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UK MI6 dumps Steele in plan to mend fences with Trump White House (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 450.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the stunning UK Sunday Times article, where the man behind the nearly three year Russiagate hoax, ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele, is revealed to have completely “fabricated” the entire infamous dossier on Trump and Russia.


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Via The Washington Examiner…

A British author who specializes in espionage raised serious doubts about former MI6 officer Christopher Steele’s salacious dossier, which was included in the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Rupert Allason, a former member of Parliament whose pen name is Nigel West, conducted a forensic analysis of Steele’s work, which made stunning allegations about coordination between Trump’s camp and Russia. He came away “stunned” by what he viewed to be a poor job by a former intelligence officer whom he once considered to be a friend.

“There is … a strong possibility that all Steele’s material has been fabricated,” Allason wrote in a report obtained by the British newspaper Sunday Times.

Allason, 68, was commissioned by a Republican law firm after the dossier, a series of reports that included details of a “pee tape” and an alleged video obtained by the Russians of Trump with prostitutes urinating on a bed in a Moscow hotel room, was published by BuzzFeed in January 2017.

Allason’s report comes in the wake of an assessment by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who condemned Steele, 55, and the FBI for its reliance on his dossier to obtain warrants for wiretapping onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Additionally, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded an investigation last year that found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The FBI has been heavily criticized by Trump and his Republican allies for not making clear to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that Steele’s work, commissioned by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, was funded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the Perkins Coie law firm.

Allason determined that because Steele had Democratic benefactors, he had “a strong financial incentive to perpetuate the reporting” of Trump’s links to Russia.

Horowitz’s report, which was released in December and faulted the Justice Department and the FBI for 17 “significant errors and omissions” in its submissions to the FISA court, showed that FBI interviews with Steele’s primary Moscow-based source, beginning in January 2017, “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting.” This source claimed that much of what he told Steele was “hearsay” or, in the case of the “pee tape,” just “rumor and speculation” from a sub-source, reported by some to likely be Belarus-born businessman Sergei Millian. Millian, however, has denied being a source for the dossier.

Allason also took issue with Steele’s sourcing, writing that from “a professional intelligence perspective, the dossier as a whole is profoundly troubling and cannot be taken at face value.”

“Source E is credited with access to Ritz-Carlton staff, knowledge of Russian government involvement with WikiLeaks and the abuse of Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States. This appears to be an extraordinarily wide area of expertise,” Allason wrote, adding, “The apparent lapses bear the hallmarks of invention.”

In a statement, Steele’s Orbis Business Intelligence accused Allason of writing a “politically motivated” report as his research was funded by a Republican law firm and asserted that Allason’s findings were not “based on any knowledge” of its sources and methods.

West’s work, the firm said, “lacks authority” because he “was never an intelligence officer and has no experience of operational work in the field.” Orbis also claimed “much of the dossier has been proven” since 2017 and declared: “We stand by the integrity and quality of our work.”

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“We stand by the integrity and quality of our work.”

And so did the Happy Hooker.

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Well….I am not sure Steele acted alone…now there seems to be a move to dissavow him ….is there any indication that Steele had supporters directors motivators whatever they can be called within British intelligence at a high level or on the fringes let alone lower level possibly such as Paul Miller and Skripal and these latter persons are now deemed much more worthy of protection?

Is Orbis now finished too as they seemed to be doing stuff in some way for intelligence services?

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0 degrees of separation

They’re all connected and working in concert. They should all be indicted under the RICO act with a whole slew of John Does running messages between them.

Sounds a bit paranoid schizophrenic, doesn’t it? I wish it were but sorry, it’s the real deal.

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

ABSOLUTELY. And this admission is the beginning of the end. The weