The Tale of a ‘Deep State Target’

Daniel Lazare reviews George Papadopoulos’s book about his misadventures with a nest of intelligence agents.

By Daniel Lazare
Special to Consortium News

Now that Russian collusion is dead and buried thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the big question is how and why such charges arose.  George Papadopoulos’s “Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump” doesn’t tell the whole story.  But this account by one of the crusade’s first victims pulls the covers off a few important aspects.

It describes a lengthy entrapment scheme that began when Papadopoulos told co-workers that presidential candidate Donald Trump was about to appoint him to his foreign-policy advisory team.

The time was March 2016, the place the London Centre of International Law Practice, where Papadopoulos was working as an energy consultant, a job that mainly involves meeting with diplomats and going out for a dinner and drinks.  Regarding the LCILP, he recalls it as a “strange operation” where there’s “no actual law practice going on that I can see” and which he later suspects is an intelligent front.

The reaction to his announcement was not good.  “You should not be working with Trump,” one of Papadopoulos’s bosses tells him. “He’s a threat to society.  He’s a racist.  He’s anti-Muslim.”

But the tone changes when another LCILP director insists that he join him for a three-day conference at Link Campus University, a privately-owned educational center in Rome.  There he is introduced to a well-dressed Maltese academic in his mid-fifties named Joseph Mifsud.

“He asks about my background,” Papadopoulos writes. “He asks if I have Russian contacts. I shake my head.  ‘I heard you have connections,’ I say.  ‘And that you might be able to help me with the campaign.’”

“Oh yes, absolutely,” Mifsud replies.  “Let’s talk tonight.  Let’s go to dinner.”

Into the Rabbit Hole

With that, the author enters into a rabbit hole filled with twists and turns in which he found himself in the middle of a deep-state intelligence war over Trump’s alleged Kremlin ties and by the end of which he had served a 12-day sentence in a medium-security federal prison.

 

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In late April, Mifsud takes him to breakfast at a London hotel and informs him that he had just returned from Russia where officials say they have “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.  “Emails of Clinton,” Mifsud says.  “They have thousands of emails.”  Papadopoulos writes it off as idle chitchat by a dubious diplomatic networker whom he has come to see as all talk and no action.

A friend from the Australian embassy introduces him to a top Aussie diplomat named Alexander Downer, who tells him over gin-and-tonics that his foreign-policy ideas are all wet.

A British foreign-ministry official takes him out for still more drinks and grills him about Russia.

Stefan Halper, an old CIA hand turned Cambridge academic, contacts him out of the blue and pesters him about Russia as well.

Cambridge University, where Dearlove and Halper ran an intelligence seminar. (foshie via Flickr)

Cambridge University, where Harper was teaching. (foshie via Flickr)

A mysterious Belorussian-American name Sergei Millian offers him a secret $30,000-a-month PR job but only if he continues working for Trump.

An Israeli-American businessman named Charles Tawil buys him lunch at a steakhouse in Skokie, Ill. Later, in Greece, they go clubbing together in Mykonos, and then Tawil flies Papadopoulos to Israel where he presents him with $10,000 in cash – money that a wary Papadopoulos leaves with a lawyer in Thessaloniki.

While flying back to the U.S. in July 2017, Papadopoulos runs into a squad of FBI agents as he is changing planes.  “And then, finally, it dawns on me as they are going through my bags,” he writes.  “Charles Tawil and the money.  They are looking for $10,000 in undeclared cash!  That fucking guy was setting me up.”

“I’ve barely slept in two days,” he goes on after appearing before a judge.  “I’m wearing the same shirt that I left Athens in.  I smell like garbage.  I look like garbage.  I’m disoriented – because while I’ve just finally heard the charges, I still don’t really understand any of it.” To his horror, he learns that he is facing 25 years in prison on charges of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

What was going on?  Although Papadopoulos doesn’t go into the pre-history, we know from other sources that, by late 2015, intelligence agencies were buzzing over reports that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were reaching out to one another behind the scenes.

Three Mood-Setting Events 

Spooks are paranoid by profession, but three recent events had put them particularly on edge.  One was the Euromaidan uprising in Kiev in early 2014, which, by driving out an allegedly pro-Russian president, sparked a parallel revolt among Russian speakers in the east.  Another was in Syria where U.S. backing of Islamist rebels had prompted Russia to intervene in support of President Bashar al-Assad.  The third was on the U.S. campaign trail where Trump was thoroughly shocking foreign-policy “experts” by sounding off against regime change and making friendly noises toward Putin.

