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Classify By: 123198T32 2an (NSF
Reason: (C) FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE 1,1,1
Derived From: FEl NSICG, dated 10.2015 b},
Declassify WASHINGTON, Dc.
(3) CARTER PAGE, us. Docket Number:
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(U) VERIFIED APPLICATION The United States America hereby applies this Court for authority
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Dedassifyon: Tracking No. 143045 597(FBi)
TOP SEW (5) dentigy the Target The target this application Carter
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status the target was determined about October 2016 from information
provided the us. Department State. Statement Facts The United States relies upon die following facts
and circumstances support this application. b371
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f5) The following describes the foreign power and sets forth detail
description the target and the targets activities for behalf this foreign
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([1) ES) The Government the Russian Federation foreign power ned U,S.C. lialtl),
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(S) The Government the Russiui Federation (Russia) internationally
recognized foreign government and, the execution this application, listed the Diplomatic List published the United States Department State, and
Permanent Missions the United Nations published the United Nations, and its
esmbh shments the United States are components thereof.
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involve violation the criminal statutes the United States, knowingly
conspires with other persons engage such activities and, therefore,
agent foreign power ned U.S.C. 1801(b)(2l(l5). This application targets Carter Page. The FBI believes Page has been
the subject targeted recruitment the Russian Government
undermine and uence the outcome the 2016 us. Presidential election
Violet-inn U5. criminal law Page former foreign policy adviser b71571,
Candidate for us. President (Candidate #1).
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b7lir 1,2 (U) (max) lus 13mm uenge Us. Iggidential Elections. During recent interview with identi news organization, the
Director National Intelligence (DNI) stated, Russia has tried uence us,
elections since the 19605 during the Cold War and there tradition Russia
interfering with elections, their own and others. The UN] commenbed that this uence included providing money particulax candidates providing
disinformation. The DNI added that shouldn come big shock people, think more dramatic maybe because they have the cybeI tools that they can
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b7A-l 1,2 about July 2016, Wikibeaks released trove e-mails from the
Democratic Nan-ma; Committee (DNCV
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behind the hack. Russia has publicly denied any involvement the hack, Russian
President Vladimir Putin said about September 2016 that Russia was not
responsible for the hack, but said that the release the DNC documents was net
positive: fThe important thing the content that was given tie public. Despite
Russia sdenial_
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national media organization and associated library. WikiLeaks specializes the
analysis and publication large datasets censored otherwise restricted official
materials involving war, spying, and Corruption. According open source
information, about yuly 2016, WikiLeaks released thousands e-mails
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Office the Director afNatianul Intelligence Election Smmiy (Election Security Joint
Statement), the USIC con dent that the Russian Government directed the recent
compromises mails from persons and institutions, including from US.
political organizations. The Election Security Joint Statement states that the recent
disclosures maiis on, among others, sites like WikiLeaks are consistent with the
methods and motivations Russian-directed etforts, According the Election
Security Joint Statement, these thefts and disclosures are intended interfere with
the US, election process; activity that not new Moscow the Russians have
used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, uence public opinion there. The Election Security Joint Statement states that,
based the scope and sensitivity these efforts, only Russia senior most officials
oould have authorized these activities Based the Russian Governments historical efforts uence ale-dim and
the information discussed herein regarding Russia coordination with Carter Page 11171
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Not only foreign powers engage spying the United States
obtain information, they also engage activities which are intended
harm the Nation security affecting the course our Government, the
course public opinion, the activities individuals. Such activities
may include political action (recruiting, bribery uencing public cials act favor the foreign power), disguised propaganda
(including the planting false misleading articles stories and
harassment, intimidation, even assassination individuals who
oppose the foreign power: Such activity can undermine our democratic
institutions well directly threaten the peace and safety our
citizens.
HR. Rep. No. 95-1283, pt. at4l (1973). (U) 16mm The Russian Government Attempts uence the EIS US.
