Carter Page Who Once Bragged About Advising Kremlin Backtracks

Carter Page

Page, however, insisted that it was a completely innocent transaction. He has long maintained that the dossier contains false material, and that there was no good reason for him to have been under surveillance.

"That does lead people to believe - is this guy working with Russian Federation?"

Asked about being under the FBI's radar after being part of a Russian recruitment effort in 2013, Page said he was helping the bureau.

Page added, he appreciates the New York Times' effort to obtain the FISA applications the Federal Bureau of Investigation submitted to court, saying "I hope they get it". "So in terms of, when you say, "Giving documents to a quote-unquote spy"... it sounds a lot worse than reality, but that's reality".

Of course, that wasn't Page's only connection to Russian Federation.

Victor Podobnyy, a Russian intelligence agent who was claiming to work at Moscow's United Nations mission in NY, tried to recruit Page, according to court documents.

"These are your words, 'I served as an informal adviser to the staff of the Kremlin'".




ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos pressed Page on the two roles as part of why law enforcement may have targeted him for surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"You can understand how that would raise questions and could lead to probable cause", Stephanopoulos said.

Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"Look, the probable cause, based on all the evidence that keeps dripping out and now has been substantiated with the Friday, you know, first memo, is that it was based on dodgy dossier which was, you know, a political stunt", Page responded.

Page said he was one of many people brought in from around the world for the G-20 Summit.

"See, this is sort of spin because I was teaching a course down Broadway here at NY U and I told them a couple of things about what I was talking about in my course, and I gave them a couple of my notes, from the ... or documents I gave my students", he said.

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