WHO???? London Academy of Diplomacy ,WHERE???

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While Mr Mifsud appears to have extensive ties to several important institutions in Russia, the Maltese native's academic credentials in Britain are far hazier.He holds a professorial teaching position in the politics department at the University of Stirling in Scotland, according to officials there who said he took up the post in May.However, he is not named on the university's list of experts and the university press office refused to say how often he is on campus, where a reporter on the student newspaper said he does not maintain an office."There is no evidence Professor Mifsud has even been to the university since joining the staff in May," said Craig Munro, a reporter at the campus newspaper, Brignews.

"He doesn't have an office here and is based in London. We haven't been able to find a single student who has met with Professor Mifsud or attended any lectures by him at Stirling." Prominent British academics also say they have had little or no contact with Mifsud. I've never heard of him," said Robin Niblett, the veteran director of Chatham House, the prominent London think tank. Nor has Mr Niblett heard of the now-defunct London Academy of Diplomacy, where Mr Mifsud is said to have served as "honorary director" before it closed according to his biography. He has also not heard of the London Centre of International Law Practice, where Mr Mifsud is listed as director of international strategic development. "He seems to be a classic case of someone floating around on the fringes of the academic world and the think-tanky world without landing anywhere," Mr Niblett said. It would strike me that most of these positions are not paid, which raises questions. No doubt Russia cultivates certain academics. There's no reason to assume he was consciously part of a disinformation operation, but he may have been unwittingly used for that purpose." According to the US court documents, Mr Mifsud introduced Papadopoulos to a woman referred to as a "female Russian national" whom he falsely presented as a Mr Putin's niece and who he said could serve as a potential link to the Russian government. There is evidence of Mr Mifsud's ties to several key Russian institutions He took part in events at the Putin-linked Valdai think tank in April 2016 that dealt with "What Russia Can Do to Bridge Saudi-Iranian Differences" and "Main Trends and Scenarios of Global Energy Development". In 2012, Mr Mifsud was instrumental in establishing a partnership between the now defunct London Academy of Diplomacy and the Faculty of Global Processes at the Moscow State University, according to the faculty's website. On behalf of the academy, Mr Mifsud signed a wide-ranging cooperation agreement with the Moscow State University faculty in 2014 calling for shared research, student and teacher exchanges, the establishment of joint advanced degree programmes and a commitment to hold conferences together and publish joint research. Mr Mifsud has also lectured at the Moscow university and frequently moderated its panels. A report on his 2014 visit on the faculty's website featured a picture of him trying on a T-shirt and a baseball cap with the faculty's symbols.

The next year, Mr Mifsud joined dozens of people along with several Russian officials and prominent academics in signing a note congratulating the faculty on its 10th anniversary.His most recent visit to Russia appears to have been in late September when he moderated panels at the faculty's two-day Global Studies Conference.He is also credited with helping Moscow State University set up an educational center in conjunction with Link Campus University, a private university based in Italy.

WHO WHERE WHEN HUH

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cait1

I'll second your HUH?

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dandyfopp

He did his piece, to quote Papadopoulos.

I wouldn't be drinking any tea if I were him.

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labrea_gw

an Academy that doesn't exists!

The London Centere of International Law Practice He was Their Director on Friday and the site is scrubbed Gone Yesterday according to The Guardian??

Business Insider has yet to receive a response to questions about
why the page had been deleted.

Other profiles tout Mifsud as an expert on foreign affairs and
Russia, and Claim he has advised various governments on
international issues. He has been filmed speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club, a
think tank based in the Russian city of Veliky
Novgorod which is close to Vladimir Putin, and hosts him every year for a keynote address.

There was however a review from1 employee who worked there!

Cons

- They will try to keep you working on endless contracts, never really promising anything beyond big empty words.
- They will encourage you to keep working without payment for as long as you don't snap. If you talk about money, they would procrastinate it to some other day in future.
- Apparently, the half of their team listed on the website has already left to form a new firm of their own.
- It is a grievance of many of their senior members too that they do not get paid in timely manner, or not paid at all despite being promised.
- They never disclose any real clients or projects they have actually worked on or got business from. Everything seems to be in a initial stages always.
- Just stay away from them.

sounds like A GASLIGHT OPERATION!

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Marcy Wheeler at Empty Wheel has some interesting information. In the comments section, someone has captured the pre-scrubbed information for the bogus London institute.

