Stephen Dietrich, Managing Editor

Leading up to the resignation of President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, there have been increasingly dire warnings being sounded by political insiders.

After Flynn’s downfall Monday night, experts again raised the alarm: This wasn’t just a leak.

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This was the result of a behind-the-scenes power grab by the intelligence community, and their target is simple: They’re aiming to take Trump down.

While the mainstream media gleefully celebrates Flynn’s resignation, they’re ignoring the alarming reality at the heart of these leaks.

It’s a threat against democracy itself.

Folks, that’s not hyperbole. It is increasingly clear that high ranking officials at the CIA, NSA, and others within the intelligence community have ignored the results of the presidential election and have gone rogue.

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Critics say these officials have remained loyal to former President Barack Obama, and have been working to undermine Trump as revenge for his promises to “drain the swamp.”

“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” The Washington Free Beacon reported a veteran national security adviser told them. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”

Simply put, this is a danger to the integrity of our country.

In a sense, this is the beginning of an intelligence community coup d’etat. Bureaucrats that operate in the shadows — who do not answer to the American people — are fighting a shadow war against our elected representatives.

Even more disturbing, the mainstream media is happy to whitewash the intelligence communities efforts because it suits their objective.

Because they all share open contempt for Trump’s administration, they’re willing to undermine the government’s position.

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It is disturbing — and it’s going to get worse.

“I’d watch [the media’s] coverage very carefully,” Retired Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer warned Fox Business Channel. “When you have NBC reporting that they’ve talked to six officials who have seen the transcript, someone is basically giving away both the methods — the fact that they read a communication that was intercepted by sensitive methods — and more importantly, that they’re saying that they saw this information which was beyond ‘Top Secret’.”

According to an article from The Observer titled, “The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins“, the author reveals that this war began months ago, but it has recently heated up. “A senior National Security Agency official explained that NSA was systematically holding back some of the ‘good stuff’ from the White House, in an unprecedented move.”

“For decades, NSA has prepared special reports for the president’s eyes only, containing enormously sensitive intelligence. In the last three weeks, however, NSA has ceased doing this, fearing Trump and his staff cannot keep their best [signals intelligence] secrets.”

Glenn Greenwald, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist that first broke the Edward Snowden story, has also warned numerous times that the intelligence community — which he calls the Deep State — is “going to war” with the White House.

Even Trump is sounding the warning to the American people, asking the dishonest media to look into the truth.

“Flynn’s ouster was a soft coup … engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats,” warns Damon Linker of The Week. “The results might be salutary, but this isn’t the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function. Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result.”

Trump has loudly promised to “drain the swamp.” This is the swamp snakes at the CIA and NSA biting back.

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Taking out Flynn was the political equivalent of a mafia hit job.

Thanks to the mainstream media, the intelligence community has gotten their first kill.

And they’re only just beginning.

— Stephen Dietrich is the Managing Editor of The Horn News