President-elect Donald Trump's pick for national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, one of the most vocal critics of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of sensitive information, may have done some inappropriate sharing of his own.
According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Flynn was investigated for sharing classified information in 2010 after a secret military investigation revealed that he had improperly shared CIA intelligence with Australian and British allies in Afghanistan when he was serving as the U.S. military intelligence chief there.
The Tribune reported:
Although Flynn lacked authorization to share the classified material, he was not disciplined or reprimanded after the investigation concluded that he did not act "knowingly" and that "there was no actual or potential damage to national security as a result," according to Army records obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act.
Flynn is on record admitting to the investigation but has treated it as insignificant and been tight-lipped about details.
The investigation was opened after an unnamed Navy intelligence specialist took his belief that Flynn was "inappropriately" sharing information up the chain of command, according to the four-page FOIA response obtained by the Post.
The charge was the second time Flynn was charged with mishandling sensitive information in 2010, the first being related to Pakistan. From the Tribune:
Former U.S. officials said that Flynn had disclosed sensitive information to Pakistan in late 2009 or early 2010 about secret U.S. intelligence capabilities being used to monitor the Haqqani network, an insurgent group accused of repeated attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Flynn exposed the capabilities during meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad. The former U.S. intelligence official said a CIA officer who accompanied Flynn reported the disclosures to CIA headquarters, which then relayed the complaint to the Defense Department. Flynn was verbally reprimanded by the Pentagon's top intelligence official at the time, James R. Clapper Jr.
Clapper would later endorse and then force Flynn out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Of note is that the investigations were ordered by the head of the U.S. Central Command. The commander at that time was Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who is now Trump's pick for secretary of defense.