Flynn's position is not confirmed by the Senate so that doesn't apply.
I think the equivalent analogy is prospective candidate for position starts negotiating for the company on the strength that sometime soon the about-to-be CEO will become CEO and plans to give him a position that allows him to represent the company.
Although, it would seem that the National Security Advisor position is not the correct one to be talking to Ambassadors. Seems more like a Sec of State responsibility.
Everyone has to make their own choices about where and when to donate. But specifically leaving a comment to say someone isn't important enough is a mean-spirited thing to do.
I don't make much money, but I think TechDirt does extremely important work. And I'm glad my income has risen enough that I can afford to donate some. I've now donated. And will try to do so again next month as well.
As someone mentioned in a previous comment. If you carefully read the wording of the Tweet, the following is a POSSIBLE scenario.
The person was an employee (and authorized) when they tweeted. Then they got fired. And then the tweets were deleted. And then the Tweet which says they are an ex-employee who is not currently authorized.
Somehow, I don't think they would have included the "currently" in the Tweet if the person had never been authorized. So the question is what is the timing.
Well, according to the article, it sounds like anyone selling seeds in that country has to sell patented seeds. So, that would mean that "open source" style seeds are actually illegal. At least, that's what it looks like.
If you're moderately technical enough, you can use mailinabox.email. It doesn't cost that much for a domain and a VPS instance to run one. It has security, frequent updates, and lets encrypt integration. It's open source.
It's not for everyone, though. And it's not intended to be.