Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos is at the center of the FBI’s spygate scandal.

The Bureau’s spy used Papadopoulos as his entry point to try and infiltrate the Trump campaign to uncover evidence of collusion.

But one new insider account reveals the spy ring may have been bigger than anyone thought.

Stephanie Mangiante – who is married to Papadopoulos – has recently stepped forward to level bombshell allegations about her husband’s treatment and the nature of the investigation into him.

Mangiante told the Daily Caller in an exclusive interview that she believes Papadopoulos was approached by multiple spies and that one of them was believed to have been a main source of the fake news Christopher Steele Russia dossier.

The Daily Caller reports:

“Mangiante, an Italian national, confirmed to TheDCNF that Millian is the individual Papadopoulos described in a July 22, 2016 Facebook message that is cited in documents the special counsel’s office released in October.

On or about July 22, 2016, PAPADOPOULOS messages Foreign Contact 2 on Facebook to ask whether Foreign Contact 2 knew a particular individual with extensive ties to Russian-based businesses and persons,” reads an affidavit released along with Papadopoulos’ guilty plea. “PAPADOPOULOS asked Foreign Contact 2 ‘[i]f you know any background of him that is noteworthy before I see him, kindly send my way.’”

It is interesting to note that a source for the Steele dossier approached Papadopoulos shortly after Steele began submitting reports on his findings to the Bureau.

Mangiante told the Daily Caller that Millian met with Papadopoulos multiple times and even offered him $30,000 to consult for him as long as he retained a job within the Trump administration.

The Daily Caller reports:

“Mangiante also said that Papadopoulos and Millian met multiple times in Chicago and New York City before the election. In one encounter in Chicago, Millian offered Papadopoulos a substantial sum of money as part of an energy-related business deal.

The catch was that Millian said Papadopoulos would have to remain in the Trump administration while carrying out the work.

The business offer has been previously reported by The New York Times and NBC News. However, Mangiante is providing new details, saying that Millian offered Papadopoulos “$30,000 a month to work as a consultant while with Trump.”

Dangling a business proposal is a common way spies recruit sources.

Stefan Halper – the FBI spy who worked to infiltrate the Trump campaign – also used business as an opening to introduce himself to Papadopoulos.

Halper offered to pay Papadopoulos $3,000 to write a paper on Turkish energy issues and fly to London in September 2016.

After Papadopoulos traveled to London, Halper began pressing him for information about his knowledge of the Russian cyber attacks in the 2016 election.

Mangiante also made it clear that in the conversation with Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud, which the FBI claimed kicked off their counterintelligence investigation, Papadopoulos understood Mifsud to be claiming the Russians had the 30,000 emails Hillary Clinton deleted off her private server.

That information had been public knowledge for nearly a year by the time this conversation took place in May 2016.

Mangiante says that proves Papadopoulos was not involved in any Russian collusion scheme.

But in her interview with the Daily Caller, she makes it clear she does not believe Halper was the only possible spy who approached her husband.

Because Millian, a source for the Steele dossier, used the same method of approach that Halper used, Mangiante suspects that multiple spies – who could be connected to multiple governments or intelligence agencies – were trying to gain access to the Trump campaign.

Did the FBI collude with a Russian – who fed fake news to Christopher Steele – to spy on the Trump campaign?