Kremlin likely cultivated Trump adviser, experts say

“I think he was a guy that got in above his head and possibly will go to jail for doing something really stupid,” the adviser told POLITICO. “He showed up at one meeting and then tried to set up meetings with Russians but no one took him seriously on the campaign.”…

Some former U.S. counterintelligence officials said the case bears the hallmarks of a Russian effort to cultivate an overseas “asset,” someone who could help Moscow get information — or even assist in the Kremlin’s effort to manipulate the 2016 election.

They also asked why, if Papadopoulos was a low-level functionary, he was pursuing contacts with foreigners — including what court documents call multiple email and Skype exchanges with a person claiming to have connections to the Russian foreign ministry — and why campaign emails show that he was encouraged to do so.