Former Trump Aide Says Declassified Mueller Report Would Reveal UK, Australian Intelligence Involved in Anti-Trump ‘Witch Hunt’

Melanie Sun
By Melanie Sun
March 25, 2019Australiashare
Former Trump Aide Says Declassified Mueller Report Would Reveal UK, Australian Intelligence Involved in Anti-Trump ‘Witch Hunt’
Former volunteer campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos in this undated image. (George Papadopoulos/Twitter)

President Donald Trump’s former foreign policy aide, George Papadopoulos, claims that he was a victim of spying by the Australian, UK, and U.S. intelligence communities ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

George Papadopoulos says he feels vindicated after the release of a summary of Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling.

Mueller, according to the summary, concluded there was no evidence that Trump and members of the president’s election campaign, including Papadopoulos, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government ahead of the election.

“The witch hunt is over,” Papadopoulos, Trump’s former campaign foreign policy aide, told AAP on Sunday.

“I plan on going on the offensive and hope the president does too.

“Declassification of surveillance material is paramount.”

Papadopoulos has been refuting Australian diplomat Alexander Downer’s claim that he was the one to inform Downer as then Australian high commissioner to the UK about Russia’s alleged possession of thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Downer, in an interview with The Australian newspaper last year, claimed Papadopoulos told him that Russia might use “damaging” material they had on Trump presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to the election during a meeting in a London bar in May 2016 before Donald Trump’s 2016 election win. Downer’s assistant and Australian intelligence officer, Erika Thompson, were also at the meeting.

Downer said he was the one to pass that information back to Canberra “the following day or a day or two.”

The Wall Street Journal, quoting a diplomatic source, also reported that Downer was the one to pass on Papadopoulos’s Russia information directly to the U.S. ­embassy in London.

The meeting between Papadopoulos and Downer is credited as one of the triggers for the FBI investigation that led to Mueller’s probe.

The 31-year-old former Trump aide has been saying that he believes Downer’s claim about the email information—which was actually revealed to him by a Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud who has since been accused of working for the FBI and Western intelligence agencies—was part of an elaborate plan by anti-Trump intelligence operatives to frame him and provide the FBI with the reason to proceed with the investigation into allegations of Russia collusion by the Trump campaign.

Mueller’s team arrested Papadopoulos on July 27, 2017, at an airport on the same day that Mueller was informed of the discovery of shocking phone texts between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The texts discussed an “insurance policy” in the “unlikely event” that Trump would win the election. Strzok was the FBI agent responsible for the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to send classified information.

After his arrest, Papadopoulos was sentenced to jail for 14 days when he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in early 2017 about his contact with Russian nationals and Mifsud. Papadopoulos was one of Mueller’s first prosecutions.

Papadopolous’s book “Deep State Target” will be released on Tuesday, March 26, and details his account of dealings with Downer, Thompson, Trump, and others.

In September last year, Trump wrote on Twitter “key allies” had asked him not to release classified FBI documents related to the probe into Russian influence.

Papadopoulos believes the allies were elements within Australia and the UK and he wants their involvement to be made public.

“While the (Mueller) report is likely mired in classified material, and most will likely never be revealed to the public, I do hope what is public is what Alexander Downer’s and Erika Thompson’s roles were and why Downer has become so protected,” Papadopoulos said.

Information from Alexander Downer was what sparked the FBI to open their counterintelligence investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign

اس پر ‏‎The Epoch Times Australia‎‏ نے شائع کیا اتوار، 25 نومبر، 2018

AAP has reached out to Downer, Thompson, and the Department of Foreign Affairs for comment on Papadopoulos’s claims.

Downer had previously avoided engaging in Papadopoulos’s spying accusation, telling BBC radio last year: “I’m not going to get into these sort of allegations.”

Trump told reporters at the White House on March 20 that he would have no problem if the full report was made public.

“Let it come out, let people see it,” Trump said.

Top Democrats are also asking for the full report to be made public.

With reporting by AAP US Correspondent Peter Mitchell.

Correction: This article has been updated to clarify that George Papadopoulos made the claim that Erika Thompson maybe an Australian intelligence officer.

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