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British academic Svetlana Lokhova defamation lawsuit states "that an FBI informant central to the bureau’s investigation into President Trump and Russia was also supplying information to former CIA Director John Brennan regarding former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
Stefan Halper, a U.S. foreign policy scholar and senior fellow at the University of Cambridge, allegedly delivered erroneous intelligence on Lokhova and Flynn to the intelligence community. The false information was regarding a seminar dinner Lokhova and Flynn attended in April 2014, in Cambridge, England. Brennan referred about concerns he had with Trump campaign officials in his May, 2017 testimony before Congress. During the hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan told lawmakers that he was “increasingly concerned” that “Trump associates” were being manipulated by “Russian intelligence services.”
Steven Biss, who represents Lokhova in the lawsuit against multiple media outlets and Halper, said he believes Brennan’s testimony was referring to Flynn and Lokhova. Biss also noted that the most likely source for Brennan was Halper. Halper spread malicious lies to smear both Flynn and Lokhova in the media and those lies were used to target the Trump administration, the lawsuit states.
“It takes courage to tell the truth It takes enormous strength to expose the rot in U.S. intelligence. Svetlana Lokhova gets it. She understands [the importance of] being right, doing right and telling the truth"
According to Lokhova’s lawsuit, Halper, who helped establish the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, was behind the false news reports that Flynn had some sort of illicit relationship with Lokhova. Lokhova’s lawsuit accuses multiple news organizations of publishing lies provided by Halper, a former Cambridge professor.
Lokhova, who is a British citizen, is also suing Halper for spreading malicious rumors that she is a Russian spy. The lawsuit states “for at least forty years, Halper has been intimately involved in clandestine campaign-intelligence gathering operations.”
“Stefan Halper is a dirty trickster and a spy, who embroiled an innocent woman in a conspiracy to undo the 2016 Presidential election and topple the President of the United States of America. Halper drew Plaintiff into a web of lies,” states the lawsuit. “As part of the sophisticated counterintelligence operation, Halper manufactured and published numerous false and defamatory statements. Halper misrepresented, directly or by implication, that Plaintiff was a “Russian spy” and a traitor to her country (the United Kingdom), that Plaintiff had an affair with General Flynn on the orders of Russian intelligence, and that Plaintiff had compromised General Flynn.”
Recently, Halper stated in court filing that he is entitled to legal immunity ordinarily afforded to federal agents. His lawyers argued that even if Lokhova’s lawsuit’s allegations are true Halper should be granted immunity if he was operating as an informant for the FBI because he would be “subject to the federal common law qualified immunity applicable to government agents.” However, he did not admit that he was a government agent in the response.
Lokhova's lawsuit refers to Brennan’s role in targeting Flynn and Lokhova. It focuses on testimony Brennan provided to Congress in May, 2017 and lays out a litany of articles that Lokhova and her lawyers allege were used to deceive the American public in an effort to target the Trump campaign.
“In his testimony before the Committee, Brennan, of course, was expressly referring to Flynn and Lokhova. The source of Brennan’s “intelligence” was Halper. Brennan passed on Halper’s warning about Flynn and Lokhova to the FBI to be used in the counterintelligence operation against President Trump”
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