Protesters clash with police in Kiev, Ukraine, February 2014. (Wikimedia Commons)

Protesters clash with police in Kiev, Ukraine, February 2014. (Wikimedia Commons)

“But I think that I would probably get along with him very well,” Trump said of the Russian president in October 2015.  When CNN host John Dickerson asked about Russian air assaults, he replied: “And as far as him attacking ISIS, I’m all for it. If he wants to be bombing the hell out of ISIS, which he’s starting to do, if he wants to be bombing ISIS, let him bomb them, John.  Let him bomb them.  I think we [can] probably work together much more so than right now.”

Intelligence agencies might have conceded that the U.S. was wrong to encourage far-right elements in Kiev and that it was equally mistaken in giving backhanded support to Al Qaeda and ISIS in the Middle East. They might have granted that Trump, for all his reality-TV bluster, had a point.  But western intelligence agencies don’t do self-criticism.  What they did was blame Putin for messing up their plans for a clean coup in Kiev and an equally neat ouster of Assad and then blamed Trump for arguing in his behalf. From there, it was a very short step to concluding that Trump was not only siding with Putin, but conspiring with him.

Individual intelligence assets went into action to prove this  theory correct and, if need be, to invent a conspiracy where none existed. Joseph Mifsud was apparently among them.  “Deep State Target” devotes a fair amount of space to his background.  Although Mueller’s indictment says Mifsud had “substantial connections to Russian government officials,” a wealth of data indicates the opposite. 

‘Only One Master’

Stephan Roh, a Swiss-German lawyer who employed Mifsud as a consultant, writes in a self-published book that he has “only one master: the Western Political, Diplomatic, and Intelligence World, his only home, of which he is still deeply dependent.” Mifsud has been photographed with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and veteran diplomat Claire Smith, a top British intelligence official. Indeed, Mifsud taught a course with Smith for Italian military and law-enforcement personnel at the same Link Campus where he’d met Papadopolous.

Entrance to Link University in Rome.(Carlo Dani via Wikimedia Commons)

Entrance to Link University in Rome. (Carlo Dani via Wikimedia Commons)

Mifsuds’s ties with western intelligence are thus multifarious and deep.  The same goes for the other people with whom ran Papadopoulos had contact.

Alexander Downer, the Aussie diplomat with whom he had drinks, turns out to be a director of a London private intelligence firm known as Hakluyt & Co., which counts among its close associates Halper, the Cambridge academic who was ex-CIA, and Sir Richard Dearlove, ex-director of MI6, the British equivalent of the CIA.  These two — Dearlove and Halper — ran an intelligence seminar at Cambridge and are also partners in a private venture calling itself “The Cambridge Security Initiative.”  (See Spooks Spooking Themselves,Consortium News, May 31, 2018.) 

Millian, the man who offered Papadopoulos $30,000 a month, turns out to be a source for the notorious Steele Dossier, compiled by ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele.  Steele, in turn, sought counsel at one point from fellow Cambridge man Dearlove on how to spread his findings.  According to one of Willian’s buddies, Millian works for the FBI as well.

All of which is enough to get anyone’s conspiratorial juices flowing.

As for Charles Tawil, he arouses Papadopoulos’s fears of an intelligence link once he arrives in Mykonos by boasting of his friendship with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and then-South African President Jacob Zuma, and declaring of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, “it wasn’t our fault he got caught.”  In Israel, he brags about helping to wiretap Syrian strong man Hafez al-Assad, father of the current president.  “We could have killed him at any time,” he says.  Finally, Papadopoulos reveals a private diplomatic cable citing Tawil as a U.S. intelligence asset back in 2006.

Five intelligence assets were thus hounding Papadopoulos at every turn while a sixth was compiling the dossier that would send Russia-gate into overdrive. It added up to the greatest propaganda campaign since the furor over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, and, like those nonexistent WMDs, turns out to have been manufactured out of thin air.

Full-Court Press

“Deep State Target” is vague about many details and Papadopoulos doesn’t have all the answers about Russia-gate.  No one at this point does.  But his book leaves little doubt that he was the victim of a full-court press by intelligence assets in and around the FBI, CIA, and MI6.

Like everyone, Mifsud knew about Clinton’s emails – the ones she stored on her private server, not those that Wikileaks would later release – and fed Papadopoulos tidbits about a supposed Russia connection in the hope, no doubt, that he would pass them along to the Trump campaign.  When he didn’t, Downer nonetheless reported back to Canberra that Papadopoulos had told him something along those lines. (Papadopoulos does not remember saying any such thing.) Once Canberra told Washington, the FBI investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, was on.

