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Putin Trolling About Transcripts

Fortune

Vladimir Putin knows where the shoe will pinch most.

The Russian president Wednesday ridiculed the outcry in the U.S. over President Donald Trump’s unauthorized sharing of classified information with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, saying that he’s ready to turn over a transcript of that meeting to the Senate—but only if the U.S. administration agrees.

Responding to allegations that he had passed highly-classified information sourced by an allied power without its permission, Trump said Tuesday that he had had “the absolute right” to share with Russia “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.” The allied power in question is Israel, it emerged later in the day. Critics said the incident could make other countries less likely to share sensitive intelligence with the U.S. in the future. Trump’s liberality with the Israeli intelligence stood in stark contrast to his many tweets about the need to close down leaks against him coming out of the White House and Congress.

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