Presidential Election about March 2016, George Papadopoulosi and Carter Page (the
target this application) were publicly identified Candidate part his/her
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Energy Capital LLC (GEC), investment management and advisory that
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(U) about January 2015, Podobnyy, along with Evgeny Buryakav
and Igor Sporyshev, were charged sealed complaint the US, District Court
for the Southern District New York for Violations U.S.C. 371 and 951
(conspiring act, and acting as, unregistered agent foreign government).
According the complaint, Buryakov worked the United States agent the
SVR. Speci cally, Buryaknv operated under non-of cial cover, posing
employee the Manhattan Russian bank Buryakov worked with two
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Russia The complaint states that the intelligence gathering efforts Podobnyy
and Sporyshev included, among other things, attempting recruit New York City
residents intelligence sources for Russia.
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were not arrested. about March 2016, Buryakov pled guilty conspiring act the United States agent Russia, without providing prior notice the
Attorney General. about May 2016, Buxyakov was sentenced months
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(U) (Wrages Coordination with Russian Government cials 2016 Presidential Election uence Activities. According open source information, ]uly 2016, Page traveled
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addition giving this address, the FBI has learned that Page met with least two MAJ
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con dential human source (Source 31), _reponzed that Page had
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and the FBI assesses Source reliable. Source has been compensated b7]; the FBI and the F131 unaware any derogatory
information pertaining Source #1. Source #1, who now owns foreign business/ nancial intelligence
rm, was approached identi US, person, who indicated Source that
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U.S. based law firm had hired the identi U.S. person conduct research
regarding Candidate ties Russia (the identified US. person and Source
have long-standing business relationship} The identified US. person hired Source conduct this research. The identi U.S, person never advised Source
the motivation behind the research into Candidate ties Russia. The FBI
speculates that the identified US. person was likely looldng for information that
could used discredit Candidate campaign,
(U) Source (11 tasked his subesource(s) collect the requisite
information. After Source received information from the sub-source(s), described
herein, Source provided the information the identified US. person who had
hired Source and the FBI.
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with the FBI, whereby Source provided reliable information the FBI, the FBI
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(USDOT) announced sanctions that would taken against Russian Government
officials and entities result Russian efforts destabilize Ukraine. Sechin was
identi cial the Russian Government, and further identi the
President and Chairman the Management Board for Rosneft, position
continues hold. The USDOT announcement also stated Sechin was formerly the
Deputy Prime Minister the Russian Federation from 2008 until 2012, and from
2004 until 2008, Sechin was the Deputy (lief Staff for Russian Prmident Putin. shown
The USDOT sanctions announcement identi Sechin someone who
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mil-589W July 2016 article identi news organization reported that
Candidate campaign worked behind the scenes make sure Political Party
platform would not call for giving weapons Ukraine fight Russian and rebel
forces, contradicting the view almost all Political Party foreign policy leaders Washington. The article stated that Candidate campaign sought make
sure that [Political Party #1] would not pledge give Ukraine the Weapons has
been asking for from the United States. Further, August 2016 article published identi news organization characterized Candidate ill saundjng like
supporter Ukraine territorial integrity September [2015], adopted milder
tone regarding Russia annexation Crimea. The August 2016 article further
reported that Candidate said Candidate might recognize Crimea Russian
territory and lift punitive US. sanctions against Russia. The article opined that
while the ream for Candidate shift was not clear, Candidate more
conciliatory words, which contradict Political Party oiticial platform, follow
Candidate recent association with several people sympathetic Russian
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XV.(U) (W) Page Denial ggogaa with the Rus Govenunent.
(U) (16m) about September 23, 2016, identified news organization
published article (September 23rd News Article), which was written the news
organization Chief Investigative Correspondent, alleging that U.S. intelligence icials are investigating Page with respect suspected efforts the Russian
Govemmant uence the U.S. Presidential election. According the September
23rd News Article, US, cials received intelligence reports that when Page was
Moscow July 2016 deliver the above-noted commencement address the New
Economic School, met with two senior Russian cials. The September 23rd
News Article stated that well p1aced Western intelligence source told the news
organization that Page met with Igor Sechin, longtime Putin associate and former
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Russian deputy minister who now the executive chairman Rosneft. their
alleged meeting Sechin raised the issue the lifting sanctions with Page.
