New Report Gives Papadopoulos Space To Spout More Conspiracies: FBI Seduced Me!

The New York Times report that the government dispatched an agent guised as a research assistant to meet with then-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos during the 2016 campaign has given conservatives fodder to bolster their claims that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign.

It’s also given Papadopoulos more airtime to spout his conspiracy theories about the federal government, a tear he’s been on since his release from prison after serving 14 days for lying the FBI.

During an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday evening, Papadopoulos discussed the initial meeting he had with a woman who, according to the Times, was operating under the alias of Azra Turk and her associate Stefan Halper. The Times reported that Halper is a longtime FBI informant and that the woman posing as Turk is an investigator.

Yet Papadopoulos said he suspects she’s actually with the CIA, not the FBI.

He told Fox that the meetings were “suspicious” and claimed he understood “right away” that Turk wasn’t actually a research assistant because she was being “flirtatious” with him.

I went and I met with her and she was very suggestive, as you can understand, younger, very flirtatious, and I right away understood this wasn’t a Cambridge assistant,” he said. “She barely spoke English, and she was very flirty and was trying to do two things. One, to extract information about my professional connections in the Middle East and, two, to see if I had any information that she could potentially extract from me about Trump and Russia, which of course is nonsense.”

The former Trump campaign aide also claimed he thought the British were spying on him at the time as well.

The meeting in question reportedly took place months after Papadopoulos drunkenly talked to an Australian diplomat about the Russians offering to help the Trump campaign — that conversation that is believed to be what sparked the Russia probe.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Sincerely,
TPM Staff
Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: