A former British intelligence officer now working for a private security-and-investigations firm produced the dossier of unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia, people familiar with the matter say, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
While we learned earlier today that John McCain was responsible for handing over the 35-page "dossier" of compromising, if potentially fake, revelations about Trump's connections to Russia to the FBI, the identity of the actual creator, who was said to be an ex-British intelligence service, remained a mystery.
REUTERS/Mike SegarChristopher Steele, a former officer in the British intelligence agency MI6, was the person responsible for creating the dossier of explosive allegations about President-elect Donald Trump's ties to Russia, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The former British spy identified in media reports as the author of a dossier of allegations against Donald Trump is a reliable and thorough intelligence specialist, a retired top U.K diplomat said.
Christopher Steele, who worked for MI6 and now runs a private intelligence firm, would not invent evidence, Andrew Wood, Britain’s former ambassador to Russia, told BBC Radio on Friday.
Jonathan Ernst/Getty ImagesThe CIA and the FBI would not have briefed the president and the president-elect on claims that Russia has compromising information on Donald Trump if they did not take the allegations seriously, said former CIA operatives and analysts who spoke to Business Insider.
As reported moments ago, CNN is leading with a story about a 35-page dossier compiled by a former member of British intelligence, which had been distilled into a 2-page appendix presented to Trump last Friday by the US intel community, and which contains "explosive, but unverified, allegations" that the Russian government has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" President-elect Donald Trump for at least 5 years
Every day seems to bring fresh news in the Kremlin-gate scandal about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Just a few highlights from the past week:
– CBS News reports that the FBI is investigating whether “Trump campaign representatives had a role in helping Russian intelligence as it carried out cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee” as far back as March 2016.