President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn lost his job because someone leaked records from his phone being monitored, recording him telling the Russian ambassador that sanctions against his country would be eased. Such phone intercepts are the work of U.S. intelligence agencies or possibly the FBI. They are top secret. It’s a crime to release bugging transcripts. Nevertheless, someone in the intelligence bureaucracy gave them to a reporter. Something similar evidently happened with the President of the United States, no less, with the leak of phone conversations between Donald Trump and world leaders, such as the embarrassing account of his spat with the Prime Minister of Australia.
Evidently, our national intelligence agency–or at least some individuals that work for it–are working to undermine our elected president and his administration.
Whatever you think of Donald Trump, this is dangerous. At least two reports have come out on the subject, excerpted and linked after the jump. Eli Lake calls what happened to Michael Flynn a “political assassination.” He says that while the FBI might have been tapping his phone as part of the larger investigation of the Russian connection with Trump’s administration, Flynn was planning to reform the intelligence bureaucracy, which would be a motive for trying to get rid of him. Damon Linker, who opposes both Trump and Flynn, nevertheless is highly concerned about the usurpation of an elected government by our shadowy spy world, accusing it of trying to stage a “soft coup” that is a threat to our democracy. [Read more…]