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McCain Responsible For Steele Dossier Leak

Via Zerohedge

A longtime associate of late Arizona Senator John McCain leaked a copy of the infamous Steele Dossier to BuzzFeed News, according to a Wednesday court filing, according to the Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross.

McCain dispatched former State Department official David Kramer to London on November 28, 2016 where Dossier author Christopher Steele reportedly allowed Kramer to see it, while a copy was later provided to McCain through Kramer. McCain then provided a copy of the document to former FBI Director James Comey during a December 9 meeting, according to an October 2017 Daily Caller report.

On Wednesday, thanks to a filing by US District Court Ursula Ungaro as part of a final report ahead of her ruling in BuzzFeed‘s favor in a defamation lawsuit, we learn that Kramer provided BuzzFeed a copy of the dossier during a December 29, 2016 meeting. As the Caller notes, it is unclear whether Kramer actually gave BuzzFeed‘s Ken Bensinger a copy, or if Bensinger took photos of the document – or both.

Kramer testified that Bensinger took photos of the Dossier when Kramer was out of the room, even though he asked Bensinger not to,” wrote Ungaro, who added that “in a later declaration, Kramer stated that he had no objection to Bensinger taking a hard copy and had provided hard copies to other journalists.”

“The parties dispute whether Kramer gave Bensinger a copy or whether Bensinger took photos of the Dossier when Kramer was not looking,” reads a footnote in the ruling.

Kramer met Nov. 30, 2016, with McCain and McCain’s chief of staff, Christopher Brose, to review Steele’s reports.

Kramer advised McCain to share the reports with the FBI and the CIA,” according to Ungaro.

Days later, Kramer met at McCain’s behest with Victoria Nuland, who served then as assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian affairs and the State Department, and Celeste Wallender, the top Russian affairs official at the National Security Council.

Nuland and Wallender were aware of the dossier and Steele, according to Ungaro. –Daily Caller

According to the filing, “Kramer reviewed with Bensinger what he knew about the Dossier and explained that he took the allegations seriously.”

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December 20, 2018

In any truly democratic, civilised country there would never be any tolerance of such corrupt self-serving criminals that masquerade as politicians and public officials. Alas, the US today is a devolved banana republic worthy only of deep internment.

Reply to  TEP
December 20, 2018

In a truly democratic, civilised country there wouldn’t be politicians or public officials. It would be a civic duty for everyone to share responsibility for running the country.

Reply to  Cudwieser
December 21, 2018

And it would be easy because everyone would be voting to improve their lives with their hard earned money.

Sally Snyder
Sally Snyder
December 20, 2018

Here is an interesting explanation about John McCain’s pathological hatred for Russia/the Soviet Union:

December 21, 2018

The (much)former senator was miffed by his inability to sway the American public to vote for him in the various presidential elections in which he was a participant. Of course, he had cases of sour grapes on which to munch for his having been bettered. Throughout his lifetime, he was a spoiled brat, first having his various “successes” underwritten by his paternal parents then by his marriage. His “maverick” persona was enhanced by such alliances and the various legends that were created with him as the central character. The (much)former senator had any number of adversaries against whom he railed… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
December 21, 2018

Thankfully, McCain is dead – but his ghost still spooks around. Horror!

December 21, 2018

Zerohedge has thousands of us permanently blocked from making comments because we don’t (always) agree with them. Then there is RI with Disqus…that might as well be mossad intel doing their comments and RT….another that permanently bans when they don’t like your opinion. For example, RT banned me for saying that Trump would accomplish nothing in N Korea.

Duran….don’t let the Israel proxy(s) run your comments like RI and RT and Zerohedge and most other comment platforms.

Reply to  Tjoe
December 22, 2018

Information Clearinghouse (ICH) has managed to do this – and to get rid of the trolls as well, so there should be no reason why Duran could not do likewise.

Alexander Baron
December 24, 2018

Saint John, why am I not surprised? Bad as Obama was, if McCain had won the Presidency in 2008, there would have been a full scale war in the Middle East.

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