Michael Flynn: new evidence spy chiefs had concerns about Russian ties

US and UK officials were troubled by Moscow contacts and encounter with woman linked to Russian spy agency records

By  Luke Harding, Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Nick Hopkins / The Guardian / Friday 31 March 2017 10.01 EDT

 

US intelligence officials had serious concerns about Michael Flynn’s appointment as the White House national security adviser because of his history of contacts with Moscow and his encounter with a woman who had trusted access to Russian spy agency records, the Guardian has learned.

US and British intelligence officers discussed Flynn’s “worrisome” behaviour well before his appointment last year by Donald Trump, multiple sources have said.

They raised concerns about Flynn’s ties to Russia and his perceived obsession with Iran. They were also anxious about his capacity for “linear thought” and some actions that were regarded as highly unusual for a three-star general.