Trump Tweets Classified Image of Iranian Site
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Trump Tweets Classified Image of Iranian Site

>>Donald Trump shared classified information
via Twitter. Which is interesting because he has been going
after James Comey hard, for sharing classified information in the form of a memo to one of
his confidants. Now in the latest case, Trump was talking
about a mishap in Iran and Iranian Safir SLV set to launch a satellite into orbit. But it exploded on the ground at the Semnan
Site One facility in northern Iran prior to liftoff. So there was nothing shady going on with Iran,
they were just trying to launch this satellite. But there was some sort of technological issue,
and as a result, there was an explosion. And so Donald Trump tweets about it using
an image that he received from an intelligence briefing. So let’s go to graphic three, here it is. The United States of America was not involved
in the catastrophic accident during launch preparations for the Safir SLV launch in Semnan
Launch Site One in Iran. I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining
what happened at Site One. Now what’s interesting about this tweet is
not only the image, which we’ll get to in just a second. But Trump’s tweet was puzzling because Iran
had, one day earlier, confirmed a rocket explosion at the site, which it said was due to some
technical issues. So why would Trump put himself into this conversation
and try to clear up the United States and their involvement or non-involvement, when
Iran already put out a statement saying, this is what happened, it was a tech issue and
that’s it.>>So there’s two possible explanations, one
which is definite and one which is speculative. So one is, he’s a child, that’s definite. So he’s like, your rocket blew up. Well, they already said their rocket blew
up. Yeah, we have the pictures of your rocket
blowing up. Goddammit, we have a child for a president.>>We do.>>Okay, and the second possible reason which
is more speculative is that it wasn’t a technical difficulty, it was either us or Israel. And so that’s Trump then being a double child
and rubbing it in like, you’re having technical difficulties with your satellite, right? And I mean, who does diplomacy like this,
a total, utter buffoon. And so by the way, James Comey, the Inspector
General, chastised him and clarified what he released was not classified. Hilary Clinton, lock her up, lock her up,
because of emails that might have had classified information. Well, this is definitely classified.>>This is 100% classified, and I just wanna
note that the Inspector General’s investigation into what Comey did indicated that the memo
had confidential information in it, but it was not deemed classified. Right, so there’s a difference in terms of
the classifications there. But I wanna go back to the image that Donald
Trump shared in that tweet. Because that image is most definitely from
an intelligence briefing that he had right before he put this tweet out. Now, I do wanna go to a tweet kind of comparing
what commercial satellites can show us in terms of imagery, and how it differs from
what Trump gets in intelligence briefings. Right, so right there on the right-hand side
is what commercial satellites will show you. And then on the left-hand side, you have what
our intelligence has access to. Now the reason why it’s problematic to share
something like this is because it allows other countries, in this case, Iran, to know what
type of spying methods our intelligence community has. Right, so intelligence experts have been kinda
weighing in on this, and that’s what they’ve been saying. But Donald Trump is defending his decision
to put this image out there, take a look.>>I just wish Iran well, they had a big problem,
and we had a photo and I released it, which I have the absolute right to do. And we’ll see what happens, you have to figure
that one out yourself. But we’ll see what happens, they had a big
mishap, it’s unfortunate. And so Iran, as you probably know, they wanted
to set off a big missile, and it didn’t work out too well, had nothing to do with us.>>Okay, so in a best case scenario, he just
told all of our enemies how detailed we can see what they’re doing on the ground. By the way, Iran has a lot of bunkers, why
do they have bunkers? Cuz they’re worried about what we can see
if they’re working on something above ground. And we just showed them, and the whole world,
the level of detail that we can have. Now, that’s the less problematic scenario. The more problematic scenario is, somehow
it has to do with a source on the ground that might have helped facilitate a clearer picture. Okay, I don’t know the technical details of
how that would work, but I read in articles that people are concerned about that. And if it turns out there is someone on the
ground who’s helping us, Trump probably just got him killed.>>Yeah, and also, let me just remind you
that one of the issues that has increased tensions between the United States and Iran
is our behavior in their airspace. Remember, they shot down a US drone, the United
States claims that that drone was flying in international airspace. I don’t believe the US, I’m just keeping it
real. Iran shot down that drone, and that almost
led to a full-blown war. Remember, Trump had ordered an airstrike,
and then in the last second, he called that airstrike off. I bring that up because, in the context of
this latest story, he’s really stoking the tensions that Iran and the United States are
already dealing with. It’s a disaster, he’s a child, I don’t know
what his motivation was here. But oftentimes when a president decides to
declassify information and share it with the public, you know what he does? He talks to members of the intelligence community
to figure out what the proper protocol is. So he’s not sharing government secrets or
secrets from our intelligence community with the public, because that could lose lives.>>So people sometimes are incorrectly saying
in articles that the president did nothing wrong. That’s not true, what is true is, he didn’t
do anything illegal. We care about facts here, and the fact is,
the president can declassify anything he wants, so I’m kidding about locking him up. Although those were the absurd chants when
the Republicans claimed that they cared so much about classified material potentially
getting out that people should be in prison for it, right? Now the president can’t go to prison for that
cuz he can automatically declassify things. But you should be equally concerned when the
president does it. And is it something that is wrong, well, we
just explained to you several different reasons why it is deeply problematic. Now that leads me to the ICE raid in Mississippi,
why? You know that when ICE did that raid, they
refused to tell anyone, including Child Protective Services, even though they knew there’d be
children left behind after they grabbed their parents from the factory. Because they mainly didn’t want Trump to find
out, cuz they thought the child would tweet about it. Now ICE is, nobody’s liberal, right, I think
that raid was abominable. I think that they’ve done some terrible things
over there. So this isn’t about politics or policy, this
is just, everyone in the government knows the president is an idiot and can’t be trusted. So they must have been having an intelligence
briefing, he was like, I like that picture, I’m gonna tweet it. Everybody in the room must have been like,
no, don’t tweet that. Goddammit, he tweeted it, I can’t believe
he tweeted it.>>Yeah, and if you look closely at the image,
it appears, and this is speculation, but other people have noticed this. It appears that he took a photo using his
phone from the intelligence briefing.>>God, what an imbecile. So when they were redoing Air Force One, he’s
like, I wanna get involved, I wanna get involved. You know what they had him do? They had him pick out the colors of the next
plane. And then he bragged about it, he doesn’t realize. They’re like, good boy, you pick the colors,
Donny, you pick the colors. He’s like, okay, I pick the colors, I pick
the colors. And then he came out on TV to say, I was very
much involved in Air Force One. I picked the colors, they only had blue and
white, I thought of red, now it’s red, white, blue.>>Look, to be fair, I am a lover of interior
design, so I get it. But you gotta get your work done, all right,
before you get into picking the colors. Does he even know the color theory, does he?>>No one knew color theory until Anna just
mentioned it.


