“Maybe Flynn made a mistake even with no intention, but that can happen to anyone. I don’t think we need to worry that our intelligence will go to Russia.”
Former MOSSAD Boss Danny Yatom
February 19 2017 — Since the election of Mr Trump, various media have reported ‘rumors’ that Israel, the UK, Australia and some European countries might be reconsidering whether they could openly share intelligence with the Trump administration due to the President’s alleged close ties to Putin. So far, these rumors were swiftly dismissed by the experts. But the latest series of news raises to a higher level the issue of whether intelligence shared with the US IC could be leaked to Russia by some members of Trump’s cabinet. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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UPDATE (February 19 2017) — Right from the start, I have been wondering why a former MOSSAD Director would quickly speak in favour of Mike Flynn. In retrospect, the answer was rather obvious. Explanation…
In January 2017, two FBI agents interviewed the then US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. On December 1 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI during that interview.
On December 17 2018, at the request of Judge Emmet Sullivan, the Special Counsel’s Office released a redacted version of their report — known as a FBI 302 — regarding this event. I strongly believe that the word PUTIN was redacted in a key paragraph of that document.
According to one of the charges against him, Flynn lied when he stated that, on December 22 2016, he did not ask Russian ambassador Kislyak either to delay the vote on UN Resolution 2334 or to defeat the pending United Nations Security Council Resolution.
On that day (Dec. 22 2017), the United Nations Security Council was about to vote on whether to condemn Israel’s building of settlements.
At the time, the Obama administration was preparing to allow a Security Council vote on the matter.
The vote was NOT delayed and UN Resolution 2334 passed 14-0 on December 23 2016, with the United States abstaining.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators learned through witnesses and documents that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel had asked the Trump transition team — via Jared Kushner — to lobby other countries to help Israel.
There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that Danny Yatom knew full well why Flynn had contacted the Russian ambassador…
END of UPDATE
On Monday (February 13 2017), General Mike Flynn announced his resignation as National Security Advisor.
On Thursday (February 16 2017), The Wall Street Journal reported that some US intelligence officials are withholding intelligence from Trump because of continued concerns it will be compromised or leaked.
These events have prompted many people around the world to wonder if it is safe to share intelligence with the US IC? [And I can only assume that some are wondering if it is safe to work FOR the US IC…] Former MOSSAD Director Danny Yatom has offered his expert opinion on this matter.
Former Mossad Director Danny Yatom
Danny Yatom (born 15 March 1945) is a former Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Labour. From 1996 to 1998, Yatom was head of the Mossad security service.
Between 1999 and 2001, he served as Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s Chief Of Staff and security advisor. [Wikipedia]
Interview with the Jerusalem Post
Former Mossad director Danny Yatom stated that he knew Flynn personally. Yatom believes that — even if Flynn may have violated certain US norms by discussing sanctions relief to Russia before Trump had taken office — he would not have leaked Israeli intelligence information to Russia.
“I don’t think so, from my personal evaluation. Flynn was very experienced. No one thinks he was a Russian spy. He was experienced and smart enough.”
Yatom even speculated that Flynn may have “been thrown under the bus” to protect the US president from fallout.
(Among friends and foes, many believe that Flynn’s discussion of sanctions with Russian officials may have been under orders from Trump.)
Yatom said that Flynn’s dismissal should not have a huge impact on Israeli-US intelligence cooperation.
“Trump has just come into office and top officials tend to have more power and influence after serving with a new leader for at least a year. This allows time to gain his confidence and authorization for various policies.”
Protecting Israeli intelligence sources
Yatom explained that information meant exclusively for the US goes directly to the CIA or the National Security Agency. Only after it gets to the CIA/NSA, does it get to the president.
“The CIA and NSA don’t need to tell the president and others at the White House who is the source of the intelligence they received – they don’t need to know.
The US president does not know the source of the intelligence.
Thus, there is no danger to Israel’s sources and no danger to sharing the intelligence.”
Former Mossad chief: Maybe Flynn was thrown under the bus to protect Trump — Jerusalem Post
One Year Ago — Former Mossad chief: “Mike Flynn was very experienced. Maybe, he has been thrown under the bus.”
Two Years Ago — Former Mossad chief : “Mike Flynn was very experienced. Maybe, he has been thrown under the bus.”