They lay the case out in pretty good detail here.
Thanks to the work cited above, some details regarding a very private UK Intelligence firm have surfaced.
Hakluyt is British strategic intelligence and advisory firm. It was founded by former MI6 members and retains close ties to UK Intelligence services.
In the small circular world of professional spooks, Hakluyt has ties with three unexpected individuals:
Australian diplomat Alexander Downer.
Stefan Halper, a former policy advisor to Nixon, Ford and Reagan.
Alexander Downer famously met with George Papadopoulos at a London Bar in May 2016. This meeting would be used by the FBI as their excuse behind opening the July 2016 Counterintelligence Investigation.
Note: The FBI didn’t bother to interview Papadopoulos until January 27, 2017. The conversation in question took place in May 2016. The FBI knew of this conversation no later than July 2016.
From the New York Times:
During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.
About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.
The diplomat, Alexander Downer, informed the Australian government of the conversation.
Two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts.
The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the FBI to open an investigation in July 2016.
Buried at the bottom of the Times article was the following:
It is unclear whether Mr. Downer was fishing for that information that night in May 2016. The meeting at the bar came about because of a series of connections, beginning with an Israeli Embassy official who introduced Mr. Papadopoulos to another Australian diplomat in London.
An Israeli official, who Papadopoulos knew, introduced him to another Australian diplomat who introduced Papadopoulos to Downer. There’s more to this story.
As previously noted, Alexander Downer has long-standing ties to the Clinton Foundation.
Downer personally arranged one of the largest foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation – $25 million from the Australian government.
Less known is that Downer was on the Advisory Board of Hakluyt (the private UK intelligence firm) from 2008-2014.
Refute it if you can.