Thursday, December 15, 2016

Michael "Loose Lips" Flynn

The trouble with living in glass houses and all that.

A secret U.S. military investigation in 2010 determined that Michael T. Flynn, the retired Army general tapped to serve as national security adviser in the Trump White House, “inappropriately shared” classified information with foreign military officers in Afghanistan, newly released documents show.


The episode marked the second time in a year that Flynn had drawn official complaints for his handling of classified material.

Former U.S. officials said that Flynn had disclosed sensitive information to Pakistan in late 2009 or early 2010 about secret U.S. intelligence capabilities being used to monitor the Haqqani network, an insurgent group accused of repeated attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. 

But it's OK if you're not Hillary Clinton. Maybe it's a magnitude thing.

Also, Robert Bateman at Esquire:

The depth of hubris this demonstrates from the man likely to be the next National Security Advisor is stunning. Intelligence officers and planning officers (as I once was) are unusually careful about what they say in a room filled with officers from other countries. Even if those countries are part of the ABCA relationship, one does not just toss out classified information—particularly that marked Top Secret or beyond.

Trump's people are going to make Dubya's administration look genius.

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