  • Tim R

    Where is the stories about the Iranian protests against the Iotolla, women tearing off their oppressive hijab, wanting equal rights? Nowhere.

  • Tyler Reid

    Cenk you got to tone down you're over dramatic impersonation of trump (voice) You are losing me. I come here for, message, insight and content, not theatrics😐

  • Scarf Ace

    I think it's hilarious to see a lot of replies are to comments that have been deleted, because the right-wing cowards go back and delete their messages when they're schooled. 😂

  • Dennis

    Calling Trump a child is an insult to children everywhere. Trump is a grown man who is an idiot, a buffoon, a moron, and mentally deficient.

  • Jonelle85

    4:03 Trump: “You’ll have to figure that one out yourself.”

    Yes, like we have to do with everything else that comes out of your mouth.

  • Aristotelezz

    Some befriended countries, for example Israel, don't share information with the USA as they used to. Because of Trump. I can imaging that likewise the USA secret services don't fully inform Trump because no secret is safe with him.

  • WarriorPaxo

    something i havent seen discussed anywhere is the possibility that the briefing told trump that we did indeed interfere and the explosion was a result so trump being the idiot he is releases this tweet "we totally didnt have anything to do with this" when no one said we did…

  • MeaProcerDiligo

    Wow I still can't believe how out of touch with reality are these progressives. The most simple explanation is that Trump is just saying "We are looking at you 24/7". It nothing to do with childish or idiocy as most likely these people want to believe.

  • Christina Sanford

    That's why he made space force a priority. They told him a smidge about aliens, but had the smarts to not tell dumb nuts everything. He would nuke the sky, and not think twice about it.

  • JayJa Dee

    Third possibility, he's being diplomatic letting them know he wishes the best for them and hopes they find out the cause of the technical difficulties. I mean, it's almost like it's been spelled out somewhere for everyone to see all on their own….. maybe somewhere like Twitter?
    Fourth possibility, due to the fact that he's the president and probably knows a whole hell of a lot more than any of you do about Foreign Affairs and their difficulties, thanks to all of the Departments keeping him informed, maybe he knows something normal Americans don't and is finding a public yet veiled way to assert America's innocence in whatever matter is going on. Though I'm fairly certain that scenario number 3 is the winner.
    As for being classified, he's president, don't you think he would have cleared the use of that picture before posting it? I just found this Channel today, and I thought it was satire, but after watching three of these ridiculous videos and Googling The Young Turks, I'll make a point to not hit number 4. I mean, Trump is an asshole sure, but this kind of ignorance beats his brand of asshole by miles.