Halper tried to get him to admit to working with Russia: “It’s great that Russia is helping you and the campaign, right, George? George, you and your campaign are involved in hacking and working with Russia, right?  It seems like you are a middleman for Trump and Russia, right?  I know you know about the emails.”

Millian sends him an email shortly before the election telling him to “[p]lease be very cautious these last few days.  Even to the point of not leaving your food and drinks out of eye sight.”

“Obviously a Greek Orthodox guy like you has close ties to Russia,” Charles Tawil, observes, leaving it to Papadopoulos to fill in the blanks.

Diehard Russia-truthers will point out that, even though the charge that Papadopoulos obstructed justice by misleading the FBI was dropped, Papadopoulos is still a convicted liar who pled guilty to misleading the FBI about the exact timing of his meetings with Mifsud.  But he says that he was frightened and nervous and didn’t have his lawyer present and that he didn’t even remember what he had said until he read it in the indictment.

He also says he now regrets taking his then-lawyers’ advice to cop a plea: “There was never any pre-trial discovery.  We never saw – or at least I hadn’t seen – the transcript of my interview, so all we had was the prosecutor’s word regarding what I had said.  And we caved.” But he was an amateur running out of money while doing battle with a prosecutor with a $25-million budget.  He had little choice.  Russia-gate was unstoppable – until the collusion theory finally collapsed.

Daniel Lazare is the author of “The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy” (Harcourt Brace, 1996) and other books about American politics.  He has written for a wide variety of publications from The Nation to Le Monde diplomatiqueand blogs about the Constitution and related matters at Daniellazare.com.

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35 comments for “The Tale of a ‘Deep State Target’

  1. Trailer Trash
    April 11, 2019 at 09:01

    I often wonder why anyone would ever talk to the FBI. I assume it is arrogance, that people like Papadopoulos are so full of themselves that they believe they can outsmart the cops. That is a really bad strategy. There are only two phrases to say to the FBI:

    “I want a lawyer.”
    “No Comment.”

  2. April 11, 2019 at 06:50

    As usual, Israeli fingerprints all over this

  3. Robert Mayer
    April 6, 2019 at 14:40

    Tnx CN/ Daniel.
    That bookcover is practically an education in marketing… towit prospect (reader) enters vendor facility & which product catches eye?
    Clo$e!
    Though no longer a Clinton family fan imo any holder/ curator of sensitive info would be best served using private not cloud storage… enemies of said pols from the (book color) side prob pissed off at hack difficulty!

  4. Clyde Adams III
    April 6, 2019 at 08:14

    ‘…Mueller’s indictment says Mifsud had “substantial connections to Russian government officials,”…’
    This is not correct.
    The indictment says ‘…defendant PAPADOPOULOS understood…’ that Mifsud had such contacts.

    • Skip Scott
      April 8, 2019 at 07:45

      A very important point indeed!

  5. Abe
    April 5, 2019 at 14:11

    George Papadopoulos is directly connected to the pro-Israel Lobby, right wing Israeli political interests, and Israeli government efforts to control regional energy resources.

    Papadopoulos’ LinkedIn page lists his association with the right wing Hudson Institute. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank part of pro-Israel Lobby web of militaristic security policy institutes that promote Israel-centric U.S. foreign policy.

    The Hudson Institute confirmed that Papadopoulos was an intern who left the neoconservative think tank in 2014.

    In 2014, Papadopoulos authored op-ed pieces in Israeli publications.

    In an op-ed published in Arutz Sheva, media organ of the right wing Religionist Zionist movement embraced by the Israeli “settler” movement, Papadopoulos argued that the U.S. should focus on its “stalwart allies” Israel, Greece, and Cyprus to “contain the newly emergent Russian fleet”.

    In another op-ed published in Ha’aretz, Papadopoulos contended that Israel should exploit its natural gas resources in partnership with Cyprus and Greece rather than Turkey.

    In November 2015, Papadapalous participated in a conference in Tel Aviv, discussing the export of natural gas from Israel with a panel of current and past Israeli government officials including Ron Adam, a representative of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Eran Lerman, a former Israeli Deputy National Security Adviser.

    Israeli attacks on Syria and threatened military assault on Lebanon have a lot to do with natural gas resources, both offshore from Gaza and on land in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights region. Among its numerous violations of United Nations Resolution 242, Israel annexed the Syrian Golan Heights in 1981.

