One more dot to connect – Carter Page meets a Russian spy in New York

Do Carter Page’s interactions with Podobnyy signal any connection between him and the Kremlin? And now what about the FISA Warrant?

The People

  1. Carter Page:

    • Foreign policy advisor to Trump campaign who advocated warmer relations with Russia and criticized U.S. sanctions
    • has business ties to Russia through his consulting firm, which focuses on oil and gas in Russia and former Soviet republics
    • invested in Gazprom, a large Russian natural-gas company.
  2. Victor Podobnyy:

    • A New York City-based Russian spy working out of Russia’s mission to the United Nations from December 2012

The Meeting

Date: Early 2013

Place: New York City

Topic: While Page was running his energy-consulting business, he met Podobnyy at an energy symposium in New York City. Thinking Podobnyy worked for Russia’s U.N. mission, Page maintained contact with him, exchanging emails about the energy business and occasionally meeting, according to court records. At one meeting, Carter gave Podobnyy documents about the energy business.

Podobnyy was trying to cultivate Carter – and others in New York City – as an intelligence source for information about energy development and U.S. sanctions against Russia, according to court records.

The Question

Do Page’s interactions with Podobnyy signal any connection between him and the Kremlin?

Information was released today, April 11, 2017, that the FBI and the Justice Department obtained a FISA warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia.

The Significance

Russian efforts to get intelligence from Page show the sensitivity of his energy-consulting work in Russia and his desirability to Russian intelligence operatives.
Page is one of four former Trump campaign associates the FBI is investigating for contacts with Russians known to U.S. intelligence. While Page’s interactions with Podobnyy are a clear example of contact with a Russian spy, Page said in a statement that he believed Podobnyy was”a junior attaché at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.”

In addition, the contact occurred three years before Page became associated with the Trump campaign – and association that both Page and Trump have minimized.
Page said in a statement that he gave Podobnyy “nothing more than a few samples” from detailed lectures he gave at New York University for a course about energy markets and politics.

In 2015, federal prosecutors charged Podobnny and two other Russian spies with failing to register as “foreign agents” with the U.S. government. But because he was assigned to Russia’s U.N. mission, Podobnny received diplomatic immunity and left the U.S. without facing the charges, according to court records.

Credit CNN


FISA Warrant

April 11, 2017 – Announced today FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, as part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.

The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

Read the full story at:

Washington Post – FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page

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