Former Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos (shown above center) may need look no further than the Clinton Foundation to explain why former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer (above left) just happened to meet up with him in a London bar two years ago.
“The notion that Downer randomly reached out to me just to have a gin and tonic is laughable,” Papadopoulos tweeted late Monday. “Some organization or entity sent him to meet me. For the sake of our republic and the integrity of this investigation, I think it’s time Downer is as exposed as Christopher Steele.”
The notion that Downer randomly reached out to me just to have a gin and tonic is laughable. Some organization or entity sent him to meet me. For the sake of our republic and the integrity of this investigation, I think it's time Downer is as exposed as Christoper Steele.
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 11, 2018
Here’s the good news for Papadopoulos, who was sentenced Friday to 14 days in jail and a modest fine for lying to the FBI about his knowledge of possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian interests: Papadopoulos is absolutely correct to be suspicious because, as regular LifeZette readers already know, Downer has long been deeply involved with Bill and Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and the shadowy world of intelligence around the world.
Here are six key facts:
1.) Downer enabled Clinton Foundation corruption. He was a key factor in the Australian government’s $25 million grant in 2006 to the Clinton Foundation for anti-HIV/AIDs activities, which a subsequent audit was never able to document as having actually been completed. In other words, as so often happens with the Clinton Foundation, millions of dollars supposedly intended for good causes somehow just disappear.
2.) Downer tipped the FBI about Papadopoulos. The May 2016 bar meeting Papadopoulos thinks “didn’t just happen” almost certainly didn’t, as Downer soon thereafter reported it to the FBI, with whom he had a long-standing relationship.
3.) Downer is close to a Brit spy firm. You’ve likely never heard of Hakluyt, an extraordinarily shadowy opposition research firm made up almost entirely of former British spies.
But, as LifeZette reported last year, Downer and Clinton know all about it. Downer was for many years on Hakluyt’s advisory board and maintained close contacts with the firm even after he was forced to leave the board in 2014.
Downer’s continued involvement with Hakluyt locates the shadowy operation in the world of the Clintons. As previously reported by LifeZette, it was Downer in 2006 who, as Australian foreign minister, signed a memorandum of understanding with Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
“The memorandum committed $25 million from the Australian government to the foundation for HIV/AIDs programs in China, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam. A subsequent audit was unable to account for how those funds were spent.” Multiple Hakluyt executives in the U.S. contributed to Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
4.) Downer has been linked to Chinese intelligence. Just when you think the plot can’t get any thicker, there’s this: Downer was long associated with Huawei, the Chinese telecommunication firm closely associated with the Asian giant’s military intelligence, as LifeZette noted last year.
“Downer is also connected to another firm of great importance in the international intelligence world. That would be China’s telecommunications giant Huawei, on whose Australian board he served for several years, beginning in 2011. U.S. intelligence experts have long described Huawei as a tool of Chinese espionage in America,” LifeZette reported last year.
5.) Downer was still linked to Hakluyt in 2016. Despite his being Australia’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom, a sensitive diplomatic post, Downer remained active in Hakluyt’s world during the 2016 Trump versus Clinton presidential contest, according to the London bureau of news.com.au.
6.) The Clintons have long used the FBI against their enemies. For nearly three decades, that is. Go back to 1993 and check out the 400 confidential FBI files on prominent Republicans that just happened to show up in the Clinton White House. “Just a typical bureaucratic snafu,” Bill called it.
Now, combine those six facts with the idea that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) — which she nominally controlled as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee — paid for the infamous Steele dossier the FBI used under false pretenses to gain approval to spy on the Trump campaign.
Viewed in that light, the idea that Obama administration officials at the Department of Justice and the highest ranks of the FBI used the Russia collusion allegations to damage and, they hoped, discredit Trump doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
In other words, when he walked into that London bar in May 2016, Papadopoulos entered one of the intelligence world’s busiest crossroads, a fact that likely made it an ideal place to spring a trap on an unwary Trump campaign volunteer.