    • geeyp
      April 6, 2019 at 04:40

      Under the author’s name for his .com site, the “D” is not underlined. Therefore the link does not work.

    • Piotr Berman
      April 9, 2019 at 12:48

      It seems that Papadopoulos was an opportunist who went were the wind blows and money flows. It is kind of fashionable to justify various policies with oil and gas opportunities, it sounds convincing to the rich folks and even to hoi polloi glad that the government works to keep the gasoline prices down. I got dubious about it after GWB Iraqi war which was marketed as a war for oil. I recall an international conference in London on the sole topic how Iraqi oil industry can be rationally reorganized, it happened few months before the war. So we got a war for oil that did not bring any oil.

      Iraqi war was marketed pretty much like herbal dietary supplements — a long list of beneficial effects without “controlled studies”. It was supposed to bring low oil prices, peace between Palestinians and Israelis, create flourishing showcase of democracy bringing all folks around to Western democratic universe — Syria, Iran, Lebanon “for starters”, obviously prosperity in the region, I can’t recall all of it. An actual snake oil salesman would be envious.

      Back to Papadopoulos, apparently his line of business was justifying foreign policy by energy benefits, but he was just a disposable mercenary who made a good choice for being a patsy.

  6. Tristan
    April 5, 2019 at 12:52

    Caveat, I do not support Trump, I also do not agree with the present system of government as practiced presently, it is not democratic, it is an oligarchic kakistocracy. As we were informed a while back by the esteemed Chuck Schumer, “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer…”.

    I do find this article to be informative.

  7. April 5, 2019 at 11:40

    The whole Russia Gate saga is truly an extraordinary story that will be written and talked about for a long time. Hearing from the targets of the investigation, despite the bias of the victims that likely occurs, paints a picture of the zealotry of the intelligence community. I recall reading a comment by one of the members of VIPS Philip Girardi that he was surprised at the vehemence of Russia haters in the intelligence community. Like being hard wired by the first Cold War and not being able to let go.

    Then alleged behavior of the Israeli Tawil? engaging in a set up. Was he acting as an old CIA cold warrior or did Israel have an interest in destroying Trump?

    Would make a great Carre’ novel. Is he still alive?

    • BRANKA AL-HAMDY
      April 11, 2019 at 15:08

      Trump had to cut a deal. End Mueller investigation, in return to benefits to one party, and one alone. Israel gets the goodies, Netanyahu is reelected, Trump agrees to Venezuela warmongering, with Abrams in charge. Abrams has the keys to Trump’s future — no matter what happens in Venezuela, it will be Trump’s fault, unless he delivers — list from A to Z is ready.

  8. Skip Scott
    April 5, 2019 at 08:43

    I think Trump was surprised by the extent of the Deep State’s animosity towards Putin’s Russia during the campaign. He was shooting from the hip, and didn’t know he’d crossed a “red line”. The MSM continually refers to Russia as a “hostile” foreign power, when what they really mean is “sovereign” foreign power. Russia was in the well behaved “vassal” group under Yeltsin when the looters were free to pillage to their hearts’ content, but all that changed when Putin expelled the worst of the oligarchs and Russian authorities arrested Magnitsky for tax fraud.

    RussiaGate has brought Trump to heel, and he will do whatever his handlers want regarding foreign policy. For the Empire, the most important part of RussiaGate has been a success. Trump will probably get us into another war somewhere with the hopes of getting the same popularity boost that Bush got after 9/11. And he will also let them arrest and prosecute Assange despite his declared “love” for Wikileaks. In the end, for Trump it’s all about Trump. Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

    • April 5, 2019 at 11:51

      Skip Scott, liked your analysis which seems right.

      “RussiaGate has brought Trump to heel, and he will do whatever his handlers want regarding foreign policy. For the Empire, the most important part of RussiaGate has been a success. ”

      I certainly agreed at the outset with your statement, but Trump is such a natural born political animal, I have no way of predicting what he would have done if not for Russia Gate. Clearly it made it impossible to move toward détente because of the onslaught. I tend to believe he would have moved toward détente but for the Russia Gate ambush.

      • Skip Scott
        April 5, 2019 at 15:24

        As with nearly all politicians, it is hard to tell if Trump was sincere during his campaign and later bullied into submission, or if he was lying during his campaign. Thanks to Wikileaks we know Hillary was lying to us all along.

