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Trump's Retweet Reportedly Contains Classified Info

| by Lauren Briggs
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All he did was hit "retweet," but President Donald Trump's Aug. 8 Twitter post is turning heads for reportedly containing a link to classified information.

Fox News originally tweeted the link to its own article, which states that U.S. satellites found that North Korea loaded anti-ship cruise missiles onto a patrol boat, according to two anonymous sources -- but U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has suggested that the information is classified, reports CNN.

"I can't talk about anything that's classified and if that's in the newspaper that's a shame," Haley told "Fox and Friends" when asked about the article that day, according to HuffPost. "It's incredibly dangerous when things get out into the press like that. You are not only just getting a scoop on something, you are playing with people's lives, and this has got to stop. Whatever the leaks are coming from, if somebody thinks they are getting power or fame from it, all you are doing is putting Americans in danger."

Trump reposted the article earlier that morning without comment.

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According to the Fox News story, North Koreans loaded the two missiles on the country's east coast on Aug. 5, marking the first time since 2014 that anti-ship cruise missiles have been used on such a platform.

"North Korea is not showing any evidence it plans to halt its missile tests," said one official who requested to remain anonymous to discuss the allegedly classified news, according to Fox. "It's a trend that does not bode well for hopes of de-escalating tensions on the [Korean] peninsula." 

Officials said that North Korea's move is either a defensive one to prepare for the event that the U.S. Navy sends more warships their way -- either that or it is in conjunction with a missile test.

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"The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Aug. 7, during a visit to the Philippines.

The president has previously come down hard on the press for leaking sensitive information, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that he might subpoena reporters who write anonymously-sourced articles, according to HuffPost.

"This nation must end this culture of leaks," said Sessions. "We will investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice. We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country."

Sources: CNN, HuffPost, Fox News / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Flickr / Embedded Images: United States Navy via Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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