The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is assessing the potential damage to people and technology that resulted from storing hundreds of top-secret documents at Donald Trump’s estate.
- Experts say it’s important to act swiftly to identify whether secret sources were compromised.
- Because human sources report on foreign adversaries, experts say their lives could be at risk.
- Experts say if sources or technology were revealed, information about adversaries could dry up.
WASHINGTON – As U.S. intelligence agencies gauge the potential damage from Donald Trump storing hundreds of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, hanging in the balance is the threat to foreign sources of information recruited sometimes over a period of years and at great cost.
The documents at Mar-a-Lago were among the country’s most closely held secrets, dealing with human sources of intelligence and information that was supposed to be returned to agencies that provided it. Human sources are typically foreign nationals who risk prison terms and execution for spying on their own governments.