The Cambridge professor who assisted the FBI in the Russia investigation apparently has significant ties to the Russian government along with sources connected directly to President Vladimir Putin, leading a Defense Department whistleblower to conclude that the entire Russia-Trump collusion probe was a “set-up.”
Investigative reporter Sara Carter reported that information provided by the whistleblower, Adam Lovinger, documents Stefan Halper’s work with the CIA and with the FBI’s “CrossFire Hurricane” investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Halper, it turns out, was directly involved on the FBI’s behalf with three key targets of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation: Trump campaign volunteers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, and campaign foreign policy adviser and later national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
The Pentagon suspended Lovinger’s top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, after he exposed through an internal review the government’s payment of about $1 million in taxpayer funds to Halper to write Defense Department foreign policy reports.
Lovinger’s lawyer, Sean Bigley, said his client’s security clearance was eventually revoked in March 2018, despite the Pentagon “refusing to turn over a single page of its purported evidence of Lovinger’s wrongdoing.”
As WND reported, the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch is trying to obtain relevant records.
Bigley suspects Lovinger was punished because he “unwittingly shined a spotlight on the deep state’s secret weapon – Stefan Halper – and threatened to expose the truth about the Trump-Russia collusion narrative than being plotted: that it was all a set-up.”
Professor turned FBI informant
Halper, 73, has developed top-level government connections through his work with members of the intelligence apparatus, Carter pointed out.
The contacts and the information Halper collected later were utilized by the FBI against the Trump campaign.
But during his time hosting the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar at the University of Cambridge, Carter found, Halper shifted from his roles as a professor and former government consultant to FBI informant on the Trump campaign.
In 2016, Halper made contact with Trump campaign volunteer Page, the target of the surveillance warrant obtained by presenting the dubious, Democrat-financed, anti-Trump dossier as evidence.
The FBI used Halper to collect information on Page, staying in contact with him until September 2017, sources told Carter.
Significantly, Halper told reporters at the time of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar in December 2016 that he was concerned about “unacceptable Russian influence” on the election.
But Carter found that Halper also had invited senior Russian intelligence officials to co-teach his course on several occasions, including the former director of Russian intelligence, Gen. Vladimir I. Trubnikov.
And according to news reports, Halper accepted money to finance the course from a top Russian oligarch with ties to Putin, Andrey Cheglakov
A former senior intelligence official told Carter the FBI used Halper “to get more information on Trump aides, but it’s Halper who has the real connection to Russia.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Meadows said Tuesday he’s seen “hard evidence” that the FBI leaked information to media to justify the FISA warrants.
Halper also tied to Papadopoulos
Halper not only was spying on Page for the FBI in 2016, he had made contact in September 2016 with another Trump campaign volunteer, Papadopoulos, Carter reported, who later pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe for lying to the FBI.
Papadopoulos was lured to London by Halper, Carter found, with a $3,000 paycheck to work on a research paper under contract. Papadopoulos already had been in contact London-based professor Josef Mifsud, who claimed the Russians had damaging material about Hillary Clinton.
Papadopoulos’s wife, Simona Papadopoulos, told Carter her husband was forced to plead guilty because of threats from Mueller’s team and a lack of financial resources.
She said she testified to Congress that “as far as George is concerned, he met with individuals following the same pattern of behavior … and all of a sudden (Halper) was asking if he was doing anything with Russians.”
“This is the case with Halper, who is now proven to be a spy, possibly with (Australian Ambassador) Alexander Downer,” who her husband met with in London.
Halper and Michael Flynn
Halper also provided information about Trump’s first national security adviser, Flynn, who was forced to resign just 27 days into his tenure.
“The investigation into Trump didn’t start with Carter Page or George Papadapolous, but with Flynn,” a former senior intelligence source with knowledge of the matter told Cater. “Flynn was already on the CIA and Clinton target list. Those same people sure as hell didn’t want him in the White House and they sure as hell didn’t want Trump to win.”
Flynn was forced to resign after his highly classified conversation with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was leaked to the Washington Post in January 2017 and he was later questioned by the FBI.
FBI Director James Comey has said the agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he was lying.
Nevertheless, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Mueller’s special counsel team.
Carter said Halper already was providing information on Page, Papadopolous and Flynn when the bureau opened its Crossfire investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016.
Halper told the FBI in 2016 he witnessed interactions between Flynn and Russian academic Svetlana Lokhova at the February 2014 seminar dinner that seemed suspicious.
Without any evidence, he leaked his suspicions to London newspapers and eventually U.S. media.
Lokhova responded to the allegations in a May 2017 BBC News interview, saying she thought they were a joke.
Numerous witnesses confirmed Flynn and Lokhova spoke only for a short time at the dinner. And subsequent email exchanges were generic in nature, with Flynn asking her for a copy of a historical 1930s postcard she had brought to the seminar.
“But it didn’t matter that it wasn’t the truth,” the former senior intelligence official told Carter.
“It was already out there because of Halper’s allegations and the constant leaking and lying of false stories of those to the media.”