Intelligence shared by Trump with Russia was result of Israel “cyberoperators” who hacked ISIS computers revealing laptop bombs on airline plot; Israel’s intelligence was “exquisite”
The New York Times released a report Monday morning providing details of intelligence Israel shared with the United States in May.
The sources of the intelligence, a former and current US official, provided additional details to what was reported in May of Islamic extremists developing bombs that could be hidden in laptop computers. The intelligence led to bans numerous airlines on laptop computers on flights.
According the report release Monday, Israel was able to hack into ISIS computers in Syria last month, leading to intelligence of the terrorists creating explosives that could pass as batteries in laptops. The Times reported “Top Israeli cyberoperators penetrated a small cell of extremist bombmakers in Syria months ago, the officials said. That was how the United States learned that the terrorist group was working to make explosives that fooled airport X-ray machines and other screening by looking exactly like batteries for laptop computers.”
The reports from May of the intelligence made headlines when the information was shared by President Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The Times went on to refer to Israel’s intelligence as “exquisite” as it “it enabled the United States to understand how the weapons could be detonated.”