Rachel Maddow has wondered out loud whether President-elect Trump might be under the influence of Russia.

On her MSNBC show this evening, Maddow suggested that Trump might betray the most sensitive intelligence to the Russians—including the identity of US spies. She questioned whether US intelligence agencies should provide Trump with such information.

RACHEL MADDOW: And now, because he’s President-elect, the US intelligence community has to decide what they’re going to tell him. What would you do? What would you tell him? For example, would you tell him about any spies that we’ve got working for us inside the Russian government? Or inside the Russian military?

American pilots are making bombing runs in Syria these days, we are actively, militarily engaged in a part of the Syrian civil war. Russia, depending on how you define it, is sort of on the other side of that conflict. They’ve got their one creaky old aircraft carrier over there in the Syrian theater and everything.

Let’s say hypothetically that we’ve got incredible intel on how we’re going to outflank Russia in that military fight. Or we’ve got some incredible intel about Russia’s going to do next because we’ve got a spy high up in the Russian government who has secretly fed us that information unbeknownst to the Russian government. Let’s say that information is really important for American national security, for military strategy, for lots of other things we’re doing in the region that all hinge on this one secret that we stole from the Russian government and they don’t know that we’ve got it? Would you tell President-elect Donald Trump that information?

Would you tell him the name of the spy that we’ve got in Putin’s inner circle, hypothetically? Do you tell him, hypothetically, what the cyber command is about to do to nuke Putin’s personal secret bank accounts in retaliation for him hacking into our election? Do you tell him? If you’re the US intelligence community, can you trust the President-elect with that information?


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