According to the Times, the informant was a U.S. citizen, living abroad, who had repeated meetings with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. This individual was allegedly part of operation ‘Crossfire Hurricane.’ The person also had ties to multiple intelligence services across the world, such as the CIA and MI6. Could this individual be Stefan Halper, who has received more than $900,000 from the federal government? Could this be the key to unraveling this deep state plot?
Stefan Halper is a professor at the University of Cambridge, a prestigious British school. He also has CIA and MI6 contacts, which means that he is connected to the intelligence agencies in both the United States and England.
In other words, he fits the description of the ‘informant’ that met with members of the Trump campaign.
According to Page, the conversation was simple. The professor mentioned that he knew Paul Manafort, another person working on Donald J. Trump’s campaign.
But that was the first of many meetings between the two, who would meet repeatedly during the next 14 months. Incidentally, that is the same timeframe when the government investigated Page, including using questionably legal means to wiretap his phone.
The ongoing relationship between the pair included a number of meetings in person, including one at Halper’s Virginia farm.
Another Trump campaign figure who met the aged academic was George Papadopoulos. Whereas Halper’s connection with Page was somewhat jovial and friendly, his interactions with Papadopoulos were much more straightforward and businesslike.
The professor, who worked in the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and even the famed Ronald Reagan administration, called Papadopoulos, unsolicited. He called the campaign on September 2, and offered the staffer a chance to fly to London to discuss a paper concerning energy issues in Turkey, Cyprus, and other nations in the region.
He accepted the offer to fly to London, and met several times with Halper during his stay. They even had dinner one night at the famed Travellers Club, a London gentleman’s club frequented by international diplomats and the wealthy.
During his time in London, Papadopoulos and the professor were joined by Azra Turk, the professor’s Turkish assistant. The Trump staffer claimed that Turk flirted with him during the trip, and even sent flirtatious emails afterward.
He completed the paper, as he promised, and earned $3,000 for his time and effort. Meanwhile, Halper finalized a contract with the Pentagon’s think tank, the Office of Net Assessment.
According to records from the Pentagon, the professor has received $928,800 since 2012, in exchange for offering his expertise on no less than four policy projects for the Department of Defense and the Pentagon. He also allegedly just signed a contract to work for them in the future, for an unspecified sum and task.
Normally, Halper’s interest in working with people from the Donald Trump campaign would be easy to understand. He’s worked with republican presidential candidates before, and working on a campaign can be good (and easy) money for an expert with experience on winning campaigns in the past.
But his meetings, along with the information revealed today about the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ operation, seems to be too coincidental.
Leakers who exposed the operation to the New York Times said that, among other people involved in the clandestine operation, there was an informant.
This confidential informant was an American citizen, with ties to the both American and ‘friendly’ intelligence services. There are not many people who met all those qualifications, and even fewer who met all those criteria AND interacted with the members of the Trump campaign who were being monitored at the time (Manafort, Papadopoulos, Page, and Michael Flynn).
Many have suggested that Halper is the ‘informant’ who met with officials from the president’s successful campaign.
The FBI and congressional investigators refused to comment, and current and former government officials who leaked information about ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ did not say whether the informant worked with the FBI or the CIA.
Halper has a relationship with the CIA that goes back decades. He was allegedly in charge of a team of CIA agents who kept an eye on Jimmy Carter during his campaign, and his father-in-law, Ray Cline, was once the director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s bureau of intelligence and research.
At this point, it is just conjecture that Stefan Halper was the informant. However, it certainly seems possible, even likely.
Representative Devin Nunes might be able to get to find out the identity of the informant, if the Department of Justice would stop hampering his efforts, but there is no evidence that they will turn over information about the informant’s identity.
One thing seems certain, though; the investigation into the Trump campaign was questionably legal, and involved many underhanded, possibly illegal practices. Hopefully, this discovery will unravel the tanlged web woven by Clinton allies.