Among the stories leading our website this morning: Donald Trump defends his "absolute right" to share classified information. Since the shocking news yesterday that the president of the United States leaked classified information to Russia, there are widespread reports that the information he revealed was provided by Israeli intelligence, and apparently shared without their knowledge or consent, possibly allowing a source to be compromised.
Trump's revelations to Russia have stoked the chorus for impeachment, with former intelligence officials warning "people may die" if he "cannot be trusted not to blurt it to whoever it is he wants to impress on any given day".
John Safran: 'In Australia we don't get religion'John Safran has made a career of taking a sharp stick to the slumbering bear of Australian identity politics. So it's not a surprise to learn that he has been reporting his way through the rise of our extremist fringe. His new book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist, is a whirlwind tour through Australia's increasingly visible radical and reactionary demimonde, from early Reclaim Australia rallies in 2015 to the return of Pauline Hanson in 2016. When we spoke with him, Safran said an awkwardness about engaging in religious debates leaves the country open to the rise of extremism. Have an excellent day and if you spot something I've missed, let me know on Twitter at @earleyedition.
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