        I do believe that Trump would have sought detente with Russia, and even cooperation in the “war on terror”. I doubt that he knew that the Deep State was actually arming the terrorists and using them for their own evil purposes. But in the end, I believe Trump is a true narcissist, and not much of a deep thinker. He has been schooled with RussiaGate, and will seek to protect his ego in the future at all costs.

      • April 5, 2019 at 23:03

        “it is hard to tell if Trump was sincere during his campaign” Trump was so incoherent that perhaps “sincerity” cannot characterize his campaign. On foreign affairs, he was roughly against anything that Obama did, and as Obama had his share of imperial games, it could seem like a more reasonable approach. But he also praised Bolton, the most rabid imperial dog of them all, so it was a hint about his policies. On domestic issues he made some promises that were so impossible that it begs the question if he is stupid or a pathological liar. Mexico will pay for the wall of his design, hm. Affordable Care Act will be replaced with “something marvelous”. He had two years of majorities in both houses to show that replacement, right?

        The most persistent attempt of doing something good is negotiating a settlement with North Korea. Yet, so far he applied only rank intimidation and hyper maximalist demands, and selected Bolton and Pompeo to guide him. It is not like someone put the head of his favorite horse on his bad promising to do it to him and to his adorable family if he nominates some paleocons among his advisors etc.

        To say that Trump is “not much of a deep thinker” is like saying that G.W. Bush and Reagan “lacked intellectual curiosity”, a favorite phrase in media that apparently means “competing with a door hinge for the most rank stupidity”. Another nice “delicate phrase” that I like is “often misunderstood” (apparent meaning: mean ba…d). Trump thinks to randomly to make a good competition for the most stupid person, but he is surely often misunderstood.

      • Skip Scott
        April 8, 2019 at 07:54

        Yes, “sincerity” was a bad word choice. Although I’m no psychologist, I believe Trump has some kind of personality disorder that makes sincerity impossible. That said, I believe his intent during the campaign was to engage with Putin’s Russia in a more cooperative manner, and he didn’t realize that was a big no-no to the real rulers of empire.

    • April 5, 2019 at 15:25

      When you say sovereign = being propagandized as hostile, you’re hitting the nail on the head. The one thing the US can’t stand is a nation that thinks for itself or puts the needs of its citizens first (no matter the ideology or strategy of the state; the US doesn’t seem to really care about such things unless they potentially impinge on corporations or military contracts).

    • BRANKA AL-HAMDY
      April 11, 2019 at 15:18

      He and many others were surprised. It turned out he stepped into the path of “futurists” who have already decided that Russia is the enemy. Just they needed to takes us there, gently. Trump happened, and had to improvise. Russia collusion was never about collusion or Trump, but about making sure that there is no pubic support for the dangerous idea of collaborating with Russia. So, now that have Russia in the crosshairs, a bit prematurely, and they will pay for it. Democrats got Assange, so they can further exonerate Hillary for losing, and take us as far away as possible for their obstruction of justice, by denying FBI access to the servers that were supposedly hacked. Having destroyed the servers and gotten away with it — not they can proceed with lying and spinning to their hearts content

      As for Trump, another victim of presidency. But as Nixon said, better resign then end up like Jack. Trump gave them a scare, and they will never forgive it.

      As for Russia, forewarned is forearmed.

    • Jeff Davis
      April 11, 2019 at 15:42

      “In the end, for Trump it’s all about Trump. Mirror, mirror, on the wall…”

      This is one of the most popular of the bs TDS “tropes”. Keep stroking yourself all the way to Jan 2025.

      Or, alternatively, tape to your temples the stripped end of an old extension cord, and pug ‘er in. If you survive this DIY electroshock brain wipe, start over again, this time with facts.

  9. GMC
    April 5, 2019 at 07:17

    Sometimes, when little American boys head across the Pond, they find that they haven’t the street smarts needed, in order to play with International Sharks that are out hunting. Either Pappas was a naive young man, or is playing dumb as in a CIA trainee. Doesn’t matter anyways, the media and Washington is as corrupt as it gets. LOL- arrested for Lying to the Government – that’s rich – eh ?

    • SteveK9
      April 5, 2019 at 16:18

      From what little I have read about Papadopoulos he seems to have been very naive, not very smart, and a peripheral figure trying to get a position with Trump. He was brought in along with others, when Trump’s campaign suddenly realized he was going to be nominated, and he might want to sound like he knew something about foreign affairs. He really does seem like a very small fish that got caught up in something that could have been very serious for him. He may be smarter than people think though, as he didn’t carry the $10K in cash back to the US.

