Jeff Stein ✔ @SpyTalker
Rumor inside NSC is that Peek ‘had relations with Russian hookers and could not locate his government cell phone,’ insider source tells me.
AP sources: Security probe targets Trump’s Russia adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House adviser on Europe and Russia issues has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, two people with knowledge of his exit said…
10:12 PM – Jan 19, 2020
This was reported on Jan 5:
Reza Marashi ✔ @rezamarashi
“One of Trump’s top Iran advisors got suckered into a honey trap, had their laptop/iPhone stolen and hacked before they woke up, and the White House refused to take precautionary measures regarding their security clearance. Ladies and gents, I give you the Trump administration.”
10:49 PM – Jan 5, 2020
More on John, er, I mean Andrew Peek:
Andrew L. Peek is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to joining the State Department, he was a Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas while finishing his Ph.D. in international relations under Dr. Eliot Cohen at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His writing has been published in Foreign Affairs and The Wall Street Journal, among other outlets, and he has appeared regularly to discuss foreign policy issues on television.
Before entering academia, Peek served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. General David Petraeus requested him personally for his Commanders’ Initiatives Group in Afghanistan, where he served as the strategic advisor on intelligence and special operations issues for General John Allen, Petraeus’s successor. In that role he was Gen. Allen’s personal advisor for direct action, foreign internal defense, intelligence, and Pakistani aspects of the war. He also advised on the commander’s meetings with foreign intelligence agencies, other national representatives, ministerial conferences at NATO, and interagency meetings with the White House. He subsequently served as a reservist with Joint Special Operations Command.
Prior to his service in Afghanistan, Peek served as the national security and foreign affairs advisor for two different U.S. Senators, Gordon Smith of Oregon and Mike Johanns of Nebraska. During the tenure of both, he developed a variety of bills and policy that were voted into law. These included the primary Iran sanctions bill of the 110th Congress, which served as the basis in the next Congress for the most significant sanctions law on Iran in 15 years.
Peek graduated from Princeton with High Honors in 2003 and received a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2005, where he served as a research assistant for Dr. Graham Allison’s U.S. Foreign Policy Course. He is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Peek is Fiona Hill’s successor:
Joyce Alene ✔ @JoyceWhiteVance
Fiona Hill’s successor was placed on leave over national security issues & escorted off the WH grounds on Friday. Peek advised Trump on Russia & Europe issues.
10:58 PM – Jan 19, 2020
One more fun fact – Andrew is the son of RW financial talking head Liz Peek: