Members of the U.S. intelligence community have allegedly warned their Israeli counterparts to be wary of sharing information with the incoming President-elect Donald Trump administration, citing concerns that any shared intel could be passed along to the Russian government and to its ally, Iran.
On Jan. 12, it was revealed that U.S. and Israeli intelligence officials had met to discuss Trump. During the meeting, Israeli intelligence officials asserted that their American counterparts warned them to be cautious when sharing sensitive information with the Trump administration, Ynet News reports.
During the meeting, U.S. intelligence officials reportedly told their Israeli colleagues that they had high confidence that the Russian government had interfered in the presidential election by hacking and leaking emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign and Democratic organizations.
The U.S. intelligence officials also reportedly warned that they had reason to believe the Russian government had compromising intelligence on Trump, describing the alleged intel as "leverages of pressure."
The anonymous Israeli intelligence officials who attended the meeting added that their U.S. counterparts advised them to be wary of sharing sensitive information with the Trump administration. It was reportedly confirmed that Russia did not hold compromising intelligence over the president-elect.
The timing of the alleged meeting has not been disclosed, meaning that it is unclear whether or not the U.S. intelligence officials had warned of alleged ties between Trump and Russia before an unverified dossier offering similar accusations was published.
On Jan. 10, CNN broke the news that both President Barack Obama and Trump had been informed that there was an unverified intelligence report alleging that Russia had compromising information that it could use to blackmail the president-elect.
The dossier, which has not been verified and has yet to be corroborated by evidence, was published by BuzzFeed News. The report alleged that Russia had been "cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump" long before he began his presidential campaign.
Trump swiftly took to his Twitter account to deny and condemn the contents of the dossier.
"FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!" Trump tweeted out.
Both the dossier and the alleged meeting between U.S. and Israeli intelligence officials both remain unsubstantiated and would require further information and evidence to verify.
Israeli officials would have great cause for concern if the intelligence they share with the U.S. were to be leaked to the Russian government. Russian President Vladimir Putin's government is allied with Iran, a country that the Israeli government views as an existential threat.