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Russian technology firm Kaspersky Labs
has confirmed paying former White House National Security Advisor Michael
A Kaspersky Labs subsidiary, Kaspersky
Government Security Solutions, paid Flynn to speak at a government
cybersecurity forum held in Washington D.C. in 2015.
The company said that Flynn had
attended the forum to speak alongside leading political and IT
experts before he took up his post in the White House.
"As a private company, Kaspersky
Labs is not affiliated with any government, but is proud of its
cooperation with the authorities of many countries and international
law enforcement organizations in the fight against cybercrime,"
the company said in a statement.
Documents published by the
Congressional Oversight Committee on Thursday showed that Flynn
received more than $50,000 from Russian companies in 2015. As well
as receiving a fee from Kaspersky Labs, Flynn was paid money by
Kremlin-backed television channel RT and a U.S. air cargo company
affiliated with the Volga-Dnepr Group.
Flynn's contact with Russian officials and businesses has fallen under close scrutiny after he resigned amid claims that he secretly discussed
sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to Washington before the
Trump administration came to power.
Flynn reportedly angered top White House
officials by denying that he had discussed sanctions with Russian
Ambassador Sergei Kislyak– only to change his answers when confronted by the press.
In his resignation letter, Flynn said
that he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and
others with incomplete information” on his phone calls with
Other members of the Trump campaign team have also been accused of being in "constant contact" with Russian authorities before the U.S. election took place in November last year.
Government sources told CNN in February that
“communications between campaign staff and representatives of
foreign governments were not unusual,” but that the calls had stood out due to officials' high-ranking status in
the Trump team. Many have used the allegations to raise concerns that Trump was "too close" to Putin before taking office.
The White House has denied all claims.