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  • Cleveland: Halper cited Russian agent, who was also source for Steele, in 2015 paper written for the ONA

    Cleveland: Halper cited Russian agent, who was also source for Steele, in 2015 paper written for the ONA

    Well, lookie here. Seems Stefan Halper received money from government to chat up a Russian intelligence officer in 9/2015 contract and that same Russian intelligent agent would end up being a source for Steele.

    H/T: Twitter/ProfMJCleveland

    Grassley's letter is directed at James Baker, Director of the Office of Net Assessment in the Department of Defense, who was suspected of leaking the transcripts of General Flynn's phone calls with Kislyak to David Ignatius of the Washington Post.

    From the letter, read the section below that highlights this interesting new connection:

    In another contract, awarded in September 2015, Professor Halper lists former Deputy Foreign Minister for Russia, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, as a consultant and advisor to a paper delivered to ONA.6 Trubnikov is a known Russian intelligence officer, who was listed by Christopher Steele as a source in the now-debunked Steele dossier, which was used as a predicate to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil Trump Campaign adviser Carter Page. 7 It is unclear from the contracting officer file whether Professor Halper paid Trubnikov for his assistance in gathering information for this paper, or in what capacity Professor Halper interacted with Trubnikov during the course of performing work forthis contract. Further, reports indicate that Halper offered George Papadopoulos $3,000 for assistance in completing an energy study and met Carter Page at a Cambridge conference. 8 Given Professor Halper’s intelligence connections and government funding, it is reasonable to ask whether he used any taxpayer money in his attempt to recruit Trump campaign officials as sources.

    Read the entire Grassley letter to James Baker below or by clicking here.

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