A document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found by FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and private club last month.
Some of the seized documents detail top-secret U.S. operations so closely guarded that many senior national security officials are kept in the dark about them. Only the president, some members of his Cabinet or a near-Cabinet-level official could authorize other government officials to know details of these special-access programs.
Documents about such highly classified operations require special clearances on a need-to-know basis, not just top-secret clearance. Some special-access programs can have as few as a couple dozen government personnel authorized to know of an operation’s existence. Records that deal with such programs are kept under lock and key, almost always in a secure compartmented information facility, with a designated control officer to keep careful tabs on their location.
This is the sort of document that could fetch a fine price from an interested buyer, you know, depending upon who it is about. And said interested buyer might have set up a money laundering golf tournament to make a payment, so who can say?
This also probably would give some insight into means and methods of how we got said intelligence, and might betray a source deep inside another country’s military; I doubt that this information was willingly shared with US intelligence. We certainly wouldn’t share our nuclear capabilities with others.
And I’ll add one more thought: this makes his claim that he declassified everything by fiat laughable: he declassified another country’s nuclear capabilities? I don’t think so.