|Posted by JROE LIGHTFOOT on May 20, 2018 at 5:15 PM|
Cambridge Professor Outed as FBI Spy Inside Trump Campaign
According to the New York Post, a Cambridge professor with close ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an informant who spied on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.
Numerous media outlets have identified Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret spy who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos beginning in the summer of 2016. The American-born professor was a former advisor to the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.
The disclosure, coming from new reports in which FBI sources acknowledged sending an agent to spy on the Trump campaign, reinforces suspicions that the FBI was looking to entrap Trump campaign advisors. Papodopoulous has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and Page under federal surveillance.
The Halper disclosure additionally shows the Obama administration’s FBI began snooping into the opposing party’s presidential nominee earlier than previously stated.
Halper’s talks with Page reportedly began in early July 2016, contradicting fired FBI Director James Comey’s earlier claim that the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign started at the end of that month.
It is not known if Halper was paid to talk to the Trump campaign people, but public records indicate that he has collected large payments from the federal government in the last two years.
The Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment — a deep state think tank that reports directly to the secretary of defense — paid Halper $282,000 in 2016 and $129,000 in 2017.
Halper has a close connection with the CIA going back decades. He is the son-in-law of an ex deputy director of the agency and worked on the 1980 presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush, who had served as CIA director.
When Bush became Ronald Reagan’s running mate, Halper was accused in a spying scandal in which the CIA shared inside information on the Carter administration to the GOP campaign.