This is part of a series about Spygate.

Please see Part 1 for a list of people involved and how they know each other. The same names will be appearing in this and other related posts.

This entry covers events from 2015 and the first half of 2016 as The_War_Economy laid out in his brilliant Twitter thread of 246 tweets with accompanying sources.

His thread is called SPYFALL, available in Thread Reader and individual tweets.

I will be excerpting and summarising SPYFALL this week as well as adding some of my own information so that those of us reading about Spygate can better comprehend its various elements.

When summarising SPYFALL, I will include the relevant tweet number in parentheses which will have a link to the source material.

Emphases mine below.

Events of 2015

On April 7, 2015, the Democrats were already plotting against the GOP in the upcoming 2016 presidential race (45):

The Clinton campaign intended to institute a Pied Piper campaign into the Presidential election, where they selected three Republican candidates for their project: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president on June 16.

Sometime in August, he met with Lieutenant General Michael Flynn at Trump Tower. The meeting was scheduled to last for 30 minutes. Instead, it lasted 90 (43).

At that time, Flynn had already retired as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He and his son, Michael G. Flynn, founded the Flynn Intel Group, Inc. in 2014. It closed in 2016.

In September, the Department of Defense (DoD) hired Stefan Halper as a contractor (44):

On September 25, 2015, Stefan Halper was hired on a contract basis by the DOD’s Office of Net Assessment for a total of $244,960.00. This was his third contract. A few days later, on September 29, Evelyn Farkas resigned from the DOD.

Evelyn Farkas is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia.

In November, George Papadopoulos joined Ben Carson’s campaign team (46):

George Papadopoulos would join Ben Carson’s campaign in November 2015, until February 2016, where he joined the London Centre of International Law Practice, where Joseph Mifsud worked as Director of International Strategy.

On December 7, Michael Flynn attended Russia Today’s 10th anniversary celebration. He sat next to President Vladimir Putin (47).

According to The Guardian, Britain’s GCHQ started picking up intelligence about links between Trump associates and Russians (49).

Events of 2016

GCHQ continued passing along their intelligence to their US counterparts. By the summer, other European countries joined them (51):

Germany, Estonia, Poland, Australia, the Netherlands and France’s DGSE.

In February, Michael Flynn became an informal adviser to the Trump campaign.

That same month (53):

Natalia Veselnitskaya’s Significant Public Benefit Parole document ended, preventing her from returning to the US.

Natalia Veselnitskaya is the Russian attorney who met in June 2016 with Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort at Trump Tower. She also has business connections to Fusion GPS.

Meanwhile, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, then-director of the NSA, began working on NSA21 (54):

to merge the spying and hacking arms with the Computer Security Division into one Directorate of Operations.

On February 21, Evelyn Farkas contacted John Podesta, head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to ask if she could do ‘surrogate work’ with Eastern European communities for the campaign (55).

In March, the Washington Post pressed candidate Trump for the names of his foreign security advisers (56). This list is not very exciting, because Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush already had the cream of the crop. Nevertheless, this is where we first see the names of Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos is listed, because he had left Ben Carson’s campaign in February:

Trump got five: Walid Phares, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Joseph Schmitz and Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg.

Meanwhile, Papadopoulos was in touch with Professor Joseph Mifsud, who (58):

was promising him connections to Russian officials laced with conversations about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, travelling to Italy and UK to do this.

That said (59):

Joseph Mifsud’s career at Link Campus, the London Academy of Diplomacy and more would suggest an allegiance towards western intelligence more than anything else, especially since agents at the FBI have visited Link Campus.

Carter Page had past involvement with Russia in 2013 (60):

where he spoke with the FBI as Russians were attempting to recruit him as an intelligence asset, which led to the Russians arrest.

Fusion GPS and Democrat-centric law firm Perkins Coie got together around this time (61):

Fusion GPS needed somebody to keep paying them, so they reached out to Perkins Coie, with FULL KNOWLEDGE that Perkins Coie represented both the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. In April, they accepted.

March was also the month when CIA director John Brennan made a ‘secret’ visit to Russia, which, according to the Russian government was unrelated to Syria (64).

In April, James Baker, then FBI General Counsel, met with Perkins Coie’s Michael Sussmann at the Global Privacy Summit (68):

Sussmann would later integrate himself with the DNC’s cyber team after introducing them to CrowdStrike.

On April 18, Mike Rogers closed off random access to raw FISA information which vexed a number of contractors doing work for the NSA (70). Interestingly, Mary Jacoby, the wife of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, visited the White House the following morning (71). Could these events be related?

According to the BBC, John Brennan received a tape from the Baltic States concerning money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign. The Trump campaign was not mentioned (72). Brennan then (73):

created two task forces to get around the problem of being unable to act domestically – the Domestic task force (FBI, DOJ and Treasury) and the Foreign task force (CIA, ODNI and NSA).

The US Treasury began investigating certain bank accounts:

Later that month:

On May 23, Nellie Ohr applied for a ham radio licence (82).

In June, Christopher Steele flew to Rome to meet with the FBI’s Michael Gaeta (83):

to discuss the dossier, while Natalia Veselnitskaya was granted permission from the US Government to come to the US on a B-status non-immigrant visa.

That month, the FBI tried unsuccessfully to obtain a FISA warrant to monitor four members of the Trump campaign team (90).

It is unclear who those people were, but speculation abounds.

The next post in this series covers the summer of 2016, when everything started to heat up.

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