Chuck Ross | Investigative Reporter
- Stefan Halper has laid low since being identified as a longtime FBI informant who had contact with the Trump campaign.
- Halper is scheduled to appear at an intelligence conference held at the University of Cambridge.
- Former spymasters who worked for the National Security Agency, MI6 and GCHQ will also attend the event.
Stefan Halper, the former professor who is reported to be a longtime FBI informant, will appear alongside former British and American spies at an intelligence seminar at the University of Cambridge in July.
The event, which is hosted by the Cambridge Security Initiative, will feature a host of former Western intelligence community officials, including the former head of MI6 and a former deputy director of the National Security Agency.
Halper has laid low since he was identified in press reports in May 2018 as a longtime FBI informant who had contact with several Trump campaign advisers.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported March 25, 2018, that Halper met with Carter Page, Sam Clovis and George Papadopoulos during the 2016 presidential campaign. Two months later, newspapers reported Halper was working at the time as an FBI informant. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: A London Meeting Before The Election Aroused George Papadopoulos Suspicions)
Halpers first known campaign contact with Carter Page on July 10, 2016, at an event held at Cambridge. Halper and Page stayed in touch through September 2017, the same month the final Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Page expired.
Halper, who was a professor at Cambridge, met with Papadopoulos in London in mid-September 2016. He reached out to Papadopoulos with an offer of $3,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to the U.K. to discuss writing an academic paper on Mediterranean energy security issues. Papadopoulos accepted the offer, and met with Halper and a woman he said was his assistant.
Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The woman, Azra Turk, was actually a government investigator, The New York Times has reported.
Halper will lead a discussion at the Cambridge event on July 20 along with Nigel Inkster, who retired in 2006 as director of operations and intelligence for MI6, the British equivalent of the CIA. Halper and Inkster will speak about intelligence challenges posed by China. Halper is considered an expert on China. He is the author of “The Beijing Consensus,” a study on Chinas authoritarianism. He has also contracted with the Pentagons Office of Net Assessment to study Chinas relationships with India and Russia.
The Cambridge Security Initiative said its annual conference addresses “key contemporary issues impacting on the security and intelligence worlds.” The event features speakers and guests “from the worlds of business, government, academia, security professionals and the military,” according to CSIs website.
Sir Richard Dearlove, the former chief of MI6 and a close associate of Halpers, will also attend the event. So will Chris Inglis, who served as deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 2006 through 2014, and Sir David Omand, who served from 1996 to 1997 as head of GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA.
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