Four of the five signals intelligence members of the FIVE EYES alliance are increasing their use of special handling caveats to deny intelligence to the United States—the fifth member of the grouping. According to intelligence community insiders, the presence of certain individuals within the Trump administration has resulted in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, known as “Second Parties” to the Five Eyes partnership, embargoing critical intelligence sharing with Washington. These second parties fear their sensitive intelligence could be compromised to a number of hostile and non-trusted intelligence powers with ties into the White House. These include Israel, Russia, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine.
Suspected agents-of-influence for Israel, including Donald Trump’s special adviser Jared Kushner, his son-in-law; special White House international negotiator Jason Greenblatt; and Trump’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, have prompted the “FOUR EYES” to restrict classified intelligence that deals with sensitive sources and methods, particularly in the Middle East, and prevent it from being shared with the U.S. National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency. Trump administration officials who have close business relationships with Russia, China, or Ukraine, including Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, are also seen as potential leakers of foreign government-derived intelligence to hostile espionage services.