New York (CNN)The Washington Post's years-long fight to obtain the Afghanistan Papers began with a "good old-fashioned tip" about Michael Flynn.
The tip eventually led to transcripts of frank assessments about the Afghan war from hundreds of officials, bringing "into sharp relief the core failings of the war that persist to this day," in the words of the Post.
"I think we've finally broken through with the truth about the war," said Craig Whitlock, the investigative reporter who spearheaded the project for the Post.
And it started with Flynn.
Obtaining the transcript of the Flynn interview was a journalistic ordeal. The paper's first Freedom of Information Act request was denied.