redstate/A fascinating article, written by Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell, a former counterintelligence case officer, recently appeared on the Gatestone Institute’s website. Just when we thought we could recite every text message ever exchanged between Page and Strzok, along comes a new one. In December 2015, Page wrote to Strzok, “You get all our oconus lures approved? ;).”
Because, believe it or not, the FBI is prohibited from such activities as investigating a major political party’s candidate for the presidency, they needed to find an alternative. Farrell explains that their alternative was to “manufacture a foreign counterintelligence (FCI) “threat” that could then be “imported” back into the United States.” He writes:
Plausible deniability, the Holy Grail of covert activities, was in reach for the plotters if they could develop an FCI operation outside the continental United States (OCONUS) involving FBI confidential human sources (Halper, Mifsud, others?) that would act as “lures” (intelligence jargon associated with double agent operations) to ensnare Trump associates.
We have evidence of these machinations from December 2015 when FBI lawyer Lisa Page texts to her boyfriend, the now infamous FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, “You get all our oconus lures approved? ;).”
The coup plot failed, but the chief coup conspirators are free, crisscrossing the country on book tours and appearing as paid contributors to CNN and MSNBC.
There are several indications that Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham may be zeroing in on the truth about the attempt by top Obama administration intelligence officials to crush the candidacy and then the presidency of Donald Trump. If Barr and Durham succeed in their mission, it will expose the “single greatest threat to the Constitution since the nation’s founding.”
We know that Durham has focused increasingly on the actions of London academic Stefan Halper, a longtime FBI informant who was paid close to $1 million by the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessments (ONA). It is believed that ONA official James Baker, who was Halper’s “handler,” leaked the contents of General Michael Flynn’s December 2016 phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to Washington Post writer David Ignatius. The two had, or perhaps still have, lunch together once a week. (This is not the same James Baker who served as the FBI’s top lawyer in 2016.)
We know that Barr and Durham made two separate late summer trips to both Rome and London to meet with foreign intelligence officials. We also know that Durham is in possession of the cell phones used by Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud in 2016, when he was alleged to be pursuing a junior foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos. Shortly after news of these trips was reported, the Durham inquiry into the origins of the Trump Russia probe transitioned into a criminal investigation.
Farrell points out that the intelligence agencies of the federal government are prohibited from targeting American organizations in the United States. MORE