It took a long time for Svetlana Lokhova, the Moscow-born woman who was falsely implicated in the media of compromising Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and having an affair with him, to put the pieces together and figure out how she was used to bring him down. But thanks in part to the digging by Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, and revelations about the mysterious Stefan Halper’s role as conduit between intel officials and certain water-carrying reporters, she thinks she has figured it out.

Chapter 2 of Lee Smith’s new book “THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History,” sets the stage by going into detail about why Obama and his State Department didn’t want Flynn around. This seasoned general did not shrink from challenging policies with which he found fault. Most significantly, Flynn strongly disagreed with Obama on the Iran nuclear deal, and Obama absolutely could not tolerate anyone or anything getting in the way of that (terrible as it was). The administration wanted Flynn gone long before Trump came down the escalator and announced his candidacy for President, let alone got elected, let alone named Flynn as his national security advisor. By then, of course, Obama could see the writing on the wall and knew that Trump would be going in another direction, one that would completely change course from what he'd been doing in the Mideast. (Of course, by then, tremendous damage had been done. But I digress.)

Flynn had become an obvious threat to the existing intelligence community by 2010, when he published an article called “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.” To sum it up, Flynn thought the bureaucracy was “clueless” (his word) when it came to what was happening in the field; by the time information as sent to Washington and channeled through all the levels of hierarchy, it might be too late for soldiers on the battlefield, who needed to be able to use intelligence on the spot. He wanted to minimize the intel bureaucracy’s role. As Smith writes, “his proposed revolution threatened the budgets, jobs, and prestige of thousands of spies who constituted the intelligence bureaucracy.”

To put it mildly, the intelligence bureaucracy did not like this.

After he resigned as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in April 2014 and started a consulting firm that worked with foreign clients, he also started advising several GOP candidates for the 2016 race, telling reporters “he’d moved into public life because he thought the country was at risk.” He spoke openly about the corruption of the Clintons and “said he’d be willing to talk to anyone if it would help keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.”

My kind of guy.

As Smith tells the story, by late 2015, fellow “revolutionary” Donald Trump was looking like the front-runner and Flynn was seen as moving closer to him. In December, Flynn's adversaries found an opportunity to compromise him --- by making it appear that he HAD been compromised --- by using a photograph of him sitting next to Vladimir Putin at a Moscow banquet commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Russian government-owned news network, RUSSIA TODAY (which now simply goes by “RT”). Flynn’s speakers bureau had arranged for him to attend the banquet and give the speech. He was given a defensive briefing both before and after the trip, as was the protocol. Everything was transparent and above board.

But the intel community had its eyebrow-raising photo, and, ironically, used the propaganda techniques employed by Josef Stalin to tar Flynn with it as a tool of Russia.

And that wasn’t the first time they had set him up to look compromised; here is where Svetlana Lokhova fits in. A dinner was given in Flynn’s honor in February of 2014 by Sir Richard Dearlove, a former director of the U.K.’s foreign spy agency MI6, at his Cambridge campus apartment, about an hour outside London. Also invited was Lokhova, a Moscow-born British historian of Soviet intelligence. (Much more detail about this meeting and those in attendance is contained in this chapter of Smith’s book.) Lokhova understands now that a false account was created about that dinner: that she was a lovely strawberry-blonde Russian spy and had compromised then-DIA Director Flynn by having an affair with him. All completely made up.

Cut to November of 2019. Investigative reporter Margot Cleveland has a fine article in THE FEDERALIST (posted November 4) that puts another puzzle piece on the board, explaining how the fake Flynn-Lokhova story got reported as real news. Lokhova found out herself that Stefan Halper, now outed as a CIA and FBI informant (SPY), was the source for WASHINGTON POST reporter David Ignatius. Also, Cleveland reports, the MI5-connected Christopher Andrew brags in an email obtained recently by THE FEDERALIST that his friend Ignatius has “the inside track on Flynn.”

There were about twenty people at the dinner; it was quite an exclusive event. Christopher Andrew, a Cambridge professor and the official historian of Great Britain’s domestic intel service (that’s the MI5 connection), was also there, seated next to Flynn. Stefan Halper was not present, but according to Lee Smith, he was a director, along with Prof. Andrew and Dearlove, of a private intel firm called Cambridge Security Initiative (CSI). This is all just so doggone cozy, it warms your heart.

It was the filing of Sidney Powell’s brief about the targeting of Flynn that helped Lokhova put things together. Powell had already done the heavy lifting: she had determined how the CIA, FBI, Stefan Halper and others had “used the unnamed and unaware Lokhova and the complicit Ignatius to destroy Flynn.” An excerpt from her brief appearing in Cleveland’s report also brings in another name, that of Col. James Baker at the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) at the Pentagon. (This isn’t the same James Baker who worked with James Comey at the FBI.) This James Baker, Powell writes in her brief, “is believed to be the person who illegally leaked the transcript of Mr. Flynn’s calls to Ignatius.”

Lokhova has known of Halper’s role in targeting Flynn since May of 2018, when Halper was outed as an intel informant (SPY). She then sued Halper and several media outlets over the phony story linking her with Gen. Flynn. 

