Barack Obama promised to support the incoming president in any way he could, but like most every other Obama promise, it was a lie…a big lie.
Enter the controversy surrounding Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser who was forced to step down after it was leaked that transcripts of his phone calls with Russian dignitaries revealed he spoke with them about sanctions from the Obama administration. Many have wondered how such sensitive information could make its way to the press, but a look at Obama’s last move before he left the White House exposes exactly how it happened – it was planned, or at least it would seem that way.
A report from the New York Times in mid-January reveals that the former president gave the National Security Agency (NSA) broad powers to share intercepted communications with the 16 other intelligence agencies prior to privacy protections being applied to them. In other words, he made it so un-redacted transcripts of phone calls, emails, and other communications could flow freely among the intelligence community, thus increasing the likelihood of their contents being leaked to the public.
As the Times put it [emphasis mine]
The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.
The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.
Innocent people like Gen. Flynn, whose phone calls were never meant to be made public. With said calls being made in December, Obama had to have known about them prior to creating this rule, which means that he likely expanded the NSA’s authority to make it all but impossible for the Trump administration to discover who was leaking the information since, as the Times said, “far more officials” were able to see it.
Last week, we reported that Obama was setting up a “shadow White House” just blocks from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for the purpose of sabotaging President Trump’s agenda and trying to preserve his own legacy. It appears as if while Obama was smiling to President Trump’s face, he was quietly setting things in motion so that he could accomplish his goal once he left office.
Why else would he make such a drastic change with such far-reaching effects just days before President Trump was sworn in? Could this also be why Democrats have been slow-walking every single one of President Trump’s cabinet nominations; to keep Obama’s holdovers in place as long as possible?
Just something to think about as we watch the intelligence community wage a disinformation campaign against the Trump administration unlike anything we’ve seen in recent history.