Richard Perle: Bad Sign If CIA Leakers Force Flynn Out

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Former Reagan and Bush defense advisor Richard Perle weighs in on National Security Advisor Mike Flynn in an interview with Steve Malzberg of Newsmax.

PERLE: There's a huge effort to make problems for Mike Flynn, I don't think there is any doubt about that. We don't know the substance of the conversations so it's very difficult to judge....

Without the substance of the conversation we won't know. But what's really striking is that if there are intercepts, these leaks of intercepts are coming from inside of the intelligence community, and that's a terrible thing, undermining the National Security Advisor by leaking information.

And clearly the intelligence community doesn't like Flynn because he shook them up when he was trying to make our intelligence services effective in Afghanistan. And he did a lot of things that were not welcome by the CIA...

I hope he stays. He's a very capable guy. And he's pushed out by maneuvering on part of the CIA, working with opponents of the administration, it will be a very bad sign of things to come.

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