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The Maltese Phantom of Russiagate
Real Clear Investigations ^ | May 30, 2018 | Lee Smith

Posted on 05/30/2018 12:07:33 PM PDT by publana

In the shifting narratives of the Trump-Russia probe, a Maltese academic named Joseph Mifsud has remained a linchpin regarding claims of collusion. He is the professor who allegedly told Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had emails related to the Clinton campaign. The FBI says it opened its investigation in late July 2016 after Papadopoulos relayed that information to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, and the Australians tipped off U.S. authorities.

While some news accounts describe Mifsud as an accomplice to Russian clandestine operations or a “cut-out” (intermediary), others contend he is a full-fledged Russian spy.

In an official report, Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence asserted that “in their approach to Papadopoulos, the Russians used common tradecraft and employed a cut-out,” a “Kremlin-linked…Maltese professor named Joseph Mifsud.”

No one in the American intelligence community has publicly challenged this description.

But there is one major problem with this story: No evidence has been presented to support the claim. Although Mifsud has traveled many times to Russia and has contacts with Russian academics, his closest public ties are to Western governments, politicians, and institutions, including the CIA, FBI and British intelligence services. One of Mifsud’s jobs has been to train diplomats, police officers, and intelligence officers at schools in London and Rome, where he lived and worked over the last dozen years.

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1 posted on 05/30/2018 12:07:33 PM PDT by publana
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To: publana

Wow. That was every bit as good as some of the work by ConservativeTreehouse. Maybe better.


2 posted on 05/30/2018 12:24:25 PM PDT by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm using my wife's account.)
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To: robroys woman

Was glad to see in-depth research into Mifsud.


3 posted on 05/30/2018 12:44:05 PM PDT by publana (Somebody needs to give Sessions an epi pen and see that it is utilized.)
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To: publana

Thank you for posting this. Gingrich was on Lou Dobbs’ show and at the end of the interview, Dobbs asked “do you think we’ll ever get to the bottom of this?” Gingrich replied, “no”. I agree. It’s more far-reaching than we know. My opinion, it involves globalists as well as nationalists.


4 posted on 05/30/2018 1:50:35 PM PDT by Nanny7
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To: publana

Arkancide, with a burial at sea?


5 posted on 05/30/2018 2:35:46 PM PDT by TBP (Progressives lack compassion and tolerance. Their self-aggrandizement is all that matters.)
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To: publana

Since all this Russia mess is supposed to have started with Pappadopoulous and Mifsud and Downer, it has been bugging me that we really didn’t know much about it—nor about the lies Pappadopolous told to the FBI.

This gives a lot of information about these guys, their meeetings and the timeline as well as the “lies”. There is another article about these guys filed on FR today that is also a must read. Once you have read both you will know more than most talking heads on TV.


6 posted on 05/30/2018 2:48:23 PM PDT by wildbill (Quis Custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen?)
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To: publana

FBI Director Comey’s perspective:

When someone from Malta says that Russia has information on Hillary, that justifies an investigation of Candidate Trump.

When someone from England says that Russia has information on Trump, that also justifies an investigation of Candidate Trump.

At least Comey is consistent.


7 posted on 05/30/2018 5:15:17 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: Pollster1

excellent investigative reporting.

it is such a complex story, many, many volumes will be written about it in the years to come.


8 posted on 05/30/2018 6:39:08 PM PDT by MAGAthon
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To: wildbill

Thanks. You don’t by any chance have a link to that other post, do you? I’ve looked and looked for it and cannot find it.


9 posted on 05/31/2018 10:19:49 AM PDT by publana (Somebody needs to give Sessions an epi pen and see that it is utilized.)
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To: MAGAthon

I worry that it is so complex that it will enable all the criminals to walk.


10 posted on 05/31/2018 10:21:24 AM PDT by publana (Somebody needs to give Sessions an epi pen and see that it is utilized.)
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To: publana

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1001866516067946498.html

Firat Time I heard of this guy so can’t vouch for him but interesting takes.


11 posted on 05/31/2018 12:27:22 PM PDT by wildbill (Quis Custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen?)
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To: wildbill

Thank you, I had read that one, but for some reason I thought there was even more floating out there.

Again, thanks!


12 posted on 05/31/2018 1:08:34 PM PDT by publana (Somebody needs to give Sessions an epi pen and see that it is utilized.)
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To: Fedora

bump


13 posted on 09/08/2018 3:08:08 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: publana
One of Mifsud’s jobs has been to train diplomats, police officers, and intelligence officers at schools in London and Rome, where he lived and worked over the last dozen years.

Maybe he's an agent for the Hippy Pope.

14 posted on 09/08/2018 3:10:13 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

Thanks for the ping! Italian intelligence again—more shades of Nigergate.


15 posted on 09/08/2018 5:33:48 PM PDT by Fedora
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