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May 16, 2018

Sara A. Carter: Sources Tell Me the Spy, or Informant, Placed In or Near Trump's Camp Was Located in London, and It Involves Papadopolous, But Was Not Papadopolous Himself

She said this on Hannity last night.

She says she knows who it is, but declines to say yet.

Andy McCarthy thinks the spy/informant will soon be outed:

With Justice and anonymous intelligence-community leakers having provided conflicting explanations, the latest controversy involves the role played by a CIA and FBI informant, based in Britain, who appears to have been deployed against marginal Trump-campaign figures (such as George Papadopoulos). Several bloggers began reporting the likely identity of this source over the weekend; I am going to follow the lead of the Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel and resist mentioning the name -- I am not in the news-breaker business, and it is likely to be confirmed soon enough.

He had previously, independently reasoned the spy -- or informant -- was in London:

A Human Source . . . in Britain, Not Australia

Three other things to consider:

1. For months, the House Intelligence Committee sought disclosure of the “electronic communication” (EC) by which the FBI opened its counterintelligence-investigation file on Papadopoulos, reportedly in July 2016...

The committee therefore wanted to know what foreign intelligence had spurred the probe, particularly in light of intelligence leaks that an Australian government report about Papadopoulos was the cause.

Yet, when Nunes was finally allowed to look at the EC, only after threatening contempt proceedings against Justice Department officials, he learned that the FBI did not set forth any foreign intelligence -- there was no Australian report, no "Five Eyes intelligence product" at all, Nunes told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo.

Did the FBI's British operation involve using a spy to interact with Trump-campaign figures, such as Papadopoulos, on British soil?

If the FBI was not explicitly relying on intelligence from a foreign ally, on what was it relying to open a counterintelligence investigation focusing on an American political campaign? According to what the New York Times reported in April 2017, "current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials" said the investigation was triggered by Carter Page's trip to Moscow. That would implicate the Clinton-campaign-generated Steele dossier, which claimed that Page's trip furthered a Trump–Russia conspiracy. I've detailed how, as reliance on the unverified dossier has become more controversial, the media and intelligence agencies have tried to minimize its importance to the opening of the investigation.

Did the dossier instigate not only FISA surveillance but human spying against the Trump campaign?

2. As Larry O'Connor has recounted in the Washington Times, Obama's former CIA director John Brennan was asked, by NBC's Chuck Todd, whether the FBI's investigation was triggered by intelligence from the Five Eyes (i.e., the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia — five Anglosphere governments that have longstanding, unusually close intelligence-sharing arrangements). Brennan would not answer the question directly, but he emphasized U.S. ties not with Australia but with Britain:

The F.B.I. has [a] very close relationship with its British counterparts. And so, the F.B.I. had visibility into a number of things that were going on involving some individuals who may have had some affiliation with the Trump campaign. And so, the intelligence that we collected was pulsed against that. And I thought it would have been derelict if the F.B.I. did not pull the threads, investigative threads, on American persons who might have been involved with Russia and working on their behalf either wittingly or unwittingly.

Sounds like the FBI, with support from the CIA, had some cooperative intelligence venture with British authorities that enabled the Bureau to monitor Trump-campaign figures. That is significant because Papadopoulos has acknowledged meeting in Britain with people who claimed Kremlin ties and who told him Russia had thousands of Clinton’s emails. Did the FBI’s British operation involve using a spy to interact with Trump-campaign figures, such as Papadopoulos, on British soil? Brennan didn't say.

3. In December 2017, McCabe testified in a closed hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. The Washington Examiner's Byron York reported that McCabe "said on more than one occasion that the FBI had worked hard to verify the dossier, telling lawmakers that the FBI had at one point sent investigators to London as part of that effort" (emphasis added).

Did the FBI's work to verify the dossier in London involve a human source? Did it involve other human sources in other places?

Also see this later column from McCarthy, where he examines the very, very redacted Page-Strzok emails, and comes away with the feeling that they have been redacted to hide the hand of Obama and senior Obama people overseeing the spy operation.

Now I don't know anything about anything else, but I would invite people to take a fresh look at Charles Ross' March 28 report, which I excerpted on the blog.

I can read a horse to lines, but I can't make it read between the lines.

By the way:

Would brave Truth-Teller Jake Tapper, who is a good man who believes in goodness, care to bravely, truthfully retract his previous "reporting" that claims that Obama was spying on Trump were #FakeNews?

If Jakey is too much of a Prancing Pillowbiter to admit he was wrong, perhaps he can call Tater and ask him to make the correction on his behalf?

Oh -- and I wonder how #JakesHarem of drooling fellators will greet this news? Oh that's right, they'll pretend it didn't happen at all. Just like their girthy, musky hero Jake.

As Streiff observed of #JakesHarem:

Note that one of the bylines in the story cited above belongs to one of the guys fired over the Scaramucci story and another is Jake Tapper who, for reasons that escapes me, has reduced a lot of alleged conservatives to a fanboi status that borders on homoeroticism.

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