Former foreign-policy adviser to President Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos, on his way to prison last week, stepped in yet another steaming pile of controversy. No, the man was not hob-knobbing in the City by the Bay. Rather, he has found himself, once again, at the epicenter of accusations by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Professor Joseph Mifsud, the shrouded figure who appeared out of nowhere and courted Papadopoulos during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, has simply vanished into thin air. The DNC dropped that little nugget of intel when attorneys claimed in court that the witness “is missing and may be deceased.”
DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said “The DNC’s counsel has attempted to serve Mifsud for months and has been unable to locate or contact him. In addition, public reports have said he has disappeared and hasn’t been seen for months.”
The Missing Man from Malta
Mifsud broke into the American vernacular after an interview was published in L’Espresso, October 2017, in which he admitted his alleged unsavory role as the conduit between Russia and Papadopoulos, which sparked a media frenzy over what we now refer to as Russiagate.
A professor with claims of grandeur and an unverifiable employment history somehow convinced Papadopoulos he had incriminating information that the Trump campaign would find interesting. Seriously? It didn’t make sense then or today.
Liberty Nation’s Mark Angelides has perhaps the best description of the mysterious man from Malta in his thought-provoking series, Bringing Down a President:
“…Professor Joseph Mifsud; a man who claimed to have top-level contacts in the Russian government but whose background is a mixture of the obscure and unverifiable. Mr. Mifsud is a mysterious character: He is supposedly an ambassador but no one can verify this; the London Academy of Diplomacy where he is said to be a professor a shell institution. His native Malta has almost no record of him. None of his profiles for all the places where he is said to have worked connect on the internet.”
And no one has seen Mifsud since late last year. His Ukrainian fiancé, Anna, spoke to BuzzFeed on condition that only her first name be used. She claims Mifsud warned her in their last text communique to not speak with journalists, “Someone from London [sic] journalist asks about you,” she messaged October 31, 2017. “Do not reply please,” was his terse response.
Off the Grid
The DNC isn’t the only organization in search of the invisible man. Italian prosecutors have searched for months in order to serve a court summons to Mifsud over business improprieties, allegations of financial wrongdoing, and “of unjustifiably inflating salaries at a university consortium in Agrigento, Sicily.”
Hardly a life-threatening ordeal, albeit quite possibly embarrassing, for the good professor.
So where is the man who may have the answers about Russiagate?
Let’s review the groups involved: Russia, the Clintons, The DNC, and possibly Papadopoulos. The first three are quite frightening, given the lies, cheating, and string of deaths associated with the triad.
Russia: Anna swears her man is extremely close friends with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister. She confessed her frustrations to reporters from BuzzFeed:
“He said, ‘I have dinner with Lavrov tonight. Lavrov is my friend. Lavrov this, Lavrov that.’ He even show [sic] me picture with Lavrov.”
Russia’s Foreign Minister has been eerily silent.
Perhaps Mifsud is dining at the Kremlin, secreted away from the drama unfolding in the United States. If he is alive, he is a professional at leaving no paper trail, no digital thumbprint, and feels no remorse of his actions in committing a multitude of possibly illegal actions for several questionable actors on the international stage.
Perhaps he has gone underground to protect himself and his loved ones – or he is six feet underground and not likely to incriminate anyone, anymore, in the unfolding drama. Ah, the truth may set him free if found. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening.