Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, appears to have described QAnon as “total nonsense” and a “disinformation campaign” by the CIA and the political left – despite its own extensive Left the conspiracy theory and apparent eagerness to serve as their hero.
Flynn’s blatant testimony was revealed by Lin Wood, a pro-Trump attorney and QAnon supporter who was once allied with the disgraced former general.
QAnon supporters believe in the existence of a secret cabal of pederastic cannibal-satanists dominated by Democrats and against which Trump is fighting. The followers also believe that John F. Kennedy Jr. is not dead and will soon return to lead them. Lots of them lately gathered in Dallas waiting for that to happen. The FBI sees QAnon as a potential source of extremist violence.
Trump has refused to disavow QAnon believers. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson called them “gentle patriots.”
Late Saturday, Wood published a recording from what appeared to be a call between him and Flynn on Telegram, a right-wing favorite social media and messaging app. During the conversation, a voice that appears to be Wood is heard to complain that QAnon followers are online after him.
In response, the Daily Beast reported, a voice who appears to be Flynn, says, âI think it’s a disinformation campaign. I think it’s a disinformation campaign that the CIA started. I believe that. Well, I don’t know for sure, but I think it is. I think it’s a disinformation campaign. ‘”
âI think that’s total nonsense,â adds the voice. “And I think it’s a left-wing disinformation campaign.”
The Guardian was unable to verify the authenticity of the recording. Contact information for Flynn was not immediately available. Holz was not available for comment.
Flynn was fired from by a top secret service role Barack Obama before becoming a close associate of Trump. He was appointed national security advisor, but resigned less than a month for lying to the FBI about interactions with Russians.
Flynn pleaded guilty to criminal charges as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian electoral interference. He tried to withdraw that plea, then received a pardon from Trump.
Flynn has been convicted of his links to QAnon and the far right for calling for and for establishing a “one religion” in the US seemingly advocate armed insurrection.
The shot, released by Wood, comes amid leading pro-Trump figures who have worked to overthrow the 2020 election. According to the Daily Beast, the feud appears to have emerged from Wood’s brief account of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who was recently acquitted after killing two people and injuring one in a protest in Wisconsin last year.
According to The Beast, Rittenhouse claimed that Wood purposely left him languishing in jail so he could make money on the case. Wood reportedly got angry that Flynn and Sidney Powell, another pro-Trump attorney, hadn’t spoken out for him.
Powell was unavailable Sunday for comment.
The recording, in which Flynn apparently denied QAnon, sparked echoes of comments on a related conspiracy theory from Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign chairman and White House strategist.
Bannon was pardoned by Trump on charges of fraud, but now faces the attack on the Capitol on Jan.
He has repeatedly advocated the âDeep Stateâ conspiracy theory, which states that there is a permanent government of bureaucrats and intelligence agents in place to thwart Trump’s agenda.
But Bannon also has called the “Deep State conspiracy theory is for insane cases”.