London-to-Langley Spy Ring; The Roots Of Obamagate Become Clearer

A recent article by George Neumayr in The American Spectator provides an excellent forensic dig into the earliest stages of the US Intelligence Community's surveillance of people in Trump's orbit - and makes clear something that many pointing to a politicized "witch hunt" have long suspected; the Obama DOJ/FBI began looking into "Trumpworld" and the Russians long before the official timeline would suggest

Moreover, the operation was conducted in close coordination with foreign counterparts, primarily the United Kingdom and Australia, but primarily the former. 

All of this raises plenty of questions, but one conclusion about this epic fiasco requires no spying: the fingerprints of the British are all over it. -American Spectator 

Here is George Neumayer explaining, how the "roots of Obamagate become clearer" originally published in The American Spectator.

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Even before the first Republican primary, a London-to-Langley spy ring had begun to form against Donald Trump. British spies sent to CIA director John Brennan in late 2015 alleged intelligence on contacts between Trumpworld and the Russians, according to the Guardian.

Here’s the crucial paragraph in the story:

GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.

Notice it doesn’t say the “Trump campaign” but “figures connected to Trump.” One of those figures was Michael Flynn, who didn’t join the campaign until February 2016. But Brennan and British intelligence had already started spying on him, drawing upon sham intelligence from Stefan Halper, a long-in-the-tooth CIA asset teaching at Cambridge University whom Brennan and Jim Comey would later send to infiltrate the Trump campaign’s ranks.

It appears that Halper had won Brennan’s confidence with a false report about Flynn in 2014 — a reported sighting of Flynn at Cambridge University talking too cozily with a Russian historian. Halper had passed this absurdly simpleminded tattle to a British spy who in turn gave it to Brennan, as one can deduce from this euphemistic account in the New York Times about Halper as the “informant”:

The informant also had contacts with Mr. Flynn, the retired Army general who was Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser. The two met in February 2014, when Mr. Flynn was running the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, an academic forum for former spies and researchers that meets a few times a year.

According to people familiar with Mr. Flynn’s visit to the intelligence seminar, the source was alarmed by the general’s apparent closeness with a Russian woman who was also in attendance. The concern was strong enough that it prompted another person to pass on a warning to the American authorities that Mr. Flynn could be compromised by Russian intelligence, according to two people familiar with the matter [italics added].

Again, that’s early 2014 and a file on Flynn is already sitting on Brennan’s desk. In 2015, as word of Flynn’s interest in the Trump campaign spreads, the London-to-Langley spy ring fattens the file with more alarmist dreck — that Flynn had gone to a Russian Television gala and so forth. By February 2016, when it is reported that he has joined the Trump campaign as an adviser, the spy ring moves into more concerted action.

It had also extended its radar to Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Paul Manafort. Peter Strzok, the FBI’s liaison to Brennan, could have already clued Brennan in to Page and Manafort (both were already known to the FBI from previous cases), but Brennan needed British intelligence for Papadopoulos and it delivered. Either through human or electronic intelligence (or both), it reported back to Brennan the young campaign volunteer’s meetings in Italy and London with Professor Joseph Mifsud, whose simultaneous ties to British intelligence and Russia are well known.

The stench of entrapment that hangs over this part of the story is unmistakable, and the spy ring’s treatment of Papadopoulos looks flat out cruel. Every figure who plays a key role in tripping him up — Mifsud, the Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, and Stefan Halper — has ties to British intelligence.

David Ignatius, who is the Washington Post’s stenographer for John Brennan, dropped a wonderful crumb in his passive-aggressive column about Stefan Halper this week — “Stefan Halper is just another middleman.” A middleman between whom? The answer is British intelligence and Brennan/Comey. As if to punctuate this point, Ignatius — after belittling Halper as a gossipy academic who is no “James Bond,” a sign that his handlers will burn him and profess ignorance of his entrapping methods (when this happens, remember Comey’s “tightly regulated” tweet) — turns to a “former British intelligence officer” to vouch for Halper’s credibility. This unnamed former British intelligence officer adopts a very knowing, almost proprietary, tone, as if to acknowledge that the spying on the Trump campaign was a British-American venture from the start. Ignatius writes, “A former British intelligence officer who knows Halper well describes him as ‘an intensely loyal and trusted U.S. citizen [who was] asked by the Bureau to look into some disconcerting contacts’ between Russians and Americans.”

