Last week General Mike Flynn, President Trump’s top NatSec advisor resigned under a cloud of controversy for allegedly lying to VP Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. His crime? He allegedly discussed sanctions during the transitional phase of the Trump administration and his telephone conversation was caught-up in the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program.
However, the real offense in question here may actually be a criminal conspiracy perpetrated by a deep cyber-bureaucratic state that leaked the private conversation of a US citizen and gave it to the press in an effort to destroy a political career.
Bloomberg’s Eli Lake told CNN such a tactic is what police states do. “I guess to use a word that’s sort of gaining a lot of traction today my hope is that that is not normalized in our country because I believe that is a kind of police state tactic where you do not have an opportunity to confront your accusers. And this is a public trust, the ability to eavesdrop, and we need I believe, the government to do this to stop terrorism and criminals and foreign intelligence subversion.”
Late last week the FBI said it wouldn’t pursue charges against General Flynn.
While President Trump accepted General Flynn’s resignation, he did defend his close advisor. “I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. I think it’s really a sad thing he was treated so badly.”
The president lamented the intelligence community for selectively releasing classified information like his phone conversations with world leaders.
“From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, and it’s criminal action. It’s a criminal act, and it’s been going on for a long time before me, but now it’s really going on. People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton.”
“The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!” he tweeted.
Staunch Trump and Flynn supporters suggested that the general was targeted because he planned to trim the fat within the Intel community, reign in the military industrial complex and put more sunshine on the Obama administration’s Iranian deal.
Back at the White House, Sean Spicer, the press secretary said the President accepted Flynn’s resignation because the trust issue had “eroded” with the Vice President over the false accounting of his discussion with, Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador. “There is not a legal issue but rather a trust issue,” Spicer said.
Meanwhile, the Congressional House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes (R-CA) said his committee would be looking into the latest spate of leaks. “There does appear to be a well-orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration. From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.”
The intelligence brouhaha has been percolating for some time now. Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and NSA’s William Binney have repeatedly told private citizens’ the US is building a massive surveillance state for some time and warned that absolute power by a few could come back to haunt the political process with threats of blackmail and corruption. Ordinarily, intercepts of American officials, as well as its citizens are the most tightly kept intelligence secrets. “Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do,” Lake reiterated.
In light of this revelation, the Washington Free Beacon reported: “former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.
The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, 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. “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.”
If those reports were accurate, how easy would it be to find the culprit? ” Former CIA analyst and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer told Fox Business, “I would even go so far as to say the [Obama] White House was directly involved before they left — Ben Rhodes and those folks. I put this right at the feet of John Brennen (CIA Director) and James Clapper (former Director of National Intelligence,” He added, “I would even go so far as to say the [Obama] White House was directly involved before they left — Ben Rhodes and those folks.”
Shaffer confirmed the leaked audio from Flynn’s phone call was “beyond top secret,” and said the leaker could be criminally liable.
The retired agent supported Congressman Nunes request to fully investigate the leaking of classified information. “The fingers they are going to be finding are going to be pointing back at the former White House and some Democrats,” Shafer explained. He also pointed out that some Republicans could be implicated in the latest round of leaks used to undermine the new President.
Asked if he was concerned about the investigation interfering with politics as usual, he said, “Bring it on.”