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WikiLeaks: Flynn leaving due to 'destabilization campaign' by Dems, media

WikiLeaks: Flynn leaving due to 'destabilization campaign' by Dems, media
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WikiLeaks on Tuesday blamed a “destabilization campaign” by the media and Democrats for national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation.

“Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns after destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, press,” the organization tweeted, including a screenshot of the press release from the White House announcing the President Trump accepted Flynn’s resignation. 

Flynn resigned late Monday after reports emerged that he misled Trump administration officials about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

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“I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology,” Flynn said in the resignation letter.

Flynn had said he did not discuss U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak during the transition period, a claim which Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceA strong Kurdistan region is good for US in Iraq Brunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Scrap the Third Communique with China, keep the Six Assurances to Taiwan MORE repeated on air last month.

But Flynn later backtracked, saying he “couldn’t be 100 percent” certain about whether or not sanctions were discussed.

WikiLeaks played an active role in the presidential campaign, releasing batches of emails purportedly stolen from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE campaign chairman John Podesta.

The intelligence community concluded that Russia was behind the DNC and Podesta hacks, and that the Kremlin interfered in the campaign specifically to help Trump win.

Russia has denied being behind the hacks, and WikiLeaks has denied getting the hacked emails from Moscow.

WikiLeaks has insisted it’s not partisan and solely interested in transparency, but its occasional tweets in defense of Trump and Russia have raised speculation about its true goals.

NBC News reported last month that the U.S. pinpointed Russian actors who they believe provided WikiLeaks with Democratic material they had taken.

— Updated at 8:59 a.m.