  • Ova Wolf

    If we or Israel sabotaged a rocket in Iran then Trump hinting at our involved is a violation of the United States of America national security.

    If we are not involved then Trump need to shut the duck up because being because it creates a target on us.

  • NerdOnTheInterNet

    It is MUCH MUCH weirder that this tweet doesn't have a bunch of typos and contains names of places in foreign countries. Makes me think the idiot didn't write it.

  • Will Storm

    Oh and by the way ladies and gentlemen, I WAS RIGHT! Less than an hour or a little more, after the picture was tweeted, HACKERS from AROUND THE WORLD have successfully began to TRACK and are attempting hack the satellite that the photo was taken from!

  • Snarky Slanders

    He stumbles daily from bungle to bungle with no break from his buffoonery and incompetence like an infant who spends his every waking hour destroying everything in his nursery, writing with crayons on the walls and pooping in his diaper – This has gone far enough folks.

  • Donald Savage

    I still can't wrap my brain around the words 'trump' and "intelligence" in the same sentence. Cenk is correct we could've had people on the ground, who sabotaged the launch. Or gave the satellite, or aircraft the pinpoint coordinates.

  • Josh Edmonds

    The left: Dont trust Trump
    Trump: I pulled out of talks with North Korea bc despite what you were told by your government, North Korea did not destory all it's nuclear test sites
    The left: Trump's racist!

  • Josh Edmonds

    Btw…if it was really " Classified" Trump would no longer be president right now. Dont be fooled by the words classified..Its a myth…just like OPSEC

  • irish bojorquez

    please! can you specify that he acts like a stupid, senseless or spoiled child? I feel sorry for sooooo many bright kids he´s been compared to!

  • Darlene McHugh

    A child knows more than Donald Trump! I’m still in shock over Trump ,being elected for the …president of the United States of America! What were people thinking? I can’t believe Trump doesn’t know what he just did to our security!!!

  • mark nelson

    Just more TYT. BS.
    Iranians know we are watching them now because of the presidents tweet. But wait the Iranians are building things in bunkers because they know we are watching them. Even TYT doesn't believe their own BS
    The photo of a photo lets the Iranians know what we can see. Total BS But wait many private satellite companies had already published the views of the site (each with different scales/levels of resolution)
    The president had released classified photos and information but wait he has the right to do that TYT says just BS on top of more BS

  • Sonny Tuft

    It’s ridiculous to hear you guys complain about the sharing of classified documents.
    Iran’s leadership leads chants of “Death to America”(that’s why you love them).

  • sidearm45

    Since you two leftards seem unable to grasp this incredibly simple concept. Trump is the president. He can declassify anything he wants. No one else in the country has that authority. So if he unclassified an image before tweeting it, that is within his authority. Can't you come up with something that he did that was actually wrong? You guys are like a couple of kids being told you're not getting your way. I was hoping for intelligent commentary and insight.

  • americanwillow

    Wow. What a cuckfuck. Imagine the double standards that would spew from Republicucks if Iran made a similar comment about an American "accident." Republicucks would call for a massive investigation and attacking Iran militarily.

  • Toadsoup

    If your not an American and don't live here–>shut your pie hole! If you think I'm going to stand in your socialist breadline after busting my ass my whole life, your wrong. If I'm so stupid, and your a college graduate, why are you not making bank? because activism don't pay the bills. All of you really smart people need to stop whining about having to pay YOUR bills.

  • Patriot 1776

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

  • Mirquella Santos

    So the orange brute doesn't know that he is helping Iran by giving classified information- I told you that Trump is an imbecile.

  • Thomas Engelke

    There are written protocols on how to de-classify material. The potus has the authority to de-classify material. But NOT authorized to break the law that those policies are based on. This potus broke the technical law if the de-classification policies were not followed. But to prosecute this potus the source of that image as well as how it was shared would have to be disclosed. Once again, Congress is too scared of protecting the United States of America from ALL ENEMIES.

  • Butt Hurtz

    One more time our idiot president just identified one of our satellites. It is now trackable. Everyone now knows this satellite. IDIOT!!!

