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New Yorker: Gen. Michael Flynn Flouted 'Stupid' Rules While in Military

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By    |   Friday, 25 Nov 2016 01:04 PM

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, president-elect Donald Trump's new national security adviser, had no problem breaking rules and procedures during his time in the Army, a profile in The New Yorker reveals.

"Flynn broke rules he thought were stupid," writes David Priest. "He once told me about a period he spent assigned to a C.I.A. station in Iraq, when he would sometimes sneak out of the compound without the 'insane' required approval from C.I.A. headquarters, in Langley, Virginia."

Flynn, who was the top intelligence official for then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen, also had an internet connection installed in his Pentagon office when he was with the Defense Intelligence Agency, even though it was not allowed.

"There was also the time he gave classified information to NATO allies without approval," Priest writes, in an incident prompting a warning from his superiors and an investigation.

Flynn's activities made him personally popular among his colleagues with the Defense Intelligence Agency, but some worried about his leadership skills, as there were times he'd say things that were not true.

Flynn's temper also "created massive antibodies in the building," another former DIA associate reported, as he often berated subordinates in front of their colleagues, and after 18 months on the job, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told him he had to leave. Clapper allowed Flynn to stay for nine months after that to allow his successor to be vetted.

After Flynn left government service, he went on the speaking circuit and wrote a book with foreign-policy analyst Michael Ledeen about Islam. He claimed he'd been fired because President Barack Obama disagreed with his views on ISIS and terrorism.

Priest writes that he asked Flynn about the claim and "he has told me that he doesn’t have any proof — it’s just something he feels was true."

Flynn did not reply to a request for comments for the article.

Trump said in a statement, when announcing Flynn's appointment that the retired general is "one of the country's foremost experts on military and intelligence matters and he will be an invaluable asset to me and my administration."

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