NBC learns of Trump declassifying US spy satellite on Twitter
NBC: Donald Trump declassified American spy satellite on Twitter in 2019 The former US president published a photo of a missile site in Iran after an unsuccessful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the picture was taken by a secret spy satellite, according to the channel
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Former US President Donald Trump declassified an American spy satellite on Twitter at the end of August 2019, NBC News reports, citing former high-ranking intelligence officials. Bolton, this is about Trump's tweet, in which he posted a photo of an Iranian missile site after an unsuccessful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the picture was taken from space and classified.
According to the interlocutors, the former American leader that day was shown a photograph from one of the American secret spy satellites. It shows the consequences of an Iranian missile explosion. “As soon as we showed him, he said, 'I'm tweeting this,'” said one of the interlocutors.
Gina Haspel, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Joseph Maguire, the former acting director of US national intelligence, tried to dissuade Trump. However, one of the ex-intelligence officers said, in response to persuasion, he said: “Listen, I am the president, I can declassify anything.”
On August 8, FBI agents raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The US National Archives and Records Administration suggested in February that the ex-president took 15 boxes of documents, including classified ones, from the White House. The documents were later returned, but the DOJ initiated a search warrant for the FBI to make sure that Trump had no documents left.
According to the inventory of the seized papers, 11 sets of documents were found in the Trump estate, some of them were labeled “confidential”, “secret”, “top secret”; and “confidential classified information.” The former American leader was suspected of violating the law on espionage, Politico reported.
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Trump insists that he declassified the documents he kept during his tenure as head of state. He called the searches “an un-American, unreasonable and unnecessary raid and infiltration.” The ex-president demanded to return the documents confiscated from him.
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