June 19, 2019

Death Threats Against Page And The Dangerous Disinformation Operation Against Trump

Former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page has experienced what few people have since his name was first leaked to the media alleging he was working with the Russians on behalf of President Trump’s campaign in the fall of 2016. The now debunked accusations, which were leaked to the media, led to numerous death threats against Page in both 2016 and 2017. The majority emanated from Oklahoma but there were other threats from multiple other people, who believed the American businessman and scholar was working with the Russians on behalf of Trump.

Page reported all the threats immediately to the FBI. In fact, this year Page has sent several letters  to FBI Director Christopher Wray about the death threats. The first letter was sent in February and the most recent in May, asking Wray to produce the records of his interviews with the FBI special agents regarding those threats. Wray, nor anyone at the FBI, has responded to his letter, said Page, who spoke to SaraACarter.com.

“This has been a life or death situation for years,” Page told me. “In 2016 and 2017, I told Professor (Stephan) Halper about the death threats that I had experienced from Oklahoma and elsewhere.  If he might have given accurate information on this and other matters to the Bureau at a time when Comey had ignored my pleas for help, perhaps that might have been a positive step toward restoring national security.” Halper is the American scholar, who worked as a professor at Cambridge University in London. He was outed last year as a the informant for the FBI that had collected information on Page, as well as Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos.

The conspiracy narrative regarding Trump, Russia and those in his in circle was later discovered to be an unsubstantiated pile of rumors, lies and unverified information. It was mainly initiated by the research conducted by the embattled research firm Fusion GPS, who spearheaded the disinformation campaign against Trump. The research firm hired former British spy and anti-Trump propagandist Christopher Steele to compile a dossier against the Trump campaign, of which the unverified information was then dribbled to the media for several years beginning in 2016. Steele and Fusion GPS, whose founder was former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, were paid to conduct the research by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton through their law firm Perkins Coie LLP. to compile the report. A fact, that was withheld, in large part, from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court when the FBI applied for its warrant to spy on Page.

Page is suing the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie LLP, Marc Elias, and Michael Sussmann. The litigation seeks “justice” and damages for the extensive dossier. Elias and Sussmann both work for the law firm.

In his May letter to Wray, Page says, “I am writing to again respectfully request the FBI’s immediate production of all available records related to the extensive series of death threats which I have received originating from Oklahoma. Such records include, but are not limited to, any Form FD-302s from all of my many FBI interviews related to these threats from Oklahoma.”

Page also noted that the information he provided to the FBI’s counterintelligence agents that “these threats directly resulted from the false allegations in the DNC-funded Dossier disinformation campaign which the FBI supported in 2016. Amidst my many meetings with the Bureau’s Counterintelligence Division in March 2017 that someone later illegally disclosed to the Washington Post, I discussed these specific Oklahoma–related matters at length with the FBI agents.”

There have now been four investigations, to include that of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation, which found that “no American” conspired with Russia in the 2016 elections.

The Weaponization of Intelligence, Disinformation

However, that hasn’t stopped many top Democratic lawmakers, some media organizations and former top Obama Administration officials to continue to allude that there is still the possibility of a conspiracy. It hasn’t stopped those anti-Trump pundits from spreading what several former senior intelligence officials told SaraACarter.com “dangerous propaganda and deception techniques to target the Trump administration.”

“When you weaponize information and intelligence and selectively release it to shape the narrative that you are crafting you never know what the end result could be,” said a former senior U.S. Intelligence officer, familiar with disinformation operations.

Brennan’s Latest Tweet On Trump Is One Example of Many

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who has stated in the past that Trump has committed treason, Tweeted on June 12, that former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments that “Mr. Trump is an existential threat to our country. ‘Unfit to be President’ is a gross understatement.”

Brennan has crossed lines previous CIA directors have never crossed and stated that Trump is “undeserving of any public office.” Brennan, who was trained during his time at the CIA in disinformation campaigns, knows what he is doing by spreading these alarmist tweets and lies about Trump. His gravitas as the former head of the CIA makes what he says about the U.S. president and his administration far more damaging.

Disinformation Campaigns/ Syria Perspective 
In the intelligence and military apparatus, a disinformation campaign is considered a highly classified operation conducted against foreign actors, foreign states and against enemies, like al-Qaeda or Islamic State. The weaponization of intelligence and propaganda campaigns are intended to skew public perception of the person, country, program or bureaucracy. It can shift the public mindset, cause extraordinary harm to individuals, lead to death threats, as in the case of Page, or actually lead to a persons death. It can also inspire revolutions and upheavals in the countries being targeted, intelligence officials said.
And these campaigns must be approved at the highest levels of government.
“For example, during the height of the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) from 2014 to 2017 a ground strike against an Islamic State member would need to be approved by a O6 (“full bird” colonel), for them to do a kinetic strike – a bombing strike with extremely low risk of civ casualties – the unit would need a one star General, for them to do a strike that possibly involves collateral damage required a two star approval. But for them to send one single tweet in a disinformation operation it required a three star general approval,” the intelligence official said.
The intelligence official, who worked operations overseas, said what happened to the Trump campaign, to include using Page, appears to be the first time a deception operation was used against a presidential candidate and then president of the United States.
“It shows the true understanding of the power of information operations,” the intelligence official said. “The military and intelligence community understood in Syria that a single tweet or information about somebody could be so very destructive – not only to the intended subject – but to a potential untold number of other individuals.”
A second former senior intelligence official said “in the case of president Trump and his campaign it appears a disinformation campaign was unleashed with a fury and it is for this very reason the American people deserve the whole truth.”