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June 26, 2018

Lee Smith: The Seven Mysterious Attempts to Infiltrate/Entrap Trump Campaign Associates

It's almost as if there were a covert operation against Trump, directed by high partisan officials of the US government.

Here's the first approach, and the second.

I have long found it very interesting that one man with connections to Western intelligence attempted to "incept" George Papadoplous with the claim that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton, and then another man with connections to Western intelligence then arranged, for some reason, to meet with Papadopolous and extract this same information from him.

Then this information was fed to the US government, and used as the basis for opening an investigation.

Almost as if this was all a set-up.

Also, note the very interesting detail near the end.

The first approach appears to have occurred on April 24, 2016. Over breakfast in a London hotel, a Maltese academic named Joseph Mifsud allegedly told George Papadopoulos, a volunteer adviser with the Trump campaign, that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. According to the Mueller team's charges against Papadopoulos, the information potentially damaging to Clinton was "in the form of thousands of emails."

As RCI previously reported, Mifsud denies having said anything about emails. It's not clear what information regarding Clinton, emails, or Russia he may have mentioned to Papadopoulos. According to the same indictment, Mifsud was believed to have "substantial connections to Russian government officials." However, as RCI has previously reported, the bulk of Mifsud's network consisted of Western, mostly British and Italian, intelligence officials, diplomats, and politicians.


Papadopoulos never mentioned Clinton emails to anyone in the campaign. But over a drink at a London bar, he told Australia's high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, that the Russians had some potentially damaging information on Clinton.

Downer, according to an interview in the Australian press, had asked for the meeting with the then 28-year-old Trump aide. Like Mifsud, Downer was an associate of several former high-ranking British intelligence officials. Downer also had long ties to the Clinton Foundation, once arranging for Australia to donate $25 million to its AIDS prevention and education efforts.

Downer's was the second approach made to the Trump campaign. Congressional investigators believe that Downer may have been assigned to collect whatever damaging information that the Maltese academic deposited with Papadopoulos.

Shortly after the meeting, Downer contacted the U.S. Embassy in London to report his conversation with an American citizen. This was unusual. As Australia's former foreign minister, a post charged with overseeing the country;s foreign intelligence service, Downer knew that such information must be shared through official intelligence channels. The person he instead chose to share this information with was Elizabeth Dibble, the U.S. Embassy's deputy chief of mission who had previously served under Hillary Clinton as the principal deputy assistant secretary of state.

It is unclear whether Dibble passed the information directly to the DOJ or to her superiors at the State Department. In any case, nearly two months passed before the FBI launched its full investigation into Trump/Russia ties -- and another 18 months would pass before it was leaked to the New York Times that that decision was a response to the Downer tip.

The reasons for the two-month delay are not clear. Dibble did not respond to request for comment. Nor did DOJ spokespersons.

A lot of this stuff involves Hillary's State Department cronies.

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posted by Ace of Spades at 03:33 PM

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