The first Steele dossier produced by a former British spy hasn’t been disproven, but much of it remains uncorroborated. According to a report from a British newspaper, former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a second dossier for the FBI on Donald Trump while the former president was in office.
“Mr. Steele filed a series of intelligence reports to US authorities during the Trump presidency, including information concerning alleged sexual exploits, The Telegraph reports. Mr. Steele’s continued involvement supplying intelligence to the FBI appears to give credibility to his original dossier, which sparked a Special Counsel investigation by prosecutor Robert Mueller into Russian interference into the 2016 US presidential elections.”
“Mr. Steele’s original leaked dossier detailed allegations of misconduct, conspiracy, and cooperation between Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign team and Vladimir Putin’s government,” the paper reports. “It also contained the sensational claim that the Kremlin was in possession of compromising material, including a sex tape of Mr. Trump with a prostitute at a hotel in Moscow in 2013.”
“The Telegraph understands that Mr. Steele, through his company Orbis Business Intelligence, continued supplying raw intelligence to the federal authorities in the US.,” the report continues. “The second dossier contains raw intelligence that makes further claims of Russian meddling in the US election and also references claims regarding the existence of further sex tapes. The second dossier is reliant on separate sources to those who supplied information for the first reports.”
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“The fact the FBI continued to receive intelligence from Mr. Steele, who ran MI6’s Russia desk from 2006 to 2009 before setting up Orbis, is potentially significant because it shows his work was apparently still being taken seriously after Mr. Trump took hold of the reins of power,” the report states.
“Intelligence gathered by Mr. Steele for his second dossier is understood to include further details of Mr. Manafort’s alleged Russian contacts,” the report adds. “Earlier this month, news sources in the US reported that Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate of Mr. Manafort, had passed Trump campaign polling and strategy information to Russian intelligence sources.”
We really, really, really do not want to see any sex tapes featuring Donald J. Trump, thankyouverymuch, but we’ll leave that to the authorities. Trump has denied the allegations in the first dossier, calling it fake news, but this second dossier appears to confirm that the FBI does not think it is fake news.
You can read the full report here.