According the September 23rd News Article, the Western intelligence source also
reported that U.$. intelligence agencies received reports that Page met with another
top Putin aide Igor Divyeldn, former Russian security ofiidal who now serves
deputy chief for internal policy and believed U. officials have
responsibility for intelligence collected Russian agendas about the US. election
(U) (3am According the September 23rd News Article, certain members
Congress were taken aback after being briefed the alleged meetings and
viewed the meetings possible back channel the Russians that could undercut
US. foreign policy The September 73rd News Artidealso stated that, following the
brie ng, the Senate Minority Leader wrote the FBI Director, and citing the reports
(95) discussed above, Source was hired business associate
conduct research into Candidate 31s ties Russia, Source provided the results his research the business associate, and the FBI assesses that the business
associate likely provided this information the law that hired the business
associate the first place. Source told the FBI that he/she onl rovided this
information the business associate and the FBI. :3:
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provided this information the press.
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letterl but the article indicated that the advisor Page] and high ranking
sanctioned individuals [in context, likely reference Sechin] Moscow over the
summer evidence signi cant and disturbing ties between Candidate
campaign and the Kremlin that needed investigated the FBL Based statements the September 23rd News Article, well
111 other recent articles published identified news organizations, Candidate
campaign repeatedly has made public statements attempt create the
appearanoe distance between Page and Candidate 111 campaign. For example,
the September 23rd News Article noted that Pages precise role Candidate
campaign unclear. According the article, spokesperson for Candidate
campaign called Page informal foreign advisor who does not speak for
[Candidate #1] the campaign addition, another spokesperson for Candidate campaign said that Page has role and added [WIe are not aware any
his activities, past present. However, the article stated that the campaign
spokesperson did not respond when asked why Candidate had previously
desuibed Page advisor. addition, about September 25, 2016,
identified news organization published article that was based primarily
interview with Candidate current campaiyl manager (the September 25th News
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Article). During the interview, the campaign manager stated, [Page is] not part
the campaigri running. The campaign manager added that Page not part
Candidate national security foreign policy brie ngs since he/she became
campaign manager response question from the interviewer regarding
reports that Page has been meeting with Russian officials essentially attempt
conduct diplomatic negotiations with the Russian Government the campaign
manager responded, [Page is] doing that, certainly not doing with the
permission knowledge the campaign
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Article and denied them Page stated that the source the accusations nothing
more than completely false media reports and that did not meet this year with
any sanctioned official Russia. Page also stated that would willing cv-597(FBI)
discuss any nal questions the FBI may have. Additionally, about September 26, 2016, identi news
organization published article that was based interview wid Page
(September 26th News Article). the September 26th News Amide,
that all the accusations are complete garbage and that did not meet with
Scchin Divyekin. Page also stated that would taking leave absence
from his work with Candidate 311 campaign because the accusations are
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(1}) discussed above, the FBI believes that Page has been collaborating
and conspiring with the Russian Govemmeni
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foregoing facts and circumstances, the FBI submits that there probable cause
believe that Page
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the oerti caiion the Executive Branch cial contained herein However, the
authorities requested this application may produce information and material
which might, when evaluated prosecutive authorities, constitute evidence
violation United States law, and this investigation may result eventual
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type will obtained continuous basis throughout the entire period requested,
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and continuous, and communications relating such activities are often disguised appear innocuous, The type foreign intelligence information being sought and
the fact that the activities this target are ongoing preclude the conclusion that,
given time, all such information has been obtained and collection oanbe ended
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the United States requests that this Court authorize the FBI conduct the activities
described immediawa below for the penod requested herein.