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Pro-Trump Pentagon Analyst Was Stripped of His Security Clearance by Obama Holdovers

Arial view of the Pentagon.

A Pentagon analyst was stripped of his security clearance by Obama holdovers after he complained of suspicious government contracts with Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, the Washington Times reported. The pro-Trump analyst also apparently ruffled feathers when he blew the whistle on an alleged sweetheart deal with a woman Chelsea Clinton referred to as her “best friend.”

Adam Lovinger, a senior official of the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), had his security clearance yanked on May 1, 2017, and has been relegated to performing clerical chores ever since. ONA analyzes future threats and ways to defeat them.

Lovinger believes that ONA retaliated against him because he had complained to his bosses about the questionable contracts in the fall of 2016.

After his security clearance was revoked, Lovinger filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint with the Defense Department inspector general against James H. Baker, director of ONA.  The complaint also names Washington Headquarters Services, a Pentagon support agency that handled the Halper contracts, which totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“It was a topic of conversation within the office,” Lovinger's attorney, Sean M. Bigley, told the Washington Times. “What is Halper doing, and why is he being paid astronomically more than others similarly situated?”

Stefan Halper is a foreign policy expert and Cambridge professor with connections to the CIA and its British counterpart, MI6. Halper was a paid FBI "confidential human source," whose mission in 2016 was to make contacts with Trump campaign workers while the FBI was investigating any Trump ties to Moscow. Two months before the 2016 election, he requested a meeting with George Papadopoulos and asked him a number of questions about Russia that made the junior campaign adviser suspicious. The professor also used "intelligence tradecraft" on Carter Page and at least one other Trump campaign official.

“Nobody in the office seemed to know what Halper was doing for his money,” Bigley said. “Adam said Jim Baker, the director, kept Halper’s contracts very close to the vest. And nobody seemed to have any idea what he was doing at the time. He subcontracted out a good chunk of it to other academics. He would compile them all and then collect the balance as his fee as a middleman. That was very unusual.”

The FBI may have been spying on the Trump campaign as far back as December of 2015, recently uncovered text messages revealed.

The texts between disgraced fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page referred to "oconus lures," which is FBI lingo for spies outside the continental United States.  Strzok was leading the Clinton investigation at the time and would go on to play a central role in the Trump/Russia probe. It has been assumed that the lovebirds were referring to the FBI's efforts to bait & hook unsuspecting Trump campaign officials overseas.