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"These are closely held national secrets," Panda adds. "We don't even share a lot of this kind of imagery with our closest allies." In tweeting it out to the world, Trump is letting Iran know exactly what the U.S. is capable of. He's also letting others know as well, Panda says. "The Russians and the Chinese, you're letting them know that these are the kind of things that the United States has the capability of seeing," he says.
Either way, Panda notes that a small redaction in the upper left-hand corner suggests the intelligence community had cleared the image for release by the president.
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: links234
President Trump has the authority to declassify anything he wants to.
Comey declassified his memos before he leaked them.
The ability to classify and declassify materials is available to several top officials.
originally posted by: strongfp
I mean nice clear photos I guess.
But was this meant as an intimidating tactic or to just give away the whereabouts of a satellite taking photos of other nations?