  • Pissed Off Taxpayer

    President Child Rapist Retard Trump and all of his supporters have the mentality and intelligence of a 4 yr old. You can tell by their crybaby comments.


    We do have a rediculously, incompetent, embarrassing, bratty child for a president and I will be so glad when he's outta there! God I can't wait!


    And absolutely no one reprimanded trump for that did they! He can get us all annihilated! Hell! I don't want to die because of his stupidity! And you're so right… Nah nah nah nah…ugh, I had the right to tweet it! That's all he wants to try and throw his presidential authority around, not paying attention to or caring about the detrimental harm it could cause us! Dumbass!

  • beavis6363

    Picture WWII. [trump voice:] "We are preventing hundreds of sunken liberty ships …heading to our brave allies… now that we can decode the German enigma machine".

  • Roger Harvey

    A significant detail, it seems everyone is completely disregarding concerning this story, is the simple fact that Iranian technology has progressed to the point that the regime is attempting to reach earth orbit. No one covering this story acknowledges that every failure of this nature provides a multitude of valuable data. Don’t think for a second that Iran won’t attempt another space launch, and given enough attempts they will eventually succeed. It was just a decade, or so, ago that the mainstream media seemed to ridicule North Korea’s failed attempts to achieve intercontinental missilery. Now that nation hosts a nuclear arsenal, and the ability to deploy it. I’m just very tired of dialogues, media, or political propaganda, that tout these failures as proof of incompetence. If ya really want a laugh, watch our early rocket technology tests, those are a hoot!

  • Pat Smith

    The image / tweet is not classified. It was declassified the moment Trump made it public. He's the President, he decides what's classified and what isn't.

  • Curtis Smale

    Maybe the point is to be intimidating. He may be posting that image to screw with their minds and demonstrate the level of US surveillance on them.

  • oolong2

    What a total idiot… if Iran thought it was "technical difficulties" before they are certainly suspecting something now…. At the very least they are suspecting that the US is up to something.

  • mkstar12

    In any Intelligent Briefing I've been to when I was in the service, no cameras, phones, or anything that could communicate outside the room was allowed. Sharing anything from that brief that the Intelligence Officer did not clear could not be shared unless routed through them first.

    Granted the President can declassify things on a whim, but, there is a process even he has to go through to ensure the information isn't putting troops and lives in danger. Sure the picture he shared may seem trivial and harmless, but any foreign intelligent operative can acquire data and intel on seeming-less "trivial" pictures. This is why any such information is routed through the Intelligence community first before "declassification".

    Remember that Loose Lips (or in this case photos) can Sink Ships.

    I only hope his blathering about this incident (especially on how the US was "not involved") and photo doesn't make Iran take a second look at the incident and suspect sabotage.

  • mark haas

    Hey Einstein, The President can declassify anything for any reason at any time. It's not like he SOLD military secrets to a foreign nation like Hillary did. By the way, do you notice how the explosion and surrounding structures are eerily reminiscent of the letter Q? Coincidence…? I THINK NOT.

  • MrWebster

    TYT is so intellectual shallow, uninformed, and dishonest. As for that commerical satillete pictures, have you ever seen the pictures google maps provides when somebody searches for an address when one goes to "earth mode"? I did and I could see my neighhor's chimmey. It is obvious some research intern got some bullshit picture. Commerical satellite imagery is very clear and precise, if one if is willing to pay the price. This argument TYT puts forward over national security is no different than Cheney might argue for.

  • Scott D Aftem

    According to NPR, USA 224 is one of America's Multibillion-dollar KH-11 Reconnaissance Satellites. It's basically a giant Telescope aimed at the Earth. Now Our enemies can Reverse-Engineer it!!

  • Mark

    Trump did consult with the intelligence community before he tweeted that picture… He found every person with the same intelligence as him and then agreed with himself that he should tweet that picture.

  • Les Brown

    What about Reality Leigh Winner spending five years in prison for divulging classified information regarding Russian hacking of US election software?i

  • Norm Haletty

    Hopefully, the anti-human rights Theocratic sharia law religious police state dictatorship of Iran run by the retarded Ayatollah and his cronies can soon be dismantled from the inside by the Iranian people freeing themselves from oppression, suppression, and repressive social, racial, religious, patriarchal, and political tyranny, and not by outside military force.

  • Michael Cody

    The comercial satellite thing anna brought up is BS i can zoom in on my house from satellite pics and see my house closer up than a whole damn rocket lauch pad

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