Inside The Secret Campaign To Oust Flynn

Tyler Durden's picture

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."


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. 

One senior White House official told the Free Beacon that leaks targeting the former official were "not the result of a series of random events."


"The drumbeat of leaks of sensitive material related to General Flynn has been building since he was named to his position," said the official, who is a member of the White House's National Security Council. "Last night was not the result of a series of random events. The president has lost a valuable adviser and we need to make sure this sort of thing does not happen again."


Other sources expressed concern that public trust in the intelligence community would be eroded by the actions of employees with anti-Trump agendas.


"The larger issue that should trouble the American people is the far-reaching power of unknown, unelected apparatchiks in the Intelligence Community deciding for themselves both who serves in government and what is an acceptable policy they will allow the elected representatives of the people to pursue," said the national security adviser quoted above.


"Put aside the issue of Flynn himself; that nameless, faceless bureaucrats were able to take out a president's national security adviser based on a campaign of innuendo without evidence should worry every American," the source explained.


"The Obama administration knew that Flynn was going to release the secret documents around the Iran deal, which would blow up their myth that it was a good deal that rolled back Iran," the source said. "So in December the Obama NSC started going to work with their favorite reporters, selectively leaking damaging and incomplete information about Flynn."


"After Trump was inaugurated some of those people stayed in and some began working from the outside, and they cooperated to keep undermining Trump," the source said, detailing a series of leaks from within the White House in the past weeks targeting Flynn. "Last night's resignation was their first major win, but unless the Trump people get serious about cleaning house, it won't be the last."

Of course, while interesting, as always, we suggest a healthy dose of skepticism when contemplating the remarks of anonymous sources and leave it to you to decipher fact from fiction.  So what say you, dear reader, was Flynn's ouster the result of a simple "miscommunication" or a series of secret political maneuvers by Obama loyalists to undermine the Trump intelligence apparatus and protect their vulnerable Iran deal?

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mcl2177's picture

Trump must make an example out of people and quickly

jcaz's picture

No wonder Hillary is being extra-bitchy today- her name is all over this deal.....

Escrava Isaura's picture

It could have been worse if they had blamed Bush.

The broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily.


Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) Escrava Isaura Feb 14, 2017 8:27 PM

I'm sick and tired of those maligning the IRAN DEAL.

Israel didn't want any deal and wanted Obama to BOMB IRAN. He didn't. So all of Israel's apologists are fuming.

In the Middle East Iran is NOT the problem.

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) Mano-A-Mano Feb 14, 2017 8:33 PM

The IRAN DEAL is probably the best thing Obama did. Avoiding WW3.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) techies-r-us Feb 14, 2017 8:46 PM

it was the only good thing he did.

ne-tiger's picture

Iran behind Bin Laden? Only fucking retards will believe this shit.

Notveryamused's picture

Flynn is either too stupid to have such an important role or he is untrustworthy, possibly both.

It should have been obvious Obama & globalist loyalists are out to get him and he should have conducted himself accordingly. Lying about a call regarding Russian sanctions that he should have known was very likely being recorded... Um, not so bright. Heart possibly in the right place but probably good won't be making important decisions.

philipat's picture

Possible but much more likely to be a strike by the Deep State neocons fighting back against their ouster and getting war back on track? It isn't coincidental that Russia was again the pretext for the innuendo.

beemasters's picture

Hillary could care less about the Iran deal. It's a possible pedogate investigation she's most afraid of. She definitely wasn't referring to the Iran deal when she twitted "fake news."

The cozy relationship between billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton, who flew in the pedophile's private jet and once praised his 'insights and generosity,' detailed in new book by James Patterson

Pinto Currency's picture

More damaging than the Iran deal, Flynn publicly disclosed that it was Obama's policy to sustain ISIS and allow the spread of ISIS - this has completely destabilized Europe and ultimately all of the West.

That seems far worse than a poorly constructed deal with Iran that Trump can still disclose and ultimately void.

Tarzan's picture

There's way more going on here then first alleged.


