Spying on a Head of a Governmental Agency
The Washington Examiner reported in a 15 February 2017 article on an overlooked facet of the story about former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
“Amid concerns about the behavior of former national security adviser Mike Flynn, and President Trump’s continued coziness with Russia, is another troubling question: Who leaked to the press Flynn’s conversations with a Russian ambassador?
Bloomberg’s Eli Lake explains, ‘Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets.’
He continues, ‘This is for good reason. 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.’
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer echoed those concerns during his daily briefing Tuesday afternoon, remarking, ‘We have to wonder that people who work for our government, who are entrusted with classified information, decisional-based materials are leaking that information out. That, I do believe is a big story.’
In an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation conducted hours before his resignation, Flynn himself argued, ‘You call them leaks. It’s a criminal act. This is a crime. It’s not just a wink and a nod.’ “
(Read more at the Washington Examiner)
It seems amazing that our “unbiased” press first focused on an assumed infraction of the law by Mr. Flynn while totally ignoring the fact that the Obama administration (this happened in December 2016) again spied on an American. Not only is this illegal, but also actions taken against an incoming administration are highly questionable and should be investigated.
Flynn did not commit a crime according to “a current U.S. intelligence official”
As reported by National Public Radio, there is no evidence that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn committed any crime by talking to a Russian ambassador.
“A current U.S. intelligence official tells NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the transcripts of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, although the official noted that doesn’t rule out the possibility of illegal actions.
The official also says that there are recordings as well as transcripts of the calls, and that the transcripts don’t suggest Flynn was acting under orders in his conversations.
Flynn resigned late Monday, after allegations that he discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with Kislyak and then misled Vice President Pence about the nature of those conversations. Flynn initially denied discussing sanctions at all, but in his resignation Flynn said he ‘inadvertently’ gave Pence ‘incomplete information’ about the conversations.
NPR’s Phil Ewing previously reported that it is not in dispute that Flynn spoke with Kislyak in late December. “The issue is what he said,” Phil wrote.
Depending on the content of the conversations, Flynn could have violated a law called the Logan Act, which bars a private individual from conducting foreign policy without the permission of the U.S. government. For instance, if Flynn told the ambassador the Trump administration would drop the sanctions, that would have been illegal.
The intelligence official who has personally seen the transcripts told Mary Louise they contained ‘no evidence’ of criminal wrongdoing, although the official said it can’t be definitively ruled out.”
(Read more at National Public Radio)
Luckily, a source trusted by the liberal left has pointed out the obvious. Still, that may not stop some from rioting and demanding prosecution.
Rep. Chaffetz: Leaking classified information to news outlets is a crime
As mentioned in the comments below the first quoted article, there were crimes committed against Mr. Flynn that the press seems to want to ignore. Luckily, The Hill both recognized and reported the calls for investigation of one of the crimes.
“House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Wednesday asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the intelligence leaks that led to the ousting of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
‘Over the last several days, there have been a series of news articles recounting potentially classified national security information,’ Chaffetz wrote in a letter, also signed by the chair of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).
‘No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you cannot have classified information migrating out into a non-classified setting,’ Chaffetz said during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.
(Read more at The Hill)
It will be interesting to see how far up the chain this goes. However, considering that Robert Creamer (the subject of a number of Project Veritas undercover videos that exposed Democrat voter fraud) went to the Obama White House over 340 times, it will likely never grace the pages of the New York Times.