Lewis Lukens

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Lewis Lukens was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in London at the time Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer passed on information about his meeting with George Papadopoulos.

Downer's action was out of process - if there were any intelligence value to Downer's meeting with Papadopoulos, protocol calls for Downer to report the substance to Canberra and Australian intelligence for analysis. If the information had probative value, then Australian intelligence shares the information with the CIA. Rather Downer contacted the U.S. embassy in London, and Downer's musings were passed from the U.S. State Department to the FBI which, according to the New York Times and anonymous FBI leaks, formed the basis of a counterintelligence investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign.

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