From Bloomberg, not my choice for news, but


There is another component to this story as well -- as Trump himself just tweeted. It's very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens, let alone senior U.S. officials. The last story like this to hit Washington was in 2009 when Jeff Stein, then of CQ, reported on intercepted phone calls between a senior Aipac lobbyist and Jane Harman, who at the time was a Democratic member of Congress. 



Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. 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.  



In the past it was considered scandalous for senior U.S. officials to even request the identities of U.S. officials incidentally monitored by the government (normally they are redacted from intelligence reports). John Bolton's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was derailed in 2006 after the NSA confirmed he had made 10 such requests when he was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control in George W. Bush's first term. The fact that the intercepts of Flynn's conversations with Kislyak appear to have been widely distributed inside the government is a red flag.



Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told me Monday that he saw the leaks about Flynn's conversations with Kislyak as part of a pattern. "There does appear to be a well orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration," he said. "From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern."




And this from Damon Linker, a must read, even though he's a lefty, He makes some spot on points.



President Trump was roundly mocked among liberals for that tweet. But he is, in many ways, correct. These leaks are an enormous problem. And in a less polarized context, they would be recognized immediately for what they clearly are: an effort to manipulate public opinion for the sake of achieving a desired political outcome. It's weaponized spin.............



But no matter what Flynn did, it is simply not the role of the deep state to target a man working in one of the political branches of the government by dishing to reporters about information it has gathered clandestinely. It is the role of elected members of Congress to conduct public investigations of alleged wrongdoing by public officials.......



But the answer isn't to counter it with equally irregular acts of sabotage — or with a disinformation campaign waged by nameless civil servants toiling away in the surveillance state.....

ChanceIs's picture do we (to especially include Chuck Schumer) find ourselves if we apply your standards to Hillary??  Dumber than a fencepost....dumber than a box of rocks.....etc?  And John Podesta.  And Huma.  And his Holiness Barack who sent email to H on her private server.  I could go on.....and on.....and on.

Notveryamused's picture

Well Trump didn't trust email for sensitive communications before he even got into politics. He must now be in a quandry as he has important deals to do but treasonous traitors all around.

hxc's picture

Cuba deal wasnt bad either, but i guess youd have to be an idiot not to go for that one. I mean it's like having an island in your big ass swimming pool that nobody is able to go to. Not that we own cuba but you know what i mean.

ChanceIs's picture

Are you on drugs???  Raoul didn't even come greet Obama at the airport.  He has continued his communistic abuses and decried America.  Even the Chinese and Russians have given up communism  Raul is back in the 50s.  If anything, Obama should have been flying hellfire missiles up Raoul's you-know-what.  One thord of Miami longs to move back to Cuba and set up capitalism.  Obama had a phone and a pen.  Dear Raoul.  I think you should leave.  CIA will give you a new identity and we will have a villa for you in Malibu next to Barbra Streisand.  You will want for nothing.  Now look out in the street.  See that 1965 VW Microbus?  Watch.  What just happened to the Microbus.  That was a hellfire.  I think you should

Hide and Watch's picture

What did we get out of the Iran Deal? 

Jim in MN's picture

No, sorry, there is too much sloppy and narcissistic rationalization behind the Iran deal. 

The pallets of cash, the ransom to hostage holders, whatever other secret corrupt crap we don't know about yet....all of that is bad enough, and renders the deal a complete mess of incompetent 'statecraft'.....

But in the end, Iran is a regional power, along with Turkey and Egypt.  The oil and nukes that the Saudia and Israelis wave around are just props.  They are not regional powers.  They are pretend actors in the long run.

No, my fellow ZHers, it is time for Russia to ponder how Israel can 'fit in' with Iran, Turkey, and Egypt.  The other countries in the area are just buffer zones or pawns.

It is Russia's sphere of influence.  The US has expended trillions of dollars (that we don't have) and killed millions of people in a historic display of arrogance, greed and stupidity.  Nothing on the map has really changed.

The neocon-neoliberal elements need to be weeded out, rendered powerless, jailed, fined, and run out of town. 

It is all a shattered fantasy, an imperial wet dream.

Trust me, I'm a geographer. 

shovelhead's picture

I had no idea Iran was waiting off of Long Island to attack us...

