Trump man slams Downer again

The Australian - - THE NATION - JACQUELIN MAGNAY LON­DON

Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los, the Don­ald Trump ad­viser who sparked the Robert Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the US, has con­tin­ued to hit out at for­mer Aus­tralian high com­mis­sioner to Bri­tain Alexan­der Downer.

In two tweets yes­ter­day, Pa­padopou­los, who was sen­tenced to 14 days’ jail for ly­ing to the FBI, re­peated ac­cu­sa­tions that Mr Downer had been in­volved in a left-wing, pro-Is­raeli, an­tiTrump spy con­spir­acy.

Pa­padopou­los has ac­cused Mr Downer, a for­mer for­eign min­is­ter, of il­le­gally record­ing their May 2016 con­ver­sa­tion in the Kens­ing­ton Wine Bar, dur­ing which Pa­padopou­los al­legedly told Mr Downer that the Rus­sians had ma­te­rial detri­men­tal to Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Mr Downer al­legedly passed on the in­for­ma­tion to Can­berra, and it was then handed to the Amer­i­cans.

Pa­padopou­los had been told the Rus­sians had Mrs Clin­ton’s emails by a Mal­tese pro­fes­sor, Joseph Mif­sud, at a meet­ing at the An­daz Ho­tel in Lon­don a few weeks be­fore meet­ing Mr Downer.

But Pa­padopou­los, who told the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion that he could not re­call telling Mr Downer any­thing about the Clin­ton emails, said in a tweet at the week­end that the meet­ing with Mr Downer came af­ter an Is­raeli diplo­mat, Chris­tian Can­tor, in­tro­duced him to his “girl­friend”, Erika Thompson.

The Aus­tralian re­vealed in May that Ms Thompson had bro­kered the Downer meet­ing with Pa­padopou­los and she was also at the Kens­ing­ton Wine Bar meet­ing.

Pa­padopou­los said this set-up to the meet­ing was ‘’bizarre’’.

He tweeted: “Be­sides the fact that I no­ti­fied the FBI a year ago about my sus­pi­cions that Downer was il­le­gally record­ing my con­ver­sa­tion with him, the leadup to the meet­ing with Downer in Lon­don was even more bizarre.’’

His sec­ond tweet reads: “An Is­raeli diplo­mat named Chris­tian Can­tor, who hated Trump, in­tro­duced me to his ‘girl­friend’, who just hap­pened to be an Aus­tralian in­tel of­fi­cer and as­sis­tant to Downer. Named Erika Thompson. Af­ter I hu­mil­i­ate David Cameron in the Bri­tish press, Downer wants to meet.’’

Mr Can­tor, a for­mer ad­viser in the Is­rael min­istry of for­eign af­fairs, was posted to the Is­raeli em­bassy in Lon­don as a po­lit­i­cal coun­sel­lor in 2012.

Pa­padopou­los ac­cused Mr Downer last week of be­ing a friend of the Clin­tons who ig­nored Aus­tralian in­ter­ests, and was in­stead try­ing to un­cover Is­raeli in­for­ma­tion.

He said: “So ba­si­cally, for those pay­ing at­ten­tion, we have a Clin­ton friend, con­nected to the MI6, and pri­vate in­tel­li­gence or­gan­i­sa­tions in Lon­don, prob­ing me about my ties to the en­ergy busi­ness off­shore Is­rael,” he wrote.

“Noth­ing about the USAus­tralia re­la­tion­ship.

“Yet I sup­pos­edly told THAT in­di­vid­ual about emails, some­thing I have no rec­ol­lec­tion ever dis­cussing.”

The Aus­tralian is not sug­gest­ing the al­le­ga­tions against Mr Downer or Ms Thompson have any sub­stance, only that they have been made.

At­tempts to con­tact Mr Downer last night were un­suc­cess­ful.

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