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Was Papadopoulos the victim of a sting? Some evidence suggests it

Russians whom Papadopoulos met were not what they seemed and ‘Putin’s niece’ was no such thing

Alexander Mercouris




Following George Papadopoulos’s indictment for lying to the FBI, the British newspaper The Guardian – one of the most fervid believers in the Russiagate conspiracy theory – has produced a very interesting timeline of George Papadopoulos’s alleged dealings with the Russians.

It turns out that – as I suspected – the Russian woman who is said to have been introduced to Papadopoulos by the academic as Putin’s niece was in reality no such thing and has no family connection to Putin at all.  It also turns out that a meeting Papadopoulos claimed to have had with Alexander Yakovenko – Russia’s formidable ambassador to Britain – never took place.

That begs the question of whether any of the people Papadopoulos dealt with who he claims to have thought were Russian officials really were Russian officials, and if they were what authority they had to negotiate with him?

This further begs the question of the reality of the entire scenario set out in the Papadopoulos indictment?

There has to be at least a possibility that Papadopoulos was set up by someone who was out to prove that there were illicit connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Here it is worth pointing out that there is no doubt that a deception of some sort was being carried out.  In at least two cases Papadopoulos believed or relayed false information – that the Russian woman he was dealing with was Putin’s niece and that he had met with ambassador Yakovenko.  The only question is who was responsible for the deception?

One possibility obviously is that it was the Russians.  However that is scarcely likely.  Why would they want to pass off a woman falsely as Putin’s niece when she was no such thing or pretend to a meeting between Papadopoulos and ambassador Yakovenko which never happened?  The latter would presumably require the Russians getting someone to play the part of Yakovenko in order to deceive Papadopoulos, which seems farfetched and frankly ridiculous.

The second possibility is that Papadopoulos made these interactions up possibly in order to hype up his own importance.  The fact that he lied about his interactions with the academic and the Russians to the FBI suggests someone with an uncertain grip on reality.  It is not impossible that in his reports to the Trump campaign he made the people he was dealing with appear more important than they really were, and it may be that it was embarrassment about this which caused him to lie to the FBI.

However the third possibility that Papadopoulos was being set up by someone out to prove a connection between the Russians and the Trump campaign is one which cannot be completely discounted.

I have previously speculated that this may have been the true purpose behind the Donald Trump Junior/Natalia Veselnitskaya meeting of June last year, and I notice that this view is now starting to gain some traction. 

There does in fact seem to be a certain amount of commonality between the Donald Trump Junior/Natalia Veselnitskaya meeting and the pattern of Papadopoulos’s interactions with various Russians, which does at least give food for thought.

In both cases there was talk of the Russians possessing “dirt” on Hillary Clinton with (apparently) an implicit offer by the Russians to pass this on to the Trump campaign.

In both cases false information was provided about individuals who were allegedly part of the Russian power structure and who were involved in the discussions.

In the case of the Donald Trump Junior/Natalia Veselnitskaya meeting the individual whose identity was misrepresented was Natalia Veselnitskkaya who was falsely alleged to be a “Russian government attorney” working for a non-existent official called the “Crown Prosecutor of Russia”.

In the case of Papadopoulos’s interactions with the Russians it was the mysterious Russian woman who was alleged falsely to be Putin’s niece.

In both cases the deception appears to have been focused on securing a high level meeting with someone at the top of the Trump campaign.

in the case of the Donald Trump Junior/Natalia Veselnitskaya interactions, the meeting was the one which was eventually held between Natalia Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Junior.

In the case of Papadopoulos’s dealings with the Russians the meeting appears to have been intended to be with Donald Trump himself, with the suggestion of a meeting between Trump and Putin thrown in, perhaps as bait.

In both cases the purported offer of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton failed to elicit a response from the Trump campaign, and in both cases the whole process of interaction with the Russians collapsed shortly after.

Last but not least there is a British connection in both cases.

The person who introduced Veselnitskaya to Donald Trump Junior was Rob Goldstone, a British pop music presenter, who was the person who told Donald Trump Junior that Veselnitskaya was a “Russian government attorney” acting for the fictional “Crown Prosecutor of Russia”.

In Papadopoulos’s case the person who allegedly introduced him to the mysterious Russian woman was a London based academic who the indictment suggests was the person who told Papadopoulos that she was President Putin’s niece.

Perhaps these are all coincidences, but it is possible that there is a pattern here.  Perhaps one day we may even find out.

Regardless, the underlying truth of this story is that Papadopoulos seems to have had no background in diplomacy or international relations work but was, like Carter Page – the other Trump foreign policy aide about whom so much has been said – a businessman and a lawyer with a background in the energy industry.

No doubt that explains why he was so far out of his depth and so easy to deceive.

As with Donald Trump Junior’s meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, much about Papadopoulos’s interactions with various Russians remains murky, and the whole truth may never become known.

However in light of the deception which took place the possibility that this was a set up or a sting has to be there.

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

The Helsinki summit is the first ever full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Their previous encounters were brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 and APEC summits in 2017.

Vladimir Rodzianko



Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for their first bilateral one-on-one meeting.

Trump arrived in the Finland capital a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation’s hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president’s motorcade whisked him straight to the palace where the two world leaders are meeting.

Trump signed an August 2017 law imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The law bars Trump from easing many sanctions without Congress’ approval, but he can offer some relief without a nod from Congress.

Almost 700 Russian people and companies are under U.S. sanctions. Individuals face limits on their travel and freezes on at least some of their assets, while some top Russian state banks and companies, including oil and gas giants, are effectively barred from getting financing through U.S. banks and markets.

The agenda of the summit hasn’t been officially announced yet, though, the presidents are expected to discuss global crises, such as the Syrian conflict and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.

Stay tuned for updates…

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

Alex Christoforou



A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou



US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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