans to blow up an American plane. That’s how he could allegedly expose info on intelligence informer.

Negotiations are held in public. In February, 2017, the photo of the USA President and the Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at the golf club was made by a businessman who was sitting next to them and published by various media. He posted on Facebook the photo commenting that “…it was fascinating to watch the flurry of activity at dinner when the news came that North Korea had launched a missile in the direction of Japan.”

The President uses unguarded methods of communication with the world. Five years ago Twitter account of not-yet-a-President-Trump was accessed by a violator who used it for posting Lil Wayne’s lyrics. In November, 2017, a Twitter manager deleted his account. The micro blog was activated back in 11 minutes. Anyway both incidents made everyone question the appropriateness of using Twitter by the President as well as any other social media which is protected with two-factor authentication.

All the info shared by Trump gets exposed. In June, 2017, James Comey, former FBI director, gave the notes made during a conversation with Trump to a journalist. He explained that he deliberately transferred the information so that an independent investigator would be hired to inquire into the Trump-Russian relationship (and he was hired). Comey made it clear that in a monitored leak there was nothing confidential, and that he just did what any USA citizen should do – served his country.

Trump reveals info before it’s released officially. In June, 2018, Business Insider reported that the U.S. President violated the federal rule. He had commented on the labor market situation before the opinion was released whereas it is permitted to do it only one hour after it goes public officially. In March, 2017, a similar incident happened when a former press secretary Sean Spicer commented on the report only 27 minutes after it had been published.

Trump has gathered many accusations – a year ago CIA had to deny that the investigation, fearing leaks, concealed part of secret information.

Trump himself regularly accuses his Cabinet and opponents in leakages. Although society isn’t aware of what is a leak and what is not.

“The fact that the President conducts negotiations in public and uses unprotected social media for posting official statements poses lots of questions. Anyway whatever media is used to consider a leak is not a leak. Some of the abovementioned incidents concern state security, Trump is a Commander-in-Chief, and he decides which information can be published. Some leaks are more of a moral issue, not a security one,” says Alexei Parfentiev, Senior Business Analyst at SearchInform.

“The incident during which Trump began to prosper – that’s an information security matter. The exposed email correspondence of his opponent – Hillary Clinton – is a classic insider leak, not a hacker’s one. Such incidents are a threat to the state security and, as we see, to the Secretary of State.”