Papadopolous Used Same Cover Organization as Mifsud hype://www.emptywheel.net/2017/11/02/on-july-2016-panel-george-papadopolous-used-same-cover-organization-as-joseph-mifsud/

Malta has a reputation as a money-laundering haven. Southern Italy's organized crime, 'Ndrangheta, ran boatloads of money through Malta. I imagine Russian oligarchs could do the same.

https://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20170906/local/ndrangheta-ran-a-2-billion-money-laundering-operation-through-malta.657333

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Maddie AtHome

Malta, eh?

Wasn't it claimed that Mifsud had absolutely no Russian connections?

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labrea_gw

Well they have found him in Italy now and like posters who have multiple names & multiple nationalities in their profiles there's more BS.

He claimed to have nothing to do with Russia was a Hillary Fan!

He has visited Russia at least once a year since 2014, most recently in September, online postings on Russian academic sites show, and has taken part in events at the Valdai Discussion Club favored by the Russian leader and lectured at Moscow State University.

""I am flying to Moscow on the 18th for a Valdai meeting, plus other meetings at the Duma "

"No aspect of this week’s news is more mysterious than the saga of “the Professor”—in reality, Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese national—who served as the hush-hush go-between for the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in the spring of 2016. Notably, he acted as Moscow’s cut-out for contacts with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor hired by the Trump campaign in the late winter of 2016." At one pointe he was even supposedly accompanied by Putins neice! ???

"Mifsud’s role is crystal-clear to anyone versed in Russian espionage tradecraft, what the Kremlin calls konspiratsiya (yes, “conspiracy”). He is a secret operative of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR, "

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Papadopoulos met “the Professor” in Italy in mid-March 2016, then again in London later that month; on the latter occasion “the Professor” brought along a Russian female, allegedly Putin’s niece, to help facilitate the engagement. Papadopoulos emailed the campaign about the success of this meeting, which responded enthusiastically about what had transpired and on March 31, he participated in a national security meeting in Washington that included campaign principals, with Trump himself present.

But Misfud’s role soon moved into even darker territory:"


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labrea_gw

So you got a Russian agent masquerading as many things for institution's no longer in existence with sketchy backgrounds begin with!

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Here the “Russian MFA” is the SVR, which customarily masquerades as diplomats when outside Russia. Mifsud’s role in the Trump campaign’s espionage manqué raises numerous questions that Mueller and his investigators need to answer to fully understand the odd saga of how Team Trump sought the Kremlin’s help to harm Hillary Clinton and win the White House.

They knew they were entering unethical and perhaps illegal territory with “the Professor.” At the campaign’s March 31, 2016 national security meeting in Washington where Papadopoulos explained he had Kremlin contacts—meaning Mifsud—who could facilitate a meeting between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Republican candidate expressed interest, while campaign principal Senator Jeff Sessions (now the attorney general) reportedly said “no one should talk about” this clandestine outreach to Moscow, perhaps sensing its legal danger."

Remember in 2010 The US booted 10 SVR agents form the US! ANNA Chapman was given a decoration for her services by Putin she's a big Trump Fan

The man who turned her and her compatriots in was sentenced to treason after he fled to the US with his family.

This is a reminder to those who pooh pooh these things.

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THOR, Son of ODIN

John Schindler‏Verified account @20committee

My latest ===>
Time to unravel the Russian spy game at the heart of the Trump investigation.

Solving the Mystery of the Maltese Professor

This week began with the bombshell legal news that Special Counsel
Robert Mueller brought charges against members of Team Trump relating to
their illicit ties to Moscow. As I explained,
this fundamentally changes the game in our nation’s capital, and the
White House is struggling to cope with this new environment, which finds
the president on the defensive, awaiting further indictments of his
associates.

No aspect of this week’s news is more mysterious than the saga of
“the Professor”—in reality, Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese national—who served
as the hush-hush go-between for the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in
the spring of 2016. Notably, he acted as Moscow’s cut-out for contacts
with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor hired by the Trump campaign in the late winter of 2016.

Mifsud’s role is crystal-clear to anyone versed in Russian espionage tradecraft, what the Kremlin calls konspiratsiya (yes, “conspiracy”). He is a secret operative of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR, as I elaborated:

Papadopoulos met “the Professor” in Italy in mid-March 2016, then
again in London later that month; on the latter occasion “the
Professor” brought along a Russian female, allegedly Putin’s niece, to
help facilitate the engagement. Papadopoulos emailed the campaign about
the success of this meeting, which responded enthusiastically about what
had transpired and on March 31, he participated in a national security
meeting in Washington that included campaign principals, with Trump
himself present.

