WASHINGTON: Several media outlets have revealed the identity of the FBI spy who infiltrated the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. The mole is a 73-year-old American, retired Cambridge University professor, Stefan Halper. He worked inside the U.S. foreign policy establishment under presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan. This swamp creature evokes images of Alger Hiss. He is the swamp denizen of the FBI. He is the FBI’s Little Halper.
A spy caper to rival that of Alger Hiss
Media reports also say Halper once worked for the CIA. But it’s unclear what past Republican presidential campaigns he may have infiltrated on behalf of the boys at Langley.
What we do know is that Halper was no friend of Trump. As he was more than happy to tell (HERE) the folks at the Russian online journal Sputnik:
“I believe [Hillary] Clinton would be best for US-UK relations and for relations with the European Union. Clinton is well-known, deeply experienced and predictable. US-UK relations will remain steady regardless of the winner although Clinton will be less disruptive over time.”
While living in Britain, did Halper have contact with Her Majesty’s spy Christopher Steele of Trump dossier fame? And why did Halper speak to a Russian journal about America’s special relationship with Great Britain?
But let’s move on from that little bit of Russian collusion.
A joke the swamp denizens of the Deep State did not find funny
The Obama administration’s “counterintelligence” spy caper against Trump apparently began as the result of a joke.
During the 2016 campaign, when Hillary Clinton’s illegal handling of State Department emails was in the news, and after she had destroyed 30,000 of them ahead of an FBI probe, Trump quipped while on a campaign stop in Doral, Florida,
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
But spy Halper’s years wandering the dusty halls of Cambridge obviously dulled his sense of humor. And so, the spy established a chummy relationship with Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos to better understand the gag’s punchline.
According to the New York Post, when the pair met in London, the FBI spy asked:
“‘George, you know about hacking the e-mails from Russia, right?’ the professor pressed Papadopoulos when they met, according to reports.”
A disdain for new media and the American people
And spy Halper disdain for Trump is only surpassed by his disdain for new media. He believes it only gets in the way of good foreign policy to involve America’s voting chumps in matters diplomatic.
In his book “The Collapse of The Rational Center,” Halper writes:
“There are whole library shelves full of works that deplore the shallowness of the mass media. Moreover, the new media – the Internet, blogs, e-mail lists, and podcasts – do not herald any dramatic improvement.”
And as we all know, Trump is a master of “mass media” (NBC’s “The Apprentice” and, of course, Twitter). And as the Columbia Journalism Review discovered, new-media outlet Breitbart.com played a significant role in Trump’s presidential victory.
Halper further states that new media “de-emphasizes fact-based analysis and replaces it with a glib and fashionable media-speak called infotainment… [which] strongly favor impulse over rational calculation and sound bites over expertise.”
He would have us forget the foreign policy “expertise” of fellow State Department functionary Alger Hiss. A Soviet spy and first United Nations Secretary-General.
An amoral foreign policy
In another literary endeavor, “America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and Global Order,” Halper decries a moralist worldview infiltrating American foreign policy, derived from a…
“… religious conviction that the human condition is defined as a choice between good and evil and that the true measure of political character is to be found in the willingness by the former (themselves) to confront the latter.”
Oh, and this moralistic view brings with it a “disdain” for…
“… conventional diplomatic agencies such as the State Department and conventional country-specific, realist, and pragmatic analysis. They are hostile toward nonmilitary multilateral institutions and instinctively antagonistic toward international treaties and agreements.”
Like the Paris Climate Agreement, the Iran nuclear deal and the unfavorable trade arrangements with China and Mexico.
A denizen of the swamp ala Alger Hiss
Halper represents everything that is reprehensible about status quo Washington:
- He’s an elitist that wishes the great unwashed voters of e Pluribus Unum would just go away, letting unelected State Department functionaries work secretly on deals like the one guaranteeing Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.
- And like so many establishment never-Trump Republicans, Halper believed the disgusting and crooked Hillary Clinton was a far better choice for president.
- And like so many establishment never-Trump Republicans, Halper went the extra mile to help the Obama administration in the name of bipartisanship. Even though it meant spying on his party’s 2016 presidential candidate on behalf of the FBI. An agency that clearly did more meddling in the 2016 presidential race (for Clinton and against Trump) than the Russians could ever hope to.
Russia’s 1950’s threat to the US
In the 1950s, Soviet Russia was the existential threat facing the United States. That threat ended with the fall of the Soviet empire in 1991. Today, the Halper affair proves that the greatest existential threat to American liberty is secretive, unaccountable government; the menacing, clandestine agencies of the Deep State.
They, like Halper, didn’t like the voter’s choice for the Republican nominee for president in the summer of 2016, nor his triumph later that November.
Stefan Halper should be dragged, in chains if necessary, before Congress to explain his role in the Deep State’s plot to destabilize elected government. And while they are at it, ask him why his Alger Hiss-like actions should not be deemed treason.
Top Images: FBI headquarters. Photo: I. Aude. Inset photo of Stefan Halper. Photo: Voice of America.