Stefan Halper a longtime CIA and FBI asset who reportedly ran a spy-operation on the Jimmy Carter administration was recruited by the FBI to spy on Trump campaign aides during the 2016 U.S presidential election.
These included including Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and a cup of coffee with campaign co-chair Sam Clovis.
Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who was the agent to spy on the Trump camp.
Research into public records reveal between 2012 and 2018, Stefan Halper received $1,058,161 from the Department of Defense.
Halper funding was paid via four annual awards, paid directly out of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment. The ONA was established as the DoD’s “internal think tank” back in 1973 by president Richard Nixon (the administration Halper worked for).
The Office of Net Assessment was operated by Andrew Marshall (a foreign policy strategist) from its inception until 2015 when Marshall retired at the age of 93, he was then succeeded by current director James H. Baker.
According to the Website usaspending.gov, the payments to Stefan Halper were for:
“RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (2012),” “RESEARCH AND STUDIES – THE YEAR 2030, (2014)”, “RUSSIA-CHINA RELATIONSHIP STUDY. (2015),” and “INDIA AND CHINA ECON STUDY (2016).”
The most recent payment to Halper for $411,575 was made in two instalments, and began on September 26, 2016 – Just three days after the article published on September 23 on Yahoo! News by Michael Isikoff about Trump aide Carter Page, which used the information from the debunked Christopher Steele dossier.
The FBI would use the very same Yahoo! article along with the unverified Steele dossier as supporting evidence in a FISA warrant application for Page.
The second instalment of the payment in the amount of $129,280, was dated July 26, 2017 – around three months before the FISA warrant on Carter Page was set to expire following repeated renewals signed by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and a federal judge.
Two days later on July 28, he emailed Page with what the Trump campaign aide describes as a “cordial” communication, which did not seem suspicious to him at the time.
Reporters keep asking me about my interactions with Prof. Halper.
I found all our interactions to be cordial.
Like this email I received about a year after I first met him.
He never seemed suspicious.
Just a few scholars exchanging ideas.
He had interests in policy, and politics. pic.twitter.com/D5SKkvN2Bx
— Carter Page, Ph.D. (@carterwpage) 20 May 2018
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