By Cheryl Chumley
Former members of America’s intelligence came forward and spoke to the Daily Caller about the recent resignation of Michael Flynn, saying the whole matter had all the showings a “hit job” from the left.
In fact, said retired Col. James Williamson, who served 32 years in the Special Forces, during which he worked tightly with the intelligence community, Flynn’s resignation was just the next step in a long-running campaign.
“This was a hit job,” Williamson said, to the Daily Caller. “[The resignation was] stage two of ‘Kill Mike Flynn.’”
Flynn first came under fire from Barack Obama in 2014, when he was fired from his director spot at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
His resurrection in President Donald Trump’s administration didn’t go over well with those in the intelligence agencies who hailed back from Obama’s time.
The Daily Caller reported:
“National Security Advisor Gen. Michael T. Flynn (ret.) — who resigned Monday — was the victim of a “hit job” launched by intelligence operatives, Obama government holdovers and former Obama national security officials, according to former intelligence officials who spoke with The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.
“The talk within the tight-knit community of retired intelligence officers was that Flynn’s sacking was a result of intelligence insiders at the CIA, NSA and National Security Council using a sophisticated ‘disinformation campaign’ to create a crisis atmosphere. The former intel officers say the tactics hurled against Flynn over the last few months were the type of high profile hard-ball accusations previously reserved for top figures in enemy states, not for White House officials. …
“Former intelligence officials who understand spy craft say Flynn’s resignation had everything to do with a ‘disinformation campaign’ and little to do with the December phone conversation he had with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
“They charge officials from America’s top spy counsels leaked classified government intercepts of Flynn and President Trump’s conversations with world leaders and had ‘cutouts’ — friendly civilians not associated with the agency — to distribute them to reporters in a coordinated fashion.
“The issue of leaks was a prime topic for Trump when he tweeted Wednesday, ‘Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia.’
“‘I’ve never seen anything like this before,’ Retired Col. James Waurishuk, who spent three decades in top military intelligence posts and served at the National Security Council, said in an interview with TheDCNF. ‘We’ve never seen to the extent that those in the intelligence community are using intelligence apparatus and tools to be used politically against an administration official,’ he said.
“‘The knives are out,’ said Frederick Rustman, who retired after 24 years from the CIA’s Clandestine Service and was a member of its elite Senior Intelligence Service.
And what’s more, the entire Trump administration is at stake.
From the Daily Caller once again:
“I would not be surprised if Trump did not finish four years because of the vendetta they have out for him,” he said, calling the move on Flynn just a “mini-vendetta.”
“Williamson told TheDCNF in an interview, ‘I truly believe it’s orchestrated and it’s part of an overall strategy. The objective is to piece-by-piece, dismantle the Trump administration, to discredit Trump. This is part of an overarching plan.’
“D.W. Wilber, who has over 30 years of experience in security and counterterrorism with the CIA and the Defense Department agrees.
“‘It appears to me there has been a concerted effort to try to discredit not only General Flynn, but obviously, the entire Trump administration through him. He just happened to be the first scalp,’ Wilber told TheDCNF in an interview.
“Williamson agreed, telling theDCNF, ‘There are individuals who are well versed in information operations — we used to call that propaganda. They know how to do it. It’s deliberately orchestrated.’
“Retired Marine Col. Bill Cowan, who often interacted with the intelligence operatives in combat zones, believes Mike Pompeo, Trump’s new CIA Director, must clean house. Otherwise, the administration will encounter four years of attacks.”