Carter Page is an FBI target of investigation, and he shouldn't be. He has been under surveillance for years, and he shouldn't be. The FBI's reasons are his associations with Russians, built through business and financial matters, and his views on U.S. foreign policy toward Russia that are critical of U.S. foreign policy.
On grounds like these, the FBI could build a case for spying on a large number of people looking to do business with Russians. The FBI could also spy on many, many people in the pro-liberty and anti-empire camp who are critical of U.S. foreign policy: Justin Raimondo, Lew Rockwell, Daniel McAdams and Ron Paul, to name a few of the more prominent.
Here are the incontrovertible facts about Carter Page, as best as I can assemble them. My statements are all based on evidence available to anyone who will do the research. The source articles are here, here, here, here, here and here. They will support the conclusion that the FBI is operating way out of bounds, along police state lines in which the Bill of Rights is seriously violated.
Carter Page is not a spy for the Russians. He never has been a spy for the Russians. Carter Page is not a dupe in the hands of Russian agents and never has been. The Russians didn't infiltrate the Trump campaign through Carter Page or anyone else.
Page didn't advise Trump on foreign policy. He didn't attend national security meetings. Trump had never met Page when, under pressure from the media, he released a list of national security advisers that included the name of Carter Page. Page was strictly a junior figure for a brief period, splitting the campaign before the election.
Carter Page is a businessman and financier, an investment banker, who has specialized in Russian investments for years. That's his career. He worked at a Merrill Lynch office in Moscow in 2004. He developed relationships with Gazprom executives before returning to New York in 2007.
Speaking from experience, he takes issue with the "conventional wisdom that these are all crooks and bad guys."
The FBI has brought no charges against Page, and they've been spying on him for 4 years. The spying began when he met with Victor Podobnyy, who turned out to be a "Russian operative". Page denies knowing that the man was a spy. He says he gave him some extracts of lectures he gave at NYU.
According to the New York Times, "The F.B.I. interviewed Mr. Page in 2013 as part of an investigation into the spy ring, but decided that he had not known the man was a spy, and the bureau never accused Mr. Page of wrongdoing."
Page made a speech in July of 2016 in Russia in which he criticized U.S. foreign policy toward Russia. He said that the West was prolonging "Cold War tendencies". He said that the U.S. was "condescending and hostile" toward Russia. He said "Ironically, Washington and other Western capitals have impeded potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change."
Two months later, the FBI, its suspicions aroused, got a FISA warrant from a federal judge so that they could electronically surveil Page. To get this, the FBI had to affirm through "facts and circumstances" that Page is an "agent of a foreign power".
CNN now reports that the investigation has come up with no evidence of wrongdoing by Page or anyone else in the Trump campaign: "Intelligence analysts and FBI investigators who analyzed various strands of intelligence from human sources to electronic and financial records have found signs of possible collusion between the campaign and Russian officials. But there is not enough evidence to show that crimes were committed, US officials say."