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Former FBI Director Comey speaks to the media after private deposition to House Judiciary and Government...
WAS HE WORKING FOR AN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY?
In an op-ed in the Washington Post in May, former FBI director James Comey referred to Mifsud as a "Russian agent", although he did not say why he believed that to be the case. Mueller's report does not directly make the same allegation. For his part, Papadopoulos has repeatedly suggested, without presenting any evidence, that Mifsud was working for Western intelligence agencies in an effort to tarnish Trump.
Gianni Pitella, a former member of the European Parliament and an Italian senator for the center-left Democratic Party, attended the same conference in Rome where Mifsud and Papadopoulos first met in 2016. He described Mifsud as sociable and well-connected, but not someone you would expect to find at the heart of international intrigue.
"Mifsud is a kind-mannered person with a vast culture. He is a great storyteller, one who has relationships with academic authorities," he told Reuters. "My impression is that he was very good at weaving together relationships, but had nothing to do with people involved in espionage."
A senior Maltese official who worked with Mifsud earlier in his career said he found Mifsud hard to believe, while another Maltese associate described him as a "bluffer".
"I simply do not believe he had Russian contacts, especially at a high level. He was personally a nice guy to talk to, I would even say he was a good connector, but nothing high-level," the official said. "He was also disorganized, he would start one thing, then move to another before completing the first. I laugh when I read what is said about him." Pictured: Former FBI Director James Comey speaks to the media after giving a private deposition to the House Judiciary and House Government and Oversight committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts