Practiced in the art of deception, former FBI agent Peter Strzok was a cunning liar. So cunning that close associates did not pick up on clues the married agent was having an affair with bureau lawyer Lisa Page.
That’s according to former undercover federal agent Wayne Black, who responded to testimony from two FBI officials who worked closely with Strzok and Page.
That all four worked together on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails reflects on that probe, according to Black, who spoke with The Daily Caller News Foundation about Strzok’s deceptive ways.
The officials, who saw themselves as friends of the lovers, testified before the House Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee in the summer of 2018 and the DCNF obtained unreleased transcripts of their testimony.
One of the officials, Jonathan Moffa, worked as a counterintelligence analyst for 20 years, DCNF reported. Now deputy assistant director at the FBI, Moffa worked extensively with Strzok and even went to ballgames with him.
They worked together on the investigation of Clinton’s emails, code-named Midyear Exam.
“When the Midyear Exam Investigation began and it was based in the counterespionage section, they put me in charge of the analytic team associated with that investigation,” Moffa testified, according to the Daily Caller.
But Moffa testified that he was blind to the fact that Strzok and Page were having an affair.
“No, I actually wasn’t,” Moffa reportedly replied, when asked if he knew of the affair. “He never spoke to me about it, and I had no evidence of that to point to.”
He also agreed that “any exploitable fact like that could be used” as a tool by foreign players to recruit assets in the world of espionage.
The second official was Sally Moyer, unit chief at the FBI’s Office of General Counsel, where Page worked.
Moyer also worked on the Clinton email case and testified that she was “friends” with Page both at work and outside of work.
She also said that she was unaware of the affair, learning about it from a Washington Post article. Moyer too said having an extramarital affair is “one of many factors that can be used to try to recruit a subject” for counter-espionage.
As noted by the online news source, FBI personnel are trained to look for activity that could lead to an agent being blackmailed.
Like Moffa, Moyer could not sense an affair going on right under her nose by a close friend.
Speaking with the DCNF, Black was highly skeptical.
“When they say they didn’t know, do they just mean they never walked in on them having sex? Intel is proactive, not reactive,” he said. “You don’t wait until something slaps you in the face. When you’re in the intel field you’re sensitive to something, you come up with a hypothesis, and you try to disprove or prove it.”
“Either they suspected it and got into denial and didn’t talk about it, or they knew about it and suppressed it,” he continued. “Either way they should have reported it, because [affair participants are] subject to blackmail.”
Black was even more critical of Strzok, suggesting that he used his training to his advantage.
“Someone in his position has extensive undercover and counter-intel training,” Black explained. “So if he’s doing something untoward, it’s second nature for him to use that deception training.
“He’s in survival mode. I watched those hearings, I think he’s pathological.”
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