But Misfud’s role soon moved into even darker territory:

Crucially, “the Professor” introduced Papadopoulos to a senior
official of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or MFA. In May and
June 2016, the two had multiple discussions via Skype and email about
cooperation between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign—all with the
approval of senior campaign officials. Just as important, in late April,
“the Professor” boasted to Papadopoulos that Moscow was in possession
of juicy “dirt” on Hillary, including “thousands of emails.”

Here the “Russian MFA” is the SVR, which customarily masquerades as
diplomats when outside Russia. Mifsud’s role in the Trump campaign’s
espionage manqué raises numerous questions that Mueller and his
investigators need to answer to fully understand the odd saga of how
Team Trump sought the Kremlin’s help to harm Hillary Clinton and win the
White House.

They knew they were entering unethical and perhaps illegal territory
with “the Professor.” At the campaign’s March 31, 2016 national security
meeting in Washington where Papadopoulos explained he had Kremlin
contacts—meaning Mifsud—who could facilitate a meeting between Donald
Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Republican candidate
expressed interest, while campaign principal Senator Jeff Sessions (now
the attorney general) reportedly said “no one should talk about” this clandestine outreach to Moscow, perhaps sensing its legal danger.

Since this story broke a few days ago, Mifsud has gone to ground,
admitting his role in Team Trump’s outreach to Moscow while stating he
has a “clear conscience.” Nevertheless, he has disappeared from websites and acted like he has something to hide. His past is shadowy, though it’s clear he’s made many trips to Russia, leading some in London to ask who Mifsud is really working for, since his official biography makes little sense.

Then we have the fact, revealed by the Washington Examiner,
that Mifsud traveled to the United States in 2014, where he extolled
his London Academy for Diplomacy, which has since closed and appears to
have been an SVR front that existed mostly on paper. His “academy,”
Mifsud boasted to students at American University in our nation’s
capital in the autumn of 2014, offered “funds for scholarships” to
anyone “interested in diplomacy.” How Mifsud’s barely extant “academy”
afforded such largess, and who was paying for his regular international
travels, are questions that need to be answered.

To anyone versed in Russian spies and their ways, Mifsud was in
America looking for potential agents for the SVR; this is called
“spotting and assessing” in the espionage trade. Mifsud’s exact
relationship with Russian intelligence remains unclear, though his
ability to reach out to top players in Moscow was evident in the
Papadopoulos case. He appears to combine disseminating Kremlin
propaganda with actual spy recruitment—or at least serving as a cut-out
for it.

That Mifsud is Maltese may not be coincidental, given the little
island’s outsized role in shady financial dealings and money laundering,
much of it Russian. The recent car-bomb assassination
of a Maltese journalist who was digging into the country’s financial
crimes and corruption has focused attention on the island, not least
because murdering journalists is something that’s routine in Putin’s
Russia, not in the European Union.

All the same, Mifsud is not a one-off. Poland recently expelled a Russian spy very much like him, as I reported.
Last month, Warsaw announced it had evicted Dmitry Karnaukhov, a
Russian researcher who was really a Kremlin spy. Like Mifsud, he was an
academic of sorts, which gave him access to conferences and related
professorial venues, but Karnaukhov’s actual job was serving as an SVR
operative charged with disseminating Kremlin propaganda plus spotting
and assessing potential agents of Russian intelligence.

This breed of Russian spy—ostensibly a private citizen who’s able to
masquerade as an academic or think-tank denizen—isn’t exactly new, but
they have appeared in impressive numbers across the West over the last
decade. Several were expelled from the United States in 2010 in Operation Ghost Stories, in which the FBI booted 10 SVR Illegals
from our country. However, others like them continue to ply their
clandestine trade in Western capitals, attending conferences looking for
“new friends” who might be interested in a free junket to Moscow.

Given his key role in the Papadopoulos case and the Trump campaign’s
outreach to Moscow, Joseph Mifsud is someone that the FBI and Team
Mueller need to talk to. Let’s hope they can track him down before the
Russians do. Regardless, it’s naïve to think “the Professor” is one of a
kind. There are more like him out there, spying for the Kremlin,
attempting to subvert our democracies from within. Knowing they exist is
the first step to pushing back against Putin’s Special War.

John Schindler is a security expert and former National Security
Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer. A specialist in
espionage and terrorism, he’s also been a Navy officer and a War College
professor. He’s published four books and is on Twitter at
@20committee.

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