“Intensely loyal and trusted,” “asked by the Bureau” — how would he know? These are the insiderish phrases of a handler or fellow member of the ring.

The size of the London-Langley spy ring isn’t known but its existence is no longer in doubt. In light of it, Obama State Department official Evelyn Farkas’s bragging bears reexamination. It is obvious that gossip about the transatlantic ring had spilled out to State Department circles and other Obama orbits, generating chatter even from a relatively minor figure like Farkas (who may have just been repeating what she had heard at a cocktail party after she left the administration):

I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior people who left. So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, and that the Trump folks if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump folks, the Trump staff’s dealings with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence. So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew there was more.

Whispers of the ring’s work had picked up by the time Brennan had formed his “inter-agency taskforce” at Langley and Comey’s official probe began. Brennan was presiding over a “turf-crossing operation that could feed the White House information,” as revealingly put by Michael Isikoff and David Corn in Russian Roulette. The operation also crossed an ocean, placing a central scene of the spying in London as the ring oafishly built its file.

What started in late 2015 with promise ended in panic, with British sources for the alleged Trump-Russia collusion going silent or mysteriously disappearing. A few days after Trump’s inauguration, the director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, prompting the Guardian to wonder if the sudden resignation was related to “British concerns over shared intelligence with the US.” All of this raises plenty of questions, but one conclusion about this epic fiasco requires no spying: the fingerprints of the British are all over it.

Comments

nmewn Nuclear Winter Mon, 05/28/2018 - 22:22 Permalink

No apologies will be accepted from the British government on this one, old bean...

"Whispers of the ring’s work had picked up by the time Brennan had formed his “inter-agency taskforce” at Langley and Comey’s official probe began. Brennan was presiding over a “turf-crossing operation that could feed the White House information,” as revealingly put by Michael Isikoff and David Corn in Russian Roulette.

...here, in the USA, the CIA is NOT allowed to spy on American citizens by law (and properly so).

The communist Brennan is up to his beady little eyeballs in this and he will be exposed.

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nmewn Manthong Mon, 05/28/2018 - 22:36 Permalink

Yes indeedly, not the only one. Not by a long shot. 

And isn't it an odd coincidence that in all of this, that, Joseph Mifsud has dropped completely off the face of the planet! Obviously he's been abducted by Martians because all the vast intelligence apparatus of the superpower concerned cannot seem to locate him.

This will no doubt be reported as a verifiable fact (the Martian abduction) by the BBC tomorrow ;-)

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eatthebanksters ml8ml8 Tue, 05/29/2018 - 01:00 Permalink

Obama was working with the Brits so he too could jail people with dissenting view, with no due process and where he would tell the press to fuck off and that he would jail them if they uttered one peep about the constitutional violations...tyranny and oppression are now on full display by the ruling class in England (Brexit will never happen either), and if Hitlary were the Queen of the USA it  would be happening here as well.

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DaBard51 Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 05/28/2018 - 23:22 Permalink

All well and good.  What I found extremely curious about the 2016 campaign is how quickly every other Republican candidate folded his tent, leaving the field to Trump.  These were experienced politicians, who knew how the game is played, with the stakes being the Presidency... and they folded?

Who had what dirt on whom, at the time, and where did it come from?

When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

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techpriest Cognitive Dissonance Tue, 05/29/2018 - 00:28 Permalink

I did a media analysis on CNN at the time, and there is an observable "Trump pump and dump" of substantial positive coverage early 2016, which flipped negative the week of the nomination. In 2015, there was also a failed attempt to pump Lindsey Graham by CNN, as he got an unusually large amount of coverage for his poll numbers.

I'm working on a v2 of the tool, and will see if I can publish the results here on ZH, and with more media outlets. Observational power is growing exponentially, and the costs for observing media are falling, so pretty soon the tools will be available to everyone for free.

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moon_unit techpriest Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:59 Permalink

A big factor was probably the Brennan-Chalupa-OUNb-DNC-Ukraine-McCain-Biden-Farkas-Pinchuk-Atlantic Council nexus. The Clinton Foundation donations reflect this.

It seems pretty clear they were planning on getting a LOT of genocidal Banderists into Hillary administration positions, all the better to kickstart a proper US-Russia war. They never expected her to lose, hence the outrage. Banderists are originally from the West/Lvov/Galicia and don't represent ordinary Ukrainians, even the city of Kiev itself is under seige since 2014 as far as civilians are concerned. The 2014-regime only has a single-digit percentage public approval rating.

Chalupa also links us to the Dossier and who knows maybe even Skripal snr.

 

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Chupacabra-322 nmewn Mon, 05/28/2018 - 22:37 Permalink

March 29, 2018: Ep. 687 Another Bombshell Revelation

 

“I’ve already told you there was some White House Involvement in this. Now how do we know that? What we learn in Sara’s piece according to her sources, is that there was a meeting in August of 2016.  Between a lead FBI investigator by the name of Jonn Moffa. He had a key role by the way folks, in the Hillary exoneration letter.  Remember the speech by Jim Comey? That exonerated Hillary.  They laid all this stuff out and then said, oh..and by the way, we’re not going to prosecute.”

 

“So this is an upper level manager in the FBI.  Follow the time line here.  This’ll be quick.  In August, early August he meets with the White House Chief of Staff.  Dennis McDonough to talk about this case, against Trump.  Against the Trump Team & probably about Hillary too.”

 

“White House Chief of Staff.  You’re now a breath away from the President of the UNITED STATES.  Moffa meets McDonough in August.  Why is this time line August of 2016. Why is this significant?  Because what happens in August of 2016 too?”

 

“John Breanan. Aaaaa Joe! What did we say that the master of puppets here might be John Breanan.  Again, on the Don Bongino show.  Yep! John Breanan, in August of 2016. What does he do? He waltz’s his butt up to Capital Hill and gives a briefing to the gang of eight there....Harry Reid included.  About this case. Includes in the briefing which is highly likely based on the letter Reid produces just days later. Briefs them in the Dossier. He said he know nothing about in December.  Which is after August.  So, in August.  Just to be clear about what we’re talking about.”  

 

“For those Liberals out there that listen to the show.  That think the White House has no attachment to this scandal at all.  In August of 2016.  Senior high level managers at the FBI.  Who had a role in drafting the exoneration letter for Hillary Clinton. Meet with White House Officials.  The White House Chief of Staff. A stone throws away from the President. In that very same month.  The President’s CIA Director. A noted Political Hack.  And, a lair in John Breanan.  Brief members of the Senate & the Congress. On a Dossier. He claims he knew nothing about. And, just days after that briefing. Harry Reid fires off a letter to the FBI requesting that they investigate Trump. Of which, by the way, right after that. Strzok texts Lisa Paige.  “Here we go.” Insinuating in the text that this was all planned the whole entire time. “

 

https://saraacarter.com/new-documents-suggest-coordination-by-obama-white-house-cia-and-fbi-in-trump-investigation/

 

https://www.bongino.com/march-29-2018-ep-687-another-bombshell-revelation/

 

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Arctic Frost Arnold Mon, 05/28/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

 

And that’s your’s and the liberals’ problem, Arnold. You assume the only pundit talking about this is Hannity. He isn’t. REAL journalists are now uncovering these events and they’re not going to let the biggest story of the decade (if not the century politically) waltz right by them because your liberal masters demand they do. The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, the Daily Caller and MANY others are going to ride this story for all it’s worth. 

 

Your buddies went in for a penny and found themselves saddled with the pound (Brit pun intended.) Now everyone that can will build their careers by making them pay up the ass.

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