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Old 01-23-2017, 11:26 AM
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Trump's national security adviser is reportedly being investigated
for his communications with Russia

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A top military counsel to President Donald Trump is under scrutiny by US counterintelligence agents who have investigated the new national security adviser's communications with Russian officials, The Wall Street Journal said Sunday.

The paper reported that Michael Flynn, a retired three-star general who was among senior White House staff members sworn in on Sunday, has come under investigation as part of a counterintelligence examination of communications between Russian government members and Trump's inner circle.

Inquiry findings and whether it was still underway remained unclear, The Journal said.

Flynn has raised eyebrows for receiving payment from the Russian broadcaster RT to join a gala celebration last year in Moscow, where he sat at a banquet table with President Vladimir Putin.

US reports have also said Flynn telephoned Moscow's ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, several times the day before President Barack Obama unveiled punitive measures over Russia's alleged cyberattacks to influence the US election.
Trump security adviser investigated for Russia links: report - Business Insider

Nothing to be concerned about here...
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Flynn has raised eyebrows for receiving payment from the Russian broadcaster RT to join a gala celebration last year in Moscow, where he sat at a banquet table with President Vladimir Putin.
At the time Snowden defected to Russia, Flynn had this to say...

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Snowden’s disclosures have caused grave damage to our national security. The greatest cost of his disclosures will be the cost in human lives on tomorrow’s battlefield or in someplace where we will put our military forces…when we ask them to go into harm’s way.
Then Flynn jets to Moscow and sits next to Putin celebrating the 10th anniversary of the RT (Russia Today) propaganda machine. The dinner gala was posted on the president of Russia’s website along with photographs of the affair. Moscow is obviously proud of what it has accomplished with the cooperation of foreigners who appear on the channel and lend it credibility. The participation of a former chief of the US Defense Intelligence Agency at the event was a major propaganda coup for RT and the Kremlin. Video and photos of his participation will help the Russians in their ongoing propaganda campaign to depict the state-funded RT/Sputnik news entities as simply respectable sources of alternative news and opinion that offers different views.


Flynn (circled) and Putin at the RT anniversary. This particular picture with the identifying circle appeared in Russian media.
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Federal Officials People: Intelligence Community Probing Michael Flynn

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This story is notable for two things.

First, as with the PeePeeGate psyops the IC conducted against the country, it's vapornews -- there's no actual news here, as the "news" is just that there is an investigation. And no conclusions at all.

We already know there was an investigation -- this was leaked two weeks ago. So the leakers are just re-leaking this to get it re-reported.

But there's nothing new -- there's no conclusion, the article notes. So rather than advancing the story by saying "There's an investigation, and it has found X," this story specifically says the investigation has not found anything either way. Nothing excuplatory, nothing incriminating.

Pure re-report of a re-leak.

But this is the most precious part of the Wall Street Journal's report.

It has been common (though I'm certain not uniform) previous media practice to attribute leaks from the IC to "federal officials" or "intelligence community officials." In other words, people working for the federal government or the intelligence community.

On Friday at 12 noon, John Brennan and I'm guessing several other Obama political appointees in the IC lost their jobs, as Trump pointedly did not ask them to remain aboard until their replacements could be confirmed.

So these folks aren't Federal Officials or IC Officials any longer.

They're just people, as of noon Friday.


So note the WSJ's attribution of its non-story:

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U.S. counterintelligence agents have investigated communications that President Donald Trump's national security adviser had with Russian officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
WAS: Federal officials

NOW: "People"!


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Correct. Not until solid evidence is found, that is.
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