Does it seem awfully convenient to anyone else that Michael Flynn, a man appointed by Obama to be the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 before subsequently being forced into early retirement just 2 years later for being critical of that same administration's handling of the Iran deal, and terrorism threats generally for that matter, has fallen victim to a series of intelligence leaks from a variety agencies undoubtedly staffed with Obama loyalists just 24 days into his tenure as Trump's National Security Advisor? If so, you're certainly not alone in questioning the circumstances leading up to Flynn's forced resignation last night.
In fact, earlier today WikiLeaks tweeted that Flynn was forced to resign as the result of a "destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, and the press."
Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns after destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, press https://t.co/vKlX1Tqek1
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 14, 2017
Meanwhile, the Washington Free Beacon (WFB), courtesy of anonymous, inside sources, has provided some context for what they describe as the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump's national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran via a behind-the-scenes effort to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.
The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes, included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn's credibility in order to handicap the Trump administration's efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.
According to the WFB's sources, tensions between the Obama administration and Flynn escalated after he was forced into early retirement from his post as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in April 2014. Suddenly freed of his obligation to tow the party line, Flynn became publicly critical of the administration's handling of the Iran deal as well as its efforts to coverup classified documents recovered from the Osama bin Laden raid that allegedly proved Iran's close relationship with al Qaeda.
Eli Lake, a Bloomberg View columnist and veteran national security reporter well sourced in the White House, told the Free Beacon that Flynn earned a reputation in the Obama administration as one of its top detractors.
"Michael Flynn was one of the Obama administration's fiercest critics after he was forced out of the Defense Intelligence Agency," said Lake, who described "the political assassination of Michael Flynn" in his column published early Tuesday.
"[Flynn] was a withering critic of Obama's biggest foreign policy initiative, the Iran deal," Lake said. "He also publicly accused the administration of keeping classified documents found in the Osama bin Laden raid that showed Iran's close relationship with al Qaeda. He was a thorn in their side."
But when Flynn was chosen by Trump as National Security Advisor, Obama loyalists knew that their "sacred deal" was at risk of being exposed and took steps to preemptively discredit him at all costs.
"It's undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him," said one veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. "This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters."
"It's actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today," said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. "They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced."
Flynn had been preparing to publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, these sources said.
As sources told the WFB, Flynn's ouster was "not the result of a series of random events" but rather a coordinated effort of "nameless, faceless bureaucrats" who were able to take out a National Security Advisor "based on a campaign of innuendo" and completely devoid of any tangible evidence.
Additional input from Tony Shaffer: "Bring it on!"
i agree; the concerted effort by obama holdovers and o/agency leftovers and Dems and prob GOP Trump haters are all in
on this. They are attempting to subvert the govt b/c they LOST and cannot accept it. Schumer and the others i pray will
come to regret this in 2018 when i hope they are ALL GONE. The SWAMP however is fighting back and Pres Trump is
now mired in a fight to preserve America and i hope he wins. His ideas are right and he must press on. the left is NOT
going to stop now
Obama's private Army;
Remember when Barack Hussein Obama said "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set," "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
And now, After the election of President Donald J. Trump, the left wing Obama supporters are calling US (The Trump supporters), the “Brown Shirts” “Neo-Nazi” terrorists. The way the left-wing Socialists have been attacking every one of the Trump cabinet nominees and fighting every single Trump Executive order, including the left-wing judges on the 9th Circuit Court and the Trump ban on Illegal immigration and invasion from Islamic nations, I guess we are now finding out just who Obama and the left perceive to be the enemies of this Country. It's not the illegal potential terrorists from the seven countries Trump banned, it's us, the American citizens they hate so much. What type of “Civilian Army” did you expect a Chicago Community Organizer to build? It's not a NAZI Brown shirt Army, but instead a political activist militant anarchist army fashioned in the same manor as those created by Mao and Stalin. The Black booted Jack-boot army of the Communists party.
Oh yes, they will work to destroy any and all Trump cabinet nominees and appointments, they will work to destroy any legislation put forth that might actually do some good for our national security or for the American economy. But when those efforts begin to fail, or when the new Attorney General starts shutting down those rogue courts like the 9th Circus court, then those Black-jack-booted militants and anarchists will attack us, any American citizen who dares to oppose their “Fundamental Transformation of America”. Obama's “Private Civilian Army” has been reveled, we now know they have not gone away merely because American's refused to elect his hand chosen puppet Hillary Clinton to continue his agenda and the destruction of America. The people you are seeing attack every move made by anyone in the Trump administration (or even by his own family members) these are Obama's private army. And make no mistake about it, they are every bit as deadly, vicious, and ruthless as the Black-jack-booted thugs used by Mao, Stalin, or Hitler. And YOU are their biggest enemy.