Who knew?

Well, ya know... Besides you.

PGR88's picture

Avoiding war with Iran, only to promote and push WW3 with Russia.

Proofreder's picture

So, you're sick and tired, eh -

Who Gives a Shit -

Go away, don't get another alias,


AtATrESICI's picture

The #Owners do not seem to like #Trump...they are keeping his house in flux with their #FakeNews and other #FakeAccoutrements.

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techies-r-us (not verified) AtATrESICI Feb 14, 2017 8:34 PM


847328_3527's picture

This is a loss for Trump. Flynnn is an excellent choice with vast knowledge and experience yet Trump an dPence caved in to pressure from the media bascially.

When will trump/Pence get their troops together for an offensive against these Dem terrorists who seek to destabilize or overthrow our government?

Is Comey doing ANYTHING these dayz? The Secret Service? DHS?

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wanglee (not verified) 847328_3527 Feb 14, 2017 8:54 PM

Not only democrats rigged Primary to elect Clinton as presidential candidate last year even though she has poor judgement (violating government cyber security policy) and is incompetent (her email server was not secured) when she was the Secretary of State, and was revealed to be corrupt by Bernie Sanders during the Primary, but also democrats encourage illegal immigration, discourage work, and “conned” young voters with free college/food/housing/health care/Obama phone.
However middle class/working class used their common senses voting against her last November. Therefore I am not impressed with the “integrity” and “judgement” of democrats, Anti-Trump protesters, and media who donated/endorsed Clinton during presidential election.

Cashing in: Illegal immigrants get $1,261 more welfare than American families, $5,692 vs. $4,431 (
DEA Report Shows Infiltration of Mexican Drug Cartels in Sanctuary Cities (
Welfare Discourages Work(
Hillary Clinton Says Bernie Sanders's “Free College” Tuition Plan Is All a Lie (
UC Berkeley Chancellor: Hillary Clinton ‘Free’ College Tuition Plan Won’t Happen (
Bill Clinton Impeachment Chief Investigator: I’m ‘Terrified’ of Hillary because we know that there were “People” who “Disappeared” (
Former FBI Asst. Director Accuses Clintons Of Being A "Crime Family" (
FBI boss Comey's 7 most damning lines on Clinton (
Aides claiming she “could not use a computer,” and didn’t know her email password– New FBI docs (
23 Shocking Revelations From The FBI’s Clinton Email Report (
DOJ grants immunity to ex-Clinton staffer who set up email server (
Former House Intelligence Chairman: I’m ‘100 Percent’ Sure Hillary’s Server Was Hacked (
Exclusive — Gen. Mike Flynn: Hillary Clinton’s Email Setup Was ‘Unbelievable Active Criminal Behavior’ (
Clinton directed her maid to print out classified materials (
Obama lied to the American people about his secret communications with Clinton(
Former U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft: FBI didn’t ‘clear’ Clinton (
When the Clintons Loved Russia Enough to Sell Them Our Uranium (
Wikileaks: Clinton Foundation Chatter with State Dept on Uranium Deal with Russia (
Russian officials donated $$$ to Clinton Foundation for Russian military research (
The largest source of Trump campaign funds is small donors giving under $200 (
How mega-donors helped raise $1 billion for Hillary Clinton (
Final newspaper endorsement count: Clinton 57, Trump 2 (
Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash (

hxc's picture

Good job. I've read all of those articles and they are about as legit as they come. More ammo for pissed libertarians and right-wingers as a whole.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) jcaz Feb 14, 2017 8:28 PM

Bla bla bla

False_Profit's picture

Why are Marxist agitators not lined up against the wall being shot yet for treason?!

hxc's picture

Gotta build a really big wall first

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Yeah WTF?

Trump caving in to oust Flynn is just weakness that will embolden these fucks.

The only way this makes sense is that Flynn was offered up to expose the traitors, if so arrests have to be forthcoming.

Donald has to focus on cleaning house, everything else should be noise.


