1) Papadopolous’ conversations with Russian actors about hacked emails “damaging to Clinton”
2) The possibility he was working toward facilitating Trump-Russia collusion on the acquisition, use and/or release of those emails
What a coincidence!
Downer than reported that intel back to Australian officials who then passed it on to U.S. Intel - which thus confirming the basis for an investigation.
The expediency of that meeting suggests the FBI was already on red alert even before that tip though.
So, the official narrative is likely just a convenient cover. Downer wasn’t a witness; he was an operative.
The informant, a professor, got together with Papa for drinks and tried to get him talking.
Jeez, that sounds familiar.
Let that one sit for a minute.
An informant was running an intel op on Trump-Russia collusion earlier than the public story admits.
Well, it could have been the Australian intel unit known as the ASIO.
Downer has more than his fair share of connections to the ASIO - which isn’t shocking for a diplomat.
So, putting an informant from one of the other countries to work on something is little different than tapping one of your own guys.
In fact, it was better. It aroused less suspicion from Papa. It got him talking...
First, it suggests the U.S. was on the Trump-Russia trail as it was going down.
They were watching and collecting intel at it was unfolding.
Our intel operations have likely known exactly what happened from the start...
...and as a result, the Mueller investigation is more about building cases against the main players and supporting cast than uncovering the central crimes.
Mueller is fleshing out the supporting evidence to prosecute the actors...
...and half of that exercise is solely to keep from burning your intel ops just to prosecute one set of crimes.
It’s not about investigating who did what.
It’s about not blowing up your intelligence assets to prove it.
Mueller is connecting the minor players to the crime; proving the conspiracy; and building cases for prosecution.
Mueller and team are less “investigating collusion” and more building a prosecution of the syndicate involved.
That’s a positive - even if it’s somewhat agonizing to wait for...