Wikileaks took to Twitter early Tuesday morning with an explanation for Michael Flynn's resignation as National Security Adviser, blaming "a destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, press" for the former general's departure.
"Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns after destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, press," the group tweeted, along with a screenshot of the press release from the White House announcing President Trump's acceptance of Flynn’s resignation.
Flynn resigned after reports came to light showing he had spoken to Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, before taking up his official post and had mislead other Trump officials about the nature of that conversation.
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Russian officials issued statements similar to that of Wikileaks, insisting that Flynn's resignation was politically motivated. The chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Russian State Duma Leonid Slutsky said, "Yes, Flynn wrote in his report that he didn't tell the president about his contacts with the leadership of the Russian embassy in the U.S.A. But this may be some sort of political and informational action which was prepared in advance."
Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, said in a post on Facebook that firing a national security adviser for his contacts with Russia is "not just paranoia but something even worse."
"Either Trump hasn't found the necessary independence and he's been driven into a corner... or russophobia has permeated the new administration from top to bottom," Kosachev was cited as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.