Makes you wonder how Pence is counseling Trump... he seems too gentlemanly and sedate; Donald needs someone to go in and hit the dimms hard.

monkeyshine's picture

Just a thought: It was necessary to accept his resignation to change the focus. Of course there is more to come but now it will be less important news. And Trump if he chooses gets to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the leaks, and holds the advantage since Flynn is already sacrificed. The leakers are left in place to twist and the spin changes to one of rooting out the illegal activity inside various agencies rather than one of Team Trump's dealings with Russia. Today Flynn is cast as the villain, but tomorrow the story will make him the victim.

TeamDepends's picture

Yep, all Obama loyalists need to be shown the door. Because they are obviously insane.

nonclaim's picture

Trump wanted to reduce public (self-)servants by 20% in the first four years. Better get that in 4 months.

BandGap's picture

Agreed. Bet it is in the works.Whatever the outcome it will be a mess.

Mr Pink's picture

This is getting serious guys. The kid fuckers aren't going down without a fight

bankerssuck's picture

How can you fight when your leader puts the fighters under the bus?

junction's picture

There is a new casino manager but the crooked dealers remain, along with the rigged roulette wheels, the goon squads and the whores.  Flynn stepped on some New World Order toes, he knew too much, so now brain damaged Trump followed the lead of his Rothschild-controlled casino executives and forced Flynn out.  The same Flynn who was offered the job of vice-president and turned it down.  Trump is now in the cross hairs of the Rothschilds.

Obadiah's picture

WARP SPEED for the Turn Around Artist or we're fucked.

the One World Political system has recieved a deadly wound... how long before it is healed by the False Christ?




1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast (One World Political system) rise up out of the sea (people of the earth) , having seven heads and ten horns (power), and upon his horns ten crowns (leadership), and upon his heads the name of blasphemy (lies against GOD).


2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard ( never changes his spots), and his feet were as the feet of a bear (Esau's people Communists), and his mouth as the mouth of a lion (Sounds like someone from the tribe of Judua): and the dragon (Satan, Lucifer, Snake, Ababdon, Son of Perdition) gave him (the One world system) his power, and his seat, and great authority.


3 And I saw one of his (One World Political system) heads as it were wounded to death (Brexit,Hillary losing, EU on fire, Deep State in trouble, etc); and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast (One World Political system).


4 And they worshiped the dragon (Satan, Lucifer, Snake, Ababdon, Son of Perdition)which gave power unto the beast (One World Political system): and they worshiped the beast (One World Political system), saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?


Deadly wound applied and the Dealy wound healed  ALL IN THE SAME VERSE.  SHIT


Nobodys Home's picture

I'm pretty much a spiritual wanderer. Even so, I'd stand by you in this one and didn't need the comments in parenthesis to spur me to action. I've been talking and teaching and commenting in person and online for years now. That's all I know. That's all I can do to heal the deadly wound.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

I say Esau needs to claw back his birthright.

Nobodys Home's picture

Say,,,5 beers at the time :)

FinMin's picture

Obama will be the first ex-president executed for treason.

Nobodys Home's picture

Wouldn't that be wonderful :) That man is so anti against anything I've ever believed Manchurian. A communist muslim plotting the destruction of America was our president! How the fuck was a guy without a birth certificate named Barack Hussein Obama ever elected? WTF is wrong with the people in this country?

Yah we vet the Middle eastern refugees. Right. We didn't even vet our past president!

Go Trump!

nmewn's picture

They've been after a scalp ever since they lost the election now they have one, with some "helpful" NSA wire tapping...again.

Nobodys Home's picture

Now they have already refocused on Kelley Ann. The bitch! Joking about Ivanka's product line!...
...although I can see that one was wrong, a little thing in comparison after all the shit Omama and Hilliary got away with...Obama promoted JPM!

Fucking Alinskyites!

whatamaroon's picture

Axlerod said today time to move on. Bannon is next.

GreatUncle's picture

Amazing that the NSA turn on the wire tap once in a blue moon and caught Flynn.

A pity they can't afford to turn on the wire tap more often, they probably need a few $T's more to keep it on longer.

As a thought could Trump demand all the data on an individual such as Podesta? Would they have to give it or do they have other rules just to fucking ignore it. That could be a good test ...