      • Michael Fiorillo
        April 6, 2019 at 10:47

        The man still had participation in his high school Model UN on his resume. That should tell us a lot about his background and experience.

        As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve had decades of observing Trump’s vicious antics, and have no illusions about him. That said, the gross malfeasance of the FBI, the National Security State and the mainstream media is going to emerge in the coming months, and is likely to help re-elect him.

        The Russiagate Truthers will have accomplished the near-impossible: turning Donald J. Trump into a victim. Thanks, deranged liberals.

  10. Dennis Rice
    April 4, 2019 at 22:28

    I am no lover of Trump, Hillary, Putin nor Biden. We still do not have the report of Mueller, who is no one’s fool. It is insane to believe that he was not on to something for two years besides exposing only people below Trump.

    Anyone can write a book. Why does anyone want to accept the word of a slime ball?

    Trump is a chump used by Putin

    • SteveK9
      April 5, 2019 at 08:57

      And, Saddam was really hiding a nuclear bomb in his basement.

    • Eric32
      April 5, 2019 at 11:29

      > report of Mueller, who is no one’s fool<

      Of course not, otherwise how could someone whose main career was as a civil servant, report a net worth between $4.2 million and $15.2 million, earning 3.5 million in part of 2016?

      It was especially un-foolish of him to confirm that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction prior to the US invasion.

      Being an FBI bureaucrat is great preparation – what a useful guy.

    • Jeff Davis
      April 11, 2019 at 15:51

      Trump is tall, brash, confident, entirely masculine, rich, famous, a celebrity, NY man-about-town, tv star, world-class horn-doggie who gets all the best babes, and now he’s added President of the United States/Leader of the Free World to his list of accomplishments. Trump is the man Hugh Hefner would have wanted to be if he hadn’t been Hugh Hefner. You on the other hand are a nobody. You are the chump. You wish you were Trump.

  11. Jeff Harrison
    April 4, 2019 at 19:28

    Is he a convicted liar because he misled the FBI on the timing of his meetings with Mifsud? That’s misspoke myself territory.

  12. mtbinary
    April 4, 2019 at 15:46

    Papadopoulos made the best choice of his life when he left that $10k in Israel. If he hadn’t done that, this whole story would be far worse.

    For a small time guy, you could say he bested a well organized plot to hang him and the Trump campaign out to dry. Trump will pardon him before he steps away. He probably owes him more than just a simple pardon.

    • April 5, 2019 at 23:12

      In Thessaloniki. There is even a good chance that he will see most of it. But the book sound interesting, so he may have some gain there, plus he may be invited to give lecture series “How to set sting operations and how to avoid them”, perhaps titled “Asymmetric warfare at home and abroad”.

    • April 6, 2019 at 07:16

      He didn’t leave it in Israel. He left it in Thessaloniki, Greece.

  13. Antonio Costa
    April 4, 2019 at 15:22

    UK is in this deep, MI5 and 6. The dossier, and the multiple “nerve” gas attacks jumped without evidence that it’s all been Russia all UK set ups.

    Trump is likely clueless.

  14. Eric32
    April 4, 2019 at 14:37

    A story that seems to be developing that might mesh with the Hillary and the Dems “hate Putin, tar Trump with being a Russian loving traitor” is Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s involvement in Ukrainian politics and petroleum interests.

    There’s speculation that a partial motive in setting the off the Maidan riots, sniper attacks, toppling the elected leadership, igniting a small war in the eastern part of the Ukraine, involved getting access to a prospective region for a natural gas fracking project.

    Like they say – follow the money.

    • GMC
      April 5, 2019 at 07:28

      Actually E/32 The big prize was multiple – Monsanto, Cargill, John Deere, Iowa St. Univ. Dupont, Lily Pharma etc. , were in Ukraine trying to buy in, years before the MaiDan. Of course , Crimea was a huge prize if they could get it but they were too slow and once the Nazis started killing Crimeans – the Sevastopol Russian marines drove over to the border and shut it down until they left. Anyways, your assumption of the oil and gaz is spot on. Today, those Globalist mention abv. now own the Farmland and shipping ports that export grain which is 3rd in the world and of course the US Navy protects that port next to Odessa. And guess who will be buying their grain since American farmers are underwater and have lost their crops and animals? I was in Ukraine before durin and after MaiDan – Everybody Knows ! Spacib

  15. mike k
    April 4, 2019 at 14:04

    Our US government is all about lies and criminal plots. We the public are in the hands of the very worst among us.

    • Jim other
      April 7, 2019 at 09:08

      Second that!

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