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Downer helped spark Russia probe: NY Times

A New York Times report claims former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told former opposition leader and Australia’s top diplomat to the UK Alexander Downer that the Russians had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton during a night of drinking in early 2016. The report claims Mr Papadopoulos knew the Russian had dozens of stolen emails from the Clinton campaign. According the report, when the emails were subsequently leaked by Wikileaks, Australian officials alerted the FBI about the conservation. This year Mr Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is working with the Mueller investigation into whether any Americans colluded with Russia to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election. New Yorks Times reporter Mark Mazzetti has told CNN Mr Downer may not have realised the importance of the information he received until Ms Clinton’s emails were being leaked during the presidential campaign.

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