Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos are scheduled to speak at a conference organized by a QAnon supporter - 2019-08-13
Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, two former Trump foreign policy aides who both agreed in late 2017 to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, appear to have found some new allies: QAnon conspiracy theorists.
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, briefly served as President Donald Trump's national security adviser before he was forced to resign after news reports that he'd misled officials about his private conversations with Russia's ambassador. He and Papadopoulos are listed as speakers at the upcoming "Digital Soldiers Conference," a one-day event scheduled for September 14 in Atlanta that promises to ready "[p]atriotic social media warriors" for a coming "digital civil war" against "censorship and suppression."
Other featured speakers include Bill Mitchell, an online broadcaster and conspiracy theorist; singer and Trump backer Joy Villa; and a "mystery guest." The event is being organized by Rich Granville, the CEO of Yippy, Inc, who has a Twitter feed littered with references to QAnon, a conspiracy theory centered around the notion that Trump is secretly taking down an international ring of pedophiles that includes high-ranking Democrats. QAnon supporters believe that an anonymous person known as Q is dropping online clues about this supposed clandestine operation. The web page for Granville's conference prominently features an American flag festooned with a Q.