Fox News spoke to him, and he has some interesting things to say about his interrogation. Bear in mind that Joseph Mifsud--the "professor" he refers to--is almost certainly an FBI asset, as commenter Mike Sylwester has convincingly argued. Probably works for CIA and MI6, as well. While the "official" accounts say that Mifsud is "missing," the truth is almost certainly (see previous link, if you haven't already) that the three named intel agencies told him he needed to adopt a new identity that they would provide for him and to relocate. The point being that the Deep State--to include the British relations--didn't want Mifsud being questioned by people like HPSCI or OIG or John Huber. What? You thought it was to protect him from the Russians? LOL!
Anyway, here's the interesting part of what Papadopoulos had to tell Fox. It illustrates how the whole Team Mueller extension of the Russia Hoax worked. Recall that yesterday I quoted Mark Penn to that effect:
It’s an abuse of power without precedent. The Mueller investigation systematically went after everyone named in the Steele dossier, using the toughest possible tactics. Rather than investigate the crime, they investigated the people, finding unrelated crimes to use as leverage to squeeze out any potential drops of evidence related to collusion.
Of course, we know that it was actually even more nefarious than Penn says--although I'm quite sure he understands what was really going on. So here's George, describing how he was targeted through the "OCUNUS lures" (h/t Peter Strzok: Is It Time To Rethink Some Things?) that the FBI was getting approved as far back as December of 2015.
[Papadopoulos] said on “Fox & Friends” that he knew the probe by Robert Mueller was a “hoax” but could not speak out about it until after he was sentenced.
“There has been so much misinformation about what my real case was all about. It was about a professor I met in London who the FBI told the world was a Russian agent,” he said.
Papadopoulos was talking about Joseph Misfud, whom the FBI has said was a Russian agent with connections to high-ranking Russian officials. He was declared missing by Italian officials in September 2018.
“I met this man through an intermediary who represents the FBI in the U.K. and I met him at a university in Rome [which appears to be a front for US and UK intel]. I never expected this guy to be a Russian agent,” Papadopoulos said. “Then one day, this person tells me that the Russians have Hillary Clinton’s emails, out of the blue. I don’t believe him. This was not a credible person.”
Papadopoulos said that meeting and a subsequent “bizarre” meeting with Alexander Downer, the top Australian diplomat to the United Kingdom [and also an FBI asset], where he commented about the claim that Russia had Clinton’s emails, triggered the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign [We know that's not actually the case].
“I actually was the one who reported Downer to both the FBI and Bob Mueller because of his very bizarre, strange behavior during my meeting with him. He was pulling his phone out, he was recording me. It was very bizarre,” he said.
Papadopoulos, who served 14 days at a federal prison in Wisconsin, said he was questioned more than 20 hours where officials allegedly tried to force him to “admit” that he had told someone on the Trump presidential campaign about his meetings with Misfud.
“Because if I had told anyone in the campaign, it would have been a conspiracy, but it would have been based on Western intelligence basically fabricating the entire thing,” he said. “As I am talking to Mueller’s people and they are trying to get me to say something that I know is not true, I just couldn’t. I had to stick to the facts, the truth.”
Yes, that last part get's to the heart of the matter (h/t/ Graham Greene). Because Papadopoulos didn't act as the FBI had hoped he would--communicating about his supposed Russian connections to the Trump Campaign--Team Mueller tried to coerce him into saying that he had. This was to create the conspiracy--the "big there" that just wasn't "there" in Crossfire Hurricane, as Strzok put it in May, 2017.
Does any of this give you warm fuzzies about the FBI or our Intel "Community" in general? Me neither. If justice is ever to be done, then the injustices inflicted on Papadopoulos and many others will need to be addressed.
ADDENDUM: There are a number of murky areas in the whole George Papadopoulos saga. Rather than get into them here, I'll just point to an earlier post that discusses them in a fair amount of detail: Could Papadopoulos Blow The Russia Hoax Wide Open?
UPDATE: CTH has what looks like a screen grab from Papadopoulos' book, and a brief intro, that fills out the details that I referred to in a comment below. Here goes:
When Robert Mueller took over the Crossfire Hurricane operation, the FBI ran an elaborate entrapment string against Papadopoulos using a CIA asset in Israel and a payment of $10,000 in cash. FBI Agents were waiting at the airport in Washington DC for Papadopoulos to return. However, that part of the Mueller plan failed because Papadopoulos left the money behind. So they applied pressure another way, from his book: