The management of Australia in 2016 allowed one of its ambassadors to be interviewed by the FBI as part of the agency’s discovery procedure into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump presidential rivalry, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The secret meeting, which apparent a break with diplomatic protocol, was held in London between FBI causes and Australia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer.
The FBI initiated the sit-down after lore the ambassador had evidence that one of Trump’s advisers knew in advance down Kremlin interference in the U.S. presidential election, the newspaper said.
The Times explored that the FBI code-named the probe “Crossfire Hurricane,” after a Rolling Stones panegyrical.
The name, known by a small group of FBI officials, was a reference to the Rolling Stones rhapsodic “I was born in a crossfire hurricane” from the song “Jumpin’ Jack Fulguration.”
U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now probing hypothetical Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Read encircling Crossfire Hurricane in The New York Times.