After the New York Times revealed that the FBI sent a second spy to infiltrate the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election - a 'honeypot' who went by the name of Azra Turk who posed as a research assistant to the first spy they sent in, Stefan Halper - the rest of the MSM has been virtually silent.
Both the Washington Post and CNN - which breathlessly reported on their peers' anonymously-sourced anti-Trump propaganda for two years - have somehow failed to write a single article mentioning Azra Turk.
It's been 24 hours since the New York Times reported that the FBI sent a honeypot with a fake name and job to entrap a Trump campaign advisor overseas, and the Washington Post is still refusing to report on it. Any thoughts, @ErikWemple? pic.twitter.com/Alpc8XmEWU— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 3, 2019
Rather than admit they were wrong and that Barr was right about the Obama administration sending spies overseas to entrap Trump campaign advisors, the Collusion Truthers have apparently decided to just ignore the news entirely. pic.twitter.com/GnMVqxkS5B— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 3, 2019
As the Times revealed on Thursday, the FBI operative who went by the name Azra Turk repeatedly flirted with Trump aide George Papadopoulos during their encounters as well as in email exchanges according to an October, 2018 Daily Caller report, confirmed by the Times.
While in London in 2016, Ms. Turk exchanged emails with Mr. Papadopoulos, saying meeting him had been the “highlight of my trip,” according to messages provided by Mr. Papadopoulos.
“I am excited about what the future holds for us :),” she wrote. -New York Times
And as the Times makes clear, "the FBI sent her to London as part of the counterintelligence inquiry opened that summer" to investigate the Trump campaign.
In his House testimony, George Papadopoulos described undercover FBI informant Stefan Halper introducing him to undercover FBI informant 'Azra Turk.' pic.twitter.com/8jO4lK6Ldt— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 2, 2019
CNN has made mention of the report on-air, yet they haven't written a single article mentioning "Azra Turk."
One of the NYT reporters who wrote the FBI honeypot story was asked on CNN whether honeypot "Azra Turk" worked for the FBI.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 3, 2019
His response: "I’m just going to leave it right now as a 'government investigator.' I use that wording for a reason, and I’m going to leave it at that." pic.twitter.com/yVwezWnUWf
Meanwhile, a Russian-born academic falsely accused of being a Kremlin 'honeypot' operative against Mike Flynn, Svetlana Lokhova, has an interesting theory as to why the Times published the '2nd spy' revalation in the first place.
2/ You might remember that McCabe picked Goldman of all people to interview him about the use of 'Confidential Human Sources' in Operation Crossfire Hurricane - funny that! https://t.co/87Qp4sM3Fr— Svetlana Lokhova (@RealSLokhova) May 3, 2019
4/ Goldman's (McCabe's) argument is that the President was a national security risk because he fired Comey. "Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security." https://t.co/1Myo2IbnDo— Svetlana Lokhova (@RealSLokhova) May 3, 2019
6/ Goldman is the go-to guy whenever the heat about the FBI spying on the campaign gets too much. Trump smokes Halper out in May 2018: pic.twitter.com/DQHP58npdR— Svetlana Lokhova (@RealSLokhova) May 3, 2019
8/ What was it that prompted Goldman (ie McCabe) to publish his latest article on the FBI Russia investigation? Answer: Barr's criticism's of the FBI. pic.twitter.com/SqLlwB56v6— Svetlana Lokhova (@RealSLokhova) May 3, 2019
10/ The main message is that the Russia investigation was legally predicated, started on 31 July 2016, and was conducted properly. if only it were true..— Svetlana Lokhova (@RealSLokhova) May 3, 2019
12/ The reason why spying by Halper on Gen Flynn is absent from the latest FBI propaganda piece by NYT is because it predates the official timeline by many months and was not legally predicated.— Svetlana Lokhova (@RealSLokhova) May 3, 2019
CNN law enforcement analyst and retired FBI agent James A. Gagliano opined on Twitter that perhaps the Times was helping the intelligence community get out in front of the upcoming Inspector General report on the FBI's conduct during the 2016 election.
Unless it was foreign intelligence service supplying the “honey trap.” Papadopoulos argued *Azra Turk* had thick accent — which wouldn’t preclude her from FBI service, if US citizen. Some argue Agency employee. Surmise, absent heavy redaction, pending IG report lays this bare.— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) May 3, 2019
MAYBE this is why @nytimes helped get out in front of the news cycle that will roil following IG report that may be released this month or next.— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) May 3, 2019
Curious, as others have opined, that this “nugget” about *Turk* suddenly revealed in the Times. Almost TOO obvious a peremptory leak.