Yes, Gen. Michael Flynn deserved to be fired! Not because of his discussions with the Russian Ambassador, but because he gave misinformation to his bosses who depend on him to make decisions about the safety of the United States. But the bigger issue in my humble opinion is who is committing treason by leaking American secrets to the press.
The General Flynn leak was just one of a series of foreign policy leaks made to stop President Trump’s nascent administration from succeeding. A conversation between the President and the Prime Minister of Australia was leaked as was a conversation between Trump and the President of Mexico. A conversation with Netanyahu about settlements was leaked to the Jerusalem Post forcing the Administration to release a statement about the official US position on those Israeli communities. And now there is the transcript of Flynn’s discussion with the Russian ambassador, which is the most serious of the leaks.
As a regular practice, U.S. Intelligence monitors conversations between private citizens and officials from foreign governments. But the actual name of the U.S. citizens are kept secret unless there is a court order and approval from the President, or the most senior members of the national security council. We are talking about the top person, or top two people at the CIA, the national security adviser or his deputy, etc.
As the Flynn conversation with the Russian diplomat occurred in December, it means the approval process took place under the Obama administration as the initial reports about what was discussed. It also means that the only people who could have possibly known about the call’s content was Pres. Obama, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, CIA Director Brennan, DHS Director Jeh Johnson, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and some are suggesting Rice’s #2 Ben Rhodes. Rhodes is an expert at using leaks to get what he wants, he once told the NY Times that he’s the “ventriloquist” to the mainstream media’s dummies.
Either one of the people above leaked the information to the press, or one of them told someone they weren’t supposed to tell and they leaked the information.
As my colleague Joe Newby reported at his site Conservative Firing Line
While speaking with Fox Business, former CIA analyst and retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer warned that Democrats should be careful of what they wish for and said he believes the leaked calls by Gen. Michael Flynn will lead right back to officials in the former Obama regime.
“I would put this right at the feet of John Brennan and Jim Clapper and I would even go so far as to say the Obama White House was directly involved before they left. Ben Rhodes and those folks…”
He went on to say that Democrats are behind the leaks as well as some Republicans. “Bring it on,” he added.
Then there is the Wall Street Journal which wondered if spies listening to Flynn broke the law…