Carter Page Gave Energy Related Documents to a Russian Spy
This story. Like they say, if you tried to make it a movie you’d get no takers as no one would believe this. Too overdone.
“Imagine someone had told you, a few years ago, that the FBI would soon be investigating a possible plot by a Republican presidential campaign to help Russia interfere in the US election — and that this interference had ultimately helped Donald J. Trump become president of the United States. You would have laughed in their face, or maybe accused them of confusing reality with a particularly lurid Tom Clancy novel.”
Indeed. And the plot keeps thickening. Yesterday, the big news seemed to be Erik Prince trying to arrange a Trump-Putin back channel. It is a huge story-and we’ll look at it in the next post. Both for what he tried to do but also who he is.
But then came this and the Prince story goes from 1 to 1A. I’m not sure in the big scheme of things is the bigger story-maybe it’s a tie. But Holy Wow with Carter Page:
Ok WOW. The Russian spy who Carter Page with (Podobnyy) is part of the spy ring run out of Russian state bank Vnesheconombank… 1/ pic.twitter.com/o5zqcwouLy
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 3, 2017
A former campaign adviser for Donald Trump met with and passed documents to a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013.
“The adviser, Carter Page, met with a Russian intelligence operative named Victor Podobnyy, who was later charged by the US government alongside two others for acting as unregistered agents of a foreign government. The charges, filed in January 2015, came after federal investigators busted a Russian spy ring that was seeking information on US sanctions as well as efforts to develop alternative energy. Page is an energy consultant.”
There are so many levels to this. Speaking of not registering as agents of a foreign government, that’s also Michael Flynn’s status. Which sort of underscores that he could be in some big trouble. No wonder he’s cooperating with the FBI.
But I digress. There are so many levels to this Tom Clancy novel come to life it’s very easy to digress.
Carter Page met with a Russian spy who was later charged with a crime-unregistered foreign agent. Just like the Erik Price story, what Page did here is notable enough but who he is makes it doubly or triply so.
Yes, Page is an energy executive, one, who reportedly met with Igor Sechin in July, 2016. Sechin is a Russian oligarch sanctioned by the US government.
In this meeting-according to the Steele Dossier-Page was offered a 19% stake in the Russian state oil company, Rosnet in exchange for: you guessed it, dropping the Russian sanctions. Page suggested Trump would be open to that.
Later on, in yet another speech in Russia-Page has worked in Russia most of his adult life-Page offered what must go down in history as the most obsequious denial in history: I never spoke with Mr. Sechin, though it sure would have been an honor if I did.
And in fact, there was a sale of a 19.5% stake in Rosnet in November, after the election. The buyer’s identity has been concealed.
So Carter Page as Trump’s foreign policy adviser in July told a sanctioned Russian oligarch that Trump should be amenable to removing the sanctions in exchange for Page receiving a 19% stake in the Russian state oil company. By the way, Carter Page was recruited by a Russian spy in 2013. This Russian spy later went to prison for being an unregistered foreign agent.
Exactly. Tom Clancy wouldn’t believe this.
“The story comes from RawStory via BuzzFeed, and centers around Victor Podobnyy, a Russian man who has been charged by the Untied States government with acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government (translation: a spy). Podobnyy has admitted to having recruited Carter Page all the way back in 2013, promising him a swift rise in Russian company Gazprom. That was enough to entice Page to hand over important documents. But as Podobnyy later bragged about his recruiting of Page, “You promise a favor for a favor. You get the documents from him and tell him to go fuck himself.”
“By that time Carter Page had already spent a few years working for Merrill Lynch in Russia, before coming back to New York City to launch his own company with the aim of collaborating with Gazprom. Page’s timeline is somewhat murky in the few years prior to the 2016 presidential election cycle. But as Palmer Report has previously reported (link), then-Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions first introduced Carter Page to Donald Trump in March 2016, and at that point he became a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.”
“Page traveled back to Moscow in the summer of 2016 to give a pro-Russia speech, and after his connections to Russia began generating too much controversy in the media, he parted ways with the Donald Trump campaign in late September. This latest revelation about a Russian spy having recruited Carter Page as early as 2013 (link: RawStory) lends credence to the suspicion that the Kremlin planted Page in the Trump campaign as a mole or go-between. What did Trump and Sessions know about this, and when did they know it? Contribute to Palmer Report“
So Carter Page is a Russian spy recruit. If you look at him he looks like a recruit. Just his facial expressions, etc. Recruits of foreign governments often look like that. He sort of looks like Brody on Homeland-the young marine who spent years as a hostage in Iraq to terrorists. He was sort of split personality where the old patriotic Brody lived with the new, recruited, ISIS sympathizer Brody.
And he offered to take off the sanctions in exchange for a 19% stake in the Russian oil company.
Even Tom Clancy is putting this book down.
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