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A strange and circuitous path led Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn toward his fateful telephone contact in late December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and the flameout of what had been a distinguished military career.The Russians paid attention, and he reciprocated.Flynn continued to shine as intelligence chief at Centcom, then at the joint staff at the Pentagon, and finally in Afghanistan, where I first met him.Along the way, Flynn became enthusiastic about improving liaison with Russia, which he saw as a natural counterterrorism partner.Even after Russia invaded Crimea in 2014, Flynn proposed inviting the intelligence chiefs of its various theater commands to Washington for discussions.The RT interviewer pushed him to say positive things about U.S.-Russian cooperation, and Flynn complied.Flynn sat next to President Vladimir Putin at a celebratory dinner on that 2015 trip.During 2016, even as the Russians were mounting what U.S. intelligence described as a covert attack on the presidential election, Flynn had several contacts with Kislyak.
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