“I’m just a sacrificial lamb for people who are looking for a false story to tear down the Trump campaign.” Carter Page, former Trump adviser under investigation
On Monday, Four Corners reveals the story of two key players central to the allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“Unfortunately, Carter Page fell right into the trap, he walked right into the lion’s den, dragging the rest of us with him.” Former Trump campaign national security director
Carter Page and George Papadopoulos both served as foreign policy advisers to Donald Trump during the Presidential campaign. Both have come under investigation by the FBI and the special prosecutor examining Russia’s interference in the election. Both were targets of Russian spies.
“Typically, when Russian intelligence is in contact with someone, they don’t waste their time. They have a reason for doing it.” Former CIA Moscow station chief
In part two of Four Corners’ special investigative series, reporter Sarah Ferguson pieces together the events that have engulfed these men and the Trump camp.
“Honestly, not sure I can sort him out in my own mind whether he was doing something nefarious or was just naïve. I don't know. But I do know that he was a matter of concern to the FBI.” Former US Director of National Intelligence
In a sometimes tense encounter, Sarah Ferguson questions Carter Page about his actions and his insistence that he has done nothing wrong.
"In every way it’s a witch hunt. There is zero basis for anything related to the controversy surrounding myself.” Carter Page
In Chicago, George Papadopoulos is awaiting sentencing on charges of lying to the FBI. His wife explains how the couple became caught up in the scandal.
“He decided to cooperate with the FBI and is putting his knowledge fully at the disposal of the government…he’s a piece of the puzzle…His contribution is going to make a difference.” Wife of George Papadopoulos
And the program examines how a casual drink in a London bar set off alarm bells for US intelligence services.
“The now far reaching investigation into whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin may have started here at the Kensington wine rooms with Australia’s former foreign minister.” Sarah Ferguson
Secrets, spies and useful idiots, the second episode of this three-part investigative special series reported and presented by Sarah Ferguson, Monday 11th June at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 12th June at 1.00pm and Wednesday 13th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.