Thursday, November 29, 2018

All roads lead to UK, Western intel on FISA declassification, Papadopoulos declares on way to 14-day prison sentence


Maybe there was foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections — by the United Kingdom and Western intelligence agencies.
That is what George Papadopoulos has been saying as he is now serving out a 14-day prison sentence for forgetting or lying about what his start date was with the Trump campaign in 2016 when he spoke to federal investigators about his 2016 meetings he had with Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud and supposed Russian officials.
And, Papadopoulos declares, declassifying the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court papers will prove it.
In his final tweet before heading to prison, Papadopoulos on Nov. 26 posted on Twitter“Still can’t believe the day I am going to a federal prison camp, mainstream media says am going for my Russia contacts. I have never met a single Russian official in my life. I have, however, met many western intel sources — Joseph Mifsud — who people still call ‘Russian.’ Facts. USA…”
Here, Papadopoulos is alleging that Mifsud — and everyone who he introduced Papadopoulos to — were not Russian officials at all, but what he now calls “decoys” that were orchestrated by Western intelligence agencies.
According to the statement of offense by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in March 2016 and while in Italy, Papadopoulos met an overseas professor, who turned out to be Mifsud, based in London who “claimed to have substantial connections with Russian government officials.” Eventually he was introduced to a female Russian national who Papadopoulos was introduced as Vladimir Putin’s niece — she wasn’t — with the purpose being to set up an eventual meeting between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
On April 26, Papadopoulos was teased by the professor that, according to the special counsel, “the Russians had obtained ‘dirt’ on then-candidate Clinton. The Professor told defendant Papadopoulos, as defendant Papadopoulos later described to the FBI, that ‘They [the Russians] have dirt on her’; ‘the Russians had emails of Clinton’; ‘they have thousands of emails.’”
Papadopoulos has claimed at the time he thought the emails were not DNC or John Podesta emails that eventually appeared on Wikileaks, but were from Hillary Clinton’s private server that contained classified information, something that had been publicly reported at the time. That is, that it was possible Russia had hacked the Clinton server. No emails were ever delivered to Papadopoulos.
As for the contacts, Papadopoulos now contends that they were not Russian agents at all, but Western intelligence operatives whose job it was to set up and sabotage the Trump campaign....Continue article here

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