Media has been all over the revocation of the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, pushing the claim that that is somehow silencing him. Obviously, he hasn’t been ‘silenced’ at all since he’s still demonstrating why it should have been pulled with his rants. But while they’re all over that revocation, they’re missing a revocation that allegedly an effort to silence a whistleblower who discovered the Obama administration spying on the Trump campaign.
According to the Washington Times; in the fall of 2016, Adam Lovinger, a 12-year strategist with the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment complained about questionable contracts with Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who was being paid to spy on the Trump campaign.
Mr. Halper had been engaged by the FBI to make contacts with Trump campaign workers and he contacted George Papadopolous and Carter Page.
James Baker was the director of the Office of Net Assessment and he hired Halper.
In an internal October 2016 email to higher-ups, Mr. Lovinger wrote of “the moral hazard associated with the Washington Headquarters Services contracting with Stefan Halper,” the complaint said. It said Mr. Baker hired Mr. Halper to “conduct foreign relations,” a job that should be confined to government officials.
“It was a topic of conversation within the office,” Mr. Bigley told The Times. “What is Halper doing, and why is he being paid astronomically more than others similarly situated?”
The Office of Net Assessment conducts analyses of future threats and ways to defeat them.
“Nobody in the office seemed to know what Halper was doing for his money,” Mr. 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.”
But after he complained about that and about “sweetheart deals” for a “best friend” of Chelsea Clinton, Lovinger’s security clearance was pulled.
Mr. Lovinger filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint in May with the Defense Department inspector general against James Baker, director of the Office of Net Assessment. The complaint also singles out Washington Headquarters Services, a Pentagon support agency that awarded the Halper contracts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Mr. Halper was paid $411,000 by Washington Headquarters Services on Sept. 26, 2016, for a contract that ran until March 2018.
Mr. Lovinger tried to get out and get a position with the Trump White House national security staff in January 2017. But then he had to deal with the allegations of his security clearance being pulled and allegations from Mr. Baker that he failed to follow security rules which he denies. So obviously, it’s stalling his career move possibilities.
Lovinger also filed an ethics complaint in July alleging that his superiors were using the security clearance revocation to punish him. He’s is appealing that revocation.
Lovinger’s attorney Sean Bigley also said that inspector general’s criminal investigative division has interviewed Lovinger about Office of Net Assessment contracting.
And that may be indicative of more action coming from the Inspector General and/or criminal action being recommended in this case.