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1/ Whats the deal with the DOD think tank the "Office of Net Assessment"? We know that they consistently paid Halper since 2012. We know its a small, secretive group within the Pentagon, located in the directors office (so has WH ties).
2/ From the texts, we know that Strzok met with Glen Fine (the DOD Inspector General) and "Baker" who in this case I'm assuming is James H. Baker, the director of the Office of Net Assessment.
3/ We know that Halper started a new contract with ONA on Sept 26 2016, so it's pretty safe to say that this meeting with Strzok/Fine/Baker was all about setting up this new contract. Maybe reviewing the scope or even negotiating with Halper on the fee.
4/ It gets confusing because there are two James Bakers. One who is FBI General Counsel and one who is Director of ONA. The only way to tell the difference when reading the texts is when "Jim" is put in front of "Baker". That means it's FBI General Counsel Baker...anyway
5/ I think the first unredacted mention of ONA director Baker in the texts is below. CES is most likely "Compliance Evaluation Subcommittee" of the FBI. I bet they are checking up on the use of Confidential Human Sources (Mifsud? Someone else?). Don't know who Beth is.
6/ Remember on March 16 2016, Strzok had his "our guy is talking" text, so he had something in the works and it was clearly a topic of conversation between he and Page. Mifsud and Papadopoulos had had multiple interactions at this point so that's my guess.
7/ In fact Baker is directly tied to that "our guy is talking" text. It looks like Strzok got that info directly from Baker.
8/ 21:06 converted from GMT to EST would be 5:06PM EST. So it seems like James Baker from ONA sauntered over to FBI HQ after everyone was leaving for the day and told Strzok about this project involving a Confidential Human Source
9/ Fast forward a month to April 10. Strzok is talking about a "storm", he's talking about big big problems. And "JB" is involved.
10/ This is most likely associated with the revelation that raw FISA info was going to private contractors. There are a lot of redactions in the key finding below. But I bet ONA is the one "largely staffed by private contractors." See:…
11/ So within that finding are two dates: March 9 2016 where the "DOJ Oversight Personnel" ("CES" in Strzok's texts) found out that FBI had disclosed FISA info. Then April 18 2016 where that access was discontinued. Within those dates, Strzok mentions Baker in various texts.
12/ Apparently Strzok got left holding the bag on this huge faux pas because James Baker is a snake and met with "Counsel" behind his back
13/ So to recap. Strzok and Baker from ONA were working together on gathering intel, using private contractors and Confidential Human Sources, up until about April 9, when everyone found out about it and the shit really hit the fan.
14/ Which comes to a very serious question. Once April 9 hit, Strzok had egg on his face, and James Baker apparently weaseled out of some responsibility. Did this set up a feud between Strzok and Baker? Or did they continue working together...
15/ At some point, the DOD Inspector General Glenn Fine started looking into Baker. Did Strzok refer him? See this text from July 13 where Page talks about a meeting between Fine and Baker.
16/ But then again, look at Glenn Fine's background. He was the IG of the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE for 10 years. We can't say for certain he was coming down hard on ONA James Baker. Glenn Fine could have been corrupt too.
17/ So again, were Strzok/Fine/Baker all working together? Or was it Strzok pushing Fine to investigate Baker because of a lingering feud? Whose interests was Glenn Fine trying to protect?
18/ It's *possible* that the FBI had nothing to do with Mifsud, Downer, Stefan Halper, Henry Greenberg etc. It's *possible* that it was all run out of the DOD think tank Office of Net Assessment. That would partly explain why FBI can't hand over docs relating to Halper
19/ That mid-April storm is really a turning point. I believe that's when the "get Trump" operation went underground,.

The operation went underground between mid-April and July 31, when Crossfire Hurricane officially started and it was back in the open
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