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In late August 2021, an image started circulating on social media that supposedly showed a letter issued by Chase Bank informing retired Gen. Michael Flynn that his credit cards had been canceled due to a “reputational risk”
We have not yet been able to verify the authenticity of the letter. We reached out to Chase for more information, but a spokesperson told us they weren’t going to to comment on the issue
Where Did This Letter Originate?
Many people encountered this letter as it was circulated on Twitter by third-party accounts. As this letter wasn’t shared on the platform under Flynn’s own handle (Flynn has been banned from Twitter since January 2021), it left people wondering if this letter was authentic.
Disinformation researcher Jim Stewartson detailed the origins of the letter in a Twitter thread. According to Stewartson, this letter was originally shared on Telegram by Qanon influencer and recently elected South Carolina GOP official Tracy Diaz (@tracybeanz). The letter was deleted shortly after it was posted along with a message stating that there had been a “miscommunication” about making the letter public. However, the image continued to circulate and eventually Flynn posted two messages on Telegram that seemingly confirmed the authenticity of the letter.