U.S. Military investigators have revealed that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, “inappropriately shared” classified information with various foreign military officers, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post from the Defense Department.
The finding, first reported by The Post, contradicts Flynn’s previous account of the incident, in which he told the newspaper in August that he had permission to share the material related to CIA activities.
Flynn told the Post he did nothing wrong but the Army documents say the investigation determined that Flynn did not have permission to share the secrets. During the presidential campaign Flynn frequently attacked Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, for mishandling classified material.
The Army decided not to take any legal action against him, concluding that “there was no actual or potential damage to national security” due to Flynn’s actions.
Nevertheless, the violation is yet another questionable mark on the resume of Flynn, who Trump has entrusted with a key intelligence posting despite a string of controversial comments and incidents.
Flynn’s breach also comes after Trump’s vociferous criticism of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her handling of sensitive information while serving as secretary of state.