Obama should have been arrested for Treason against the Constitution of America. Only those weasels of the Congress has let Obama slither out and by. If someone would arrest George Soros for sedition (or really) treason against the real government of the US, we would have a lot less of this organized anarchy on the streets.
Vets for Trump posted this on FB:
Another current U.S Intelligence official agreed with the FBI and told NPR ,
“there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the transcripts of of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak,
The official also said there was “absolutely nothing” in the transcripts that suggests Flynn was acting under instructions “or that the trail leads higher.”
“I don’t think [Flynn] knew he was doing anything wrong,” the official said. “Flynn talked about sanctions, but no specific promises were made. Flynn was speaking more in general ‘maybe we’ll take a look at this going forward’ terms.”
Plot Holes - The Michael Flynn Affair
The Michael Flynn Affair is one of those movies where you figure out a jumble of things that don’t make sense as you walk out of the theater.
There has been a deluge of articles about the Michael Flynn affair from an array of political and ideological vantage points, and SLL has reposted some of them. What’s lacking are coherent and cohesive explanations for what would be, if this were a novel or movie, gaping plot holes. The upshot of many commentators is that Trump has underestimated the Deep State, he’s floundering, and so on. This article takes the opposite tack, out of innate contrariness and because President Trump has been so consistently underestimated by both friends and foes.
Why was Michael Flynn cashiered? The administration’s story is that he talked with a Russian diplomat and mentioned lifting sanctions, then lied about his conversations to Vice President Pence. What’s become the conventional subtext is that the intelligence agencies have launched a “soft coup” against Trump, he has been significantly weakened, and the Deep State has scored a major victory.
Plot hole: if Trump had wanted to keep Flynn, he could have kept him and rode out the media firestorm. Blogger The_Real_Fly has suggested there was either a prearranged plan for Flynn to make an early exit, or Trump did an about-face, determined Flynn was not a good fit, and decided to get rid of him. A subplot hole: Flynn, an intelligence veteran, undoubtedly knew his phone was tapped. Either he knowingly said what he said to set a trap, or when the Washington Post story surfaced, Trump saw his chance and got rid of Flynn. He has demonstrated a cold-blooded capacity to quickly cut his losses: “Your fired!” It’s telling that Flynn’s replacement, H.R. McMaster, authored Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. This looks like a classic Trump double down, replacing a maverick the Deep State didn’t like with a bigger one they’ll like even less.
Whatever the real story, Trump has gained valuable leverage on the intelligence agencies. Somebody leaked an intelligence agency transcript of Flynn’s call to the Washington Post, and that’s illegal. Just before he left office, President Obama relaxed limits on the NSA’s dissemination of its in... to other intelligence agencies, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Obama probably thought he’d be turning those agencies into a collective sieve of untraceable leaks that would plague Trump, but this may backfire spectacularly. With the new rules, the illegal leak could conceivably come from any agency that has access to NSA data. The Trump Justice Department now has carte blanche to investigate them all, unless the agency responsible coughs up the leaker to protect itself and the other agencies.
A gaping plot hole: the Deep State’s stratagems scream weakness, not the strength so many are attributing to it. The Deep State likes to stay in the shadows, zealously protecting its power by shielding it from public view. Trump has forced it into the open, and it doesn’t adjust well to the light. It has resorted to tissue-thin stories planted in the captive media that speak of assessments and opinions, but don’t offer source material that’s supposedly the basis of those subjective judgments.
The Flynn disclosure was in the same vein; the original transcript on which the Post’s story was based has not been made public. This tees it up for Trump to lambaste the mainstream media and intelligence agencies, which he has done repeatedly and to great effect. He was in rare form at his recent press conference. You only plant stories in media organs nobody trusts, sourced to anonymous operatives within an intelligence community nobody trusts, obviously breaking the law, and setting yourself up for abuse from the president, because that’s all you’ve got.
The whole Russian story reeks of “Desperation.” It is flimsy and flimsier still is the rationale offered for the Deep State’s dogged loyalty to this concoction. Any rapprochement with Russia supposedly threatens the empire and must be quashed, even if that entails ham-handed efforts to depose an elected president. However, it’s child’s play for Trump to beat a tactical retreat, talk out of the other side of his mouth, and take the wind out of his enemies’ sails.