Papadopoulos: Alexander Downer Was ‘an Asset’ Sent to London ‘to Make Contact With Me’

George Papadopoulos, the former Trump Campaign adviser who was targeted in London and Rome by FBI (and possibly CIA) spies, Stefan Halper, Azra Turk, and Joseph Mifsud, added one more to the list this morning.

Joseph Mifsud is the mysterious Maltese professor who told Papa-D he knew of political dirt on Hillary Clinton. Mifsud vanished from the public eye in late 2017, but Italian newspaper Il Foglio reported that he was hiding out last year in a rented flat in Rome for several months while being sought by an Italian court. The flat was reportedly paid for by “Link International,” a company co-owned by Link Campus, a small university presided over by Vincenzo Scotti, a former Italian intelligence official, and onetime interior minister.

Link Campus University is where Mifsud in March of 2016 first met George Papadopoulos, about a week after he became a Trump foreign policy adviser. Papadopoulos now believes the university is “a training school for Western spies.”  Mifsud’s lawyer recently told Il Foglio that Scotti is the one who urged him to try to set up Papadopoulos.

Alexander Downer is the senior Australian diplomat who met Papadopoulos at an upscale bar in London in May of 2016, which is allegedly when the young Trump adviser spilled what he knew about the  Clinton dirt.

Downer is believed to have reported what he learned to Australian authorities, who in turn told the FBI, leading to its counterintelligence investigation into the Trump Campaign code-named “Crossfire Hurricane.”

The Australian Government and Downer have thus far refused to confirm or deny the details of the meetings, citing a need to preserve national security, but BuzzFeed last month reported that the Australian government is prepared to confirm that the meeting indeed took place.

Stefan Halper, a foreign policy expert and Cambridge professor, subsequently met with Papadopoulos and Trump adviser Carter Page in London as part of the espionage operation.  Turk, the New York Times reported on Thursday, also met with Papadopoulos in London in September of 2016. The Times reported that she was an FBI asset, but Papadopoulos disputes that, saying in interviews and on Twitter that it is more likely that she was sent by the CIA.

He told conservative commentator Dan Bongino on his podcast Friday morning that he suspected right away that Turk was a spy.

Papadopoulos explained that while working in the Middle East in the energy business, he became accustomed to meeting shady characters who turn out to be secret agents.  Azra Turk fit this profile completely,” he said. He added that he believed Turk was working for the CIA and had links to Turkish intelligence.

“Her role there was to seduce me,” he alleged, explaining that she had tried to probe him on two matters, his involvement in the energy business in the Middle East, and to make him say something about the Russians colluding with Donald Trump, which he noted he knew nothing about. By September of 2016, he added, the intelligence operation should have figured out that he had no knowledge of Russia working with Trump, therefore, he thought Turk was there simply to bait him into saying something incriminating.

Papadopoulos also appeared on Fox news with Tucker Carlson Thursday night to discuss the New York Times report on the FBI’s use of “informants” to spy on the Trump Campaign.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements in January 2017 to FBI agents concerning his contacts with Russia-linked European professor Joseph Mifsud, and was arrested at Dulles airport that July. In his guilty plea, Papadopoulos acknowledged that in April 2016, Mifsud said Russia had “dirt” on Trump’s presidential-race rival, Hillary Clinton — several months before emails began leaking from her campaign as part of what authorities call a Russia-led hacking operation.

It has long been suggested – in court documents filed by Mueller’s team, by Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the media – that Mifsud was connected to Russian intelligence, though others insist that he more closely associated with Western governments and their intelligence agencies.

“Quite frankly, I don’t think anybody is buying that this guy was some Russian intermediary or Russian spy trying to collude with me,” Papadopoulos told Fox News. “Quite frankly, even people like Rudy Giuliani are going public and stating that he was probably part of some sort of setup.”

“The London operation to yielded no fruitful information,” the Times admitted in its report, Thursday. Yet somehow, that exculpatory information undercutting the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory never made into the FBI’s applications for FISA warrants.

The fact that the New York Times posted their story admitting the use of multiple “informants” now, suggests that more inconvenient truths about the CIA and FBI’s espionage campaign against Team Trump are about to break loose and some complicit Deep State actors are trying to get ahead of the narrative.

The Times did its best to spin the scandal, writing: “F.B.I. officials have called the bureau’s activities in the months before the election both legal and carefully considered under extraordinary circumstances.”

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be the judge of that, and the results of his investigation could be made public as early as this month.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.