Former Trump Adviser With Ties To Russia Just Made THIS Bizarre Accusation
Donald Trump’s early foreign policy adviser during his campaign, Carter Page, made a statement on Monday night in an attempt to pull himself away from a court case involving a Russian spy who tried to recruit him in 2013. He stated that the case had been framed in a way to help “amplify the reputational damage against me.”
BuzzFeed News was able to gather the court filing for the case. In the filing it stated that Victor Podobnyy, the person accused of spying, and Igor Sporyshev, another Russian operative, were talking among each other about attempting to recruit someone the transcript identified as “Male-1.”
It was later confirmed by Page himself that he in-fact was “Male-1.” But he stated that the transcript made him “easily identifiable” because the US government wanted to punish him for his “public positions of dissent.”
“Throughout 2014, I wrote multiple academic articles on the foreign policy failures of the Obama administration as exhibited most vividly in the botched ‘Reset’ with Russia,” Page said. “When this case was announced in January 2015 by Attorney General [Eric] Holder during the final months of his term, the political vendetta tactics seen here also represented a clear retribution for my public positions of dissent.”
Page also stated that he was targeted before for opposing the US’s Russia policy. He lammed the US for its “hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption, and regime change.”
This statement comes after Page was named as a liaison between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. His trips to Moscow and contact with at least one Russian official last year are now reportedly under FBI investigation.
Page took a step down from the Trump campaign in September after the news was reported that he had made trips to Moscow in July.
Page said he “decided to step back” from the campaign so he could “more effectively fight these allegations independently and not create a further distraction for my colleagues.”
“My personal identity and earlier assistance of federal authorities in the 2015 case of U.S.A. v. Buryakov, Sporyshev, and Podobnyy was framed in an easily identifiable way that amplified the reputational damage against me,” Page said.
“As I explained to federal authorities prior to the January 2015 filing of this case, I shared basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents with Podobnyy who then served as a junior attaché at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations,” he added.
Court documents from the DOJ showed that Podobnyy was posing as a diplomat in New York City while acting as an agent of Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, known as the SVR. During this time he was able to get documents from Page about energy business. Podobnyy later identified Page as a “useful idiot.”
“I think he is an idiot and forgot who I am. … He got hooked on Gazprom thinking that if they have a project, he could rise up,” Podobnyy said of the Russian energy company, according to the transcripts. “I also promised him a lot. … This is intelligence method to cheat, how else to work with foreigners? You promise a favor for a favor. You get the documents from him and tell him to go f— himself.”