Infamous Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud has featured heavily in the now-published Mueller Report, with his connections with a Russian troll factory who purposely ran divisive social media campaigns in the USA of particular note.
It also details a meeting the report’s investigators had with Mifsud in February 2017.
The Times of Malta has reported how Mifsud had a contact with a Russian national who was employed with the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a company the report identifies as interfering in the US election by publishing divisive political material.
Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who is reported to hold ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, funded the IRA.
The report detailed how the IRA used a targeted social media campaign to sow discord and undermine the US election, specifically targeting Hilary Clinton.
Beyond social media, the agency also staged political rallies, where they posed as grassroots activists in support of US President Donald Trump’s campaign.
With a particular focus on twitter, facebook, and Instagram, the IRA also posed as fake American grassroots movements whether that is anti-immigration groups or black lives matter.
Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud – a former private secretary of PN foreign minister Michael Frendo – was previously named as the alleged link between the campaign team of US president Donald Trump and the Russian government.
Papadopolous had originally told the FBI he had met Mifsud before joining the Trump campaign but, he later admitted to having met the Maltese professor in Italy in March 2016, days after he had joined the campaign team.
The report outlines how investigators met with Mifsud in a Washington Hotel lobby in February 2017. He told investigators that he introduced two Russian nationals Olga Polonskaya and Ivan Timofeev to Papadopolous.
Papadopoulos later stated that Mifsud was a “nothing” who was just “talking up connections” and was “BS’ing to be completely honest with you.”
However, it was later found that he had lied about the extent of his relationship with Mifsud and his connection to high-ranking Russian official.s