On his last day as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn met with Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., who handed him a summary of Israeli intelligence on former President Barack Obama, according to the New Yorker.
[New Yorker] reporter Adam Entous described a peculiar anecdote that he later clarified on Twitter involving the controversial ex-adviser.
“On February 13, 2017, the day that Michael Flynn was forced out as national-security adviser, [Israel’s US ambassador] Ron Dermer went to the White House to try to arrange for Trump to sign secret documents, as other Presidents had done, which the Israelis saw as an American commitment not to ask them to give up their undeclared nuclear arsenal,” the report noted. “He asked to meet privately with Flynn. Aides told Dermer that he could not dictate whom he wanted to meet with. (It turned out that Flynn had urgent business to attend to: writing his resignation letter.)”
Entous also noted that while Israel claims its intelligence on the Obama administration is not the result of direct spying on Americans, U.S. intelligence officials are not necessarily convinced this would be the case:
“The United States spies on Israel, but Israel claims that it doesn’t spy on the United States,” the report continued. “U.S. officials dispute that claim and consider Israel to be one of the United States’ biggest counterintelligence threats.”