Ex-British Intelligence Officer ‘Behind Trump Russia Dossier’ Named
The identity of the former British intelligence officer said to have prepared documents claiming Russia has compromising material on Donald Trump has been revealed.
Christopher Steele is understood to be the author of the series of memos regarding the US president-elect.
They include unsubstantiated allegations that Mr Trump’s election team colluded with Russia.
Mr Trump has called the allegations “fake news, phoney stuff”.
Mr Steele is said to be a former member of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, and has been a director of Orbis – which describes itself as a leading corporate intelligence company.
The research – published in some US media – is believed to have been commissioned initially by Republicans opposed to Donald Trump and consists of extensive allegations about his personal life and his campaign’s relationship with the Russian state.
Among the allegations are that Moscow has a video recording of Mr Trump with prostitutes and damaging information about his business activities.
Intelligence agencies considered the claims relevant enough to brief both Mr Trump and President Obama last week.
But the allegations have not been independently substantiated or verified and some details have been challenged as incorrect by those who are mentioned.
Mr Trump himself was briefed about the existence of the allegations by the US intelligence community last week but has since described them as fake news.
Mr Steele did not respond to a request for comment.
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