But she didn’t know how Ignatius came to report the story until seeing Powell’s latest brief.

The role of Prof. Andrew became clearer in February 2017 when he wrote an article for the LONDON SUNDAY TIMES entitled “Impulsive General Misha Shoots Himself in the Foot.” I assume “General Misha” is a slur against Flynn, as the article tells the fake story of Flynn and Lokhova and the dinner and the affair. After this article appeared, other media outlets such as the WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, and WASHINGTON POST felt free to run stories about Flynn and the comely Russian “spy.” It was all fiction.

Lokhova didn’t discover Prof. Andrew’s article until she saw the one that followed it in the WALL STREET JOURNAL in March 2017.

There’s much more detail in Cleveland’s eye-opening article, linked to below. We’ve known that our own intel community was using the media to push its narratives, but now we can see the mechanics of the shameful effort to take down Gen. Flynn, including how it enlisted the aid of foreign intel agents, in this case from Britain. The people who did this to him need to pay.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/11/04/scoop-cia-fbi-informant-was-washington-post-source-for-russiagate-smears/

 

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Why and how our intel bureaucracy smeared Lt. Gen. Flynn

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  • Patsy Prothro

    11/10/2019 06:24 PM

    Oh I hope these people pay for what they did to innocent people! They have ruined so many lives for political power and misguided minds!

  • Carl Smith

    11/08/2019 09:32 PM

    Has anyone ever Wondered How so many anti-Americans came t roost in the same area code?

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    11/08/2019 06:43 PM

    Looks to me like Ms. Lokhova has a potentially lucrative defamation lawsuit on her hands ;-}

  • Kenneth Brack

    11/08/2019 04:52 AM

    Thank you Mike. And thanks to all those who are pursuing the truth. Exposing the evil that has been done to this country is the only way we are going to save our country.

  • Robert Allen Roesing

    11/07/2019 11:49 PM

    I've said this before: obama is a damn traitor to the usa & should be hung for treason period !!! GO TRUMP/PENSE GO !!!! PS: THE o in obama's name is on purpose !!! he's a scumbag traitor!!!!

  • A George

    11/07/2019 11:09 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for in depth letter regarding General Flynn. People that have worked for him can vouch for his reputation as a great guy and patriot of this nation! It is sad to see such corruption within the some of Intel community and Pentagon because of their severe TDS ( Trump Derangement Syndrome) . It is hard for me to see stuff like this happen to this country’s men and women in uniform when most of our family has served this nation. On the bright side, I can say that it better prepares me to steer my children away from serving in the military and choosing a different career of serving others. I am proud of my family members service to this country, but during Obama’s administration it opened my eyes to the corrupt nature of what really went on in the Middle East and gives me the feeling that the American leadership at home especially during that administration did not always work in the best interests of the soldiers deployed to those regions. After Benghazi, I would also never recommend being an ambassador in a dangerous country under poor American bureaucratic leadership who will leave you high and dry for coverup reasons . Judicial Watch’s FOIA on weapons and Benghazi recently released was a huge bombshell that was very eye opening into that whole mess! I

  • Bonnie Reynolds

    11/07/2019 09:09 PM

    This makes America look bad and makes me sad. Why can't we respectfully disagree, without hurting one another through lies. The devil is at work here and needs to be confronted and driven out.

  • Norma Hamilton

    11/07/2019 08:09 PM

    General Flynn’s case needs to be thrown out and those responsible for trying to destroy his life should personally have to compensate him financially for all he’s lost, then they should all be sentenced to hard time.
    My question is, who gave these government heads their marching orders to destroy this mans life? Someday they will all have to stand before Almighty God and give an accounting!

  • Janice Killian

    11/07/2019 07:37 PM

    The People who knowingly took down GENERAL FLYNN SHOULD HAVE A FAIR TRIAL AS HE DID NOT , AND GO BANKRUPT THEN GO TO PRISON TO EVEN START THEIR PUNISHMENT
    .

  • Johnny Davis

    11/07/2019 06:35 PM

    Pay? they need to pray. Liars do not enter the Kingdom of God.

  • MARIE DAHL

    11/07/2019 06:00 PM

    i HOPE FLYNN GETS MILLIONS OUT OF THIS TERRIBLE INJUSTICE AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND THIS OUTRAGEOUS SCHEME ALL GO TO JAIL FOR A VERY LONG TIME AS WELL AS SHIFF AND HIS ASSOCIATES THAT ARE TRYING TO IMPEACH OUR PRESIDENT WITH LIES AND INUENDOS. I HOPE THEY ALL GET WHAT'S COMING TO THEM. IT IS JUST SO OUTRAGEOUS THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE RUNNING OUR GOVERNMENT WHO ARE SO EVIL THAT IT'S JUST UNIMAGINABLE.
    THIS SAME THING COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE IN THIS COUNTRY.

  • Esther Sims

    11/07/2019 05:39 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, everyone should read Lee Smith's book. It is an eye-opener, even when you stay on top of Hannity news and others on Fox. So glad you mentioned this. Wish the book would be highly publicized. I could NOT put it down. I have long been a fan of Devin Nunes, who deserves the Nobel Prize in my estimation. Thank you for mentioning this. Esther

  • Terese Pace

    11/07/2019 05:22 PM

    Dear Governor,
    I don’t say this to flatter you
    But to sincerely thank you and your staff for compiling a trustworthy newsletter.
    I don’t get news from any other source.
    This situation
    Concerning the treasonous plot to take down a duly elected President in our country has been hard to believe at times
    Surreal
    I don’t think a Hollywood movie can compare to all of this ‘stuff’.
    I guess that’s why we pray
    And ask for help!
    Thank you again
    And May God Bless The United States of America.

  • Claudia Viar

    11/07/2019 04:40 PM

    The government should be made to reimbursement for ALL of money General Flynn has lost plus damages because of this smear! Anyone still working in the government that was involved with this should be fired immediately.

  • Joyce Birch

    11/07/2019 04:31 PM

    Thank you again for your newsletters. I pray for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn & his new attorney to bring to light how he was railroaded. They're out to destroy lives for what, just for politics??? Very shameful!

  • Vernon Hinz

    11/07/2019 03:33 PM

    This just goes to show you how crooked the Democrat party is. They have got so many twist and turns it makes, your head spin. That is the reason I have said from the beginning that this was going to be the most corrupt election year in history. What makes it really bad they are able to sell all this to so many of the clueless, ignorant, public. plus they have a way of hacking most of the voting poles

  • NANCY L KNAUSS

    11/07/2019 03:29 PM

    My husband and I always felt Gen. Flynn was framed!! "These people" have ruined so many lives just because they were connected to Pres. Trump and some from the previous admin. disagreed with Obama, so of course they must "pay" for that. Pres. Trump has taken a beating from the left and media for several years now and he keeps "on going" just like the energizer bunny!! If Trump had not won in 2016, NONE of the garbage that has come out by honest dedicated individuals, would be known to the public or some officials. Trump must be reelected in 2020.

  • Doug Morgan

    11/07/2019 03:02 PM

    Governor, thanks for revealing details about Gen. Flynn's entrapment. You have a talent of researching and reporting details that we do not get from FoxNews and definitely do not get it from the MSM. This is yet another discovery that resides in the District of Corruption's swamp. But I am not holding my breath until Gen. Flynn is exonerated.

    Just like all the other injustices dealt to Trump and his staff and supporters, we hear lots of noises from republicans, are encouraged that AG Barr will bring justice to the criminals in Washington, that the IG report will reveal truth; and still we are waiting while the democrats (and established repubs) are proceeding with the destruction of the President and our country.

  • Carol Gulley

    11/07/2019 02:53 PM

    The people who did this to Flynn need to pay, as well as numerous others who are so deep in the coup to take down our President. I continue to pray that one day the truth will come out and the ones who need to be held accountable will be. I'm not holding my breath until that happens, but continue to hope. The ones who say " NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW" seem to be the ones that are!!

  • Kevin Egan

    11/07/2019 02:50 PM

    I met General Flynn in Basrah, Iraq during 'Operation Charge of the Knights'. He's everything these commies (democrats, liberals, TRAITORS) dispise. Intelligent - steadfast - courageous - honest.

    There's much to be done to eliminate this plague....

  • Robert McFate

    11/07/2019 02:37 PM

    This should scare ever American. If our intel community gets a hankering they can setup anyone!

  • Joe Broadway

    11/07/2019 02:25 PM

    Flynn must be a deplorable.

  • Ron Pratt

    11/07/2019 02:11 PM

    This all reads like a spy novel. I am afraid that a spy novel is all that it is until until people actually start facing justice and the consequences of their actions. The left and Anti-Trump people will only claim this is a right wing conspiracy and it's the GOP trying to protect Trump. I want to see real justice to the point that the likes of CNN and MSNBC have no choice but to print the truth and show us just how corrupt our Government and more likely, the Clinton's and the Obama Administration really was. Until that time, this is just a good spy novel.

  • Janet Underwood

    11/07/2019 02:10 PM

    Having worked as a contractor for the Federal government, I can easily believe all of what you've said here about the bureaucrats working to oust Flynn. It was obvious to me that, at least at the agency where I worked (USDA), employees didn't have nearly enough work to do and even if they had work to do, they would spend their time taking naps (openly) at their desks, defying their branch chiefs. Then, of course, there was the contracting company that hired me, lying to me about what the job would entail to get me to take it. After a few weeks on the job, I came to the conclusion that not only should there be term limits for elected officials, but for Federal employees as well. Five years and out.

  • roger brailer

    11/07/2019 02:09 PM

    I SAID YEARS AGO ALL CAN BE TRACED BACK TO obama!!!!!! THIS IS ONE TIME I WISH I WEREN`T RIGHT!ALL THINGS CAN BE TODAY, SORRY TO SAY ,AS YOU SAY THEY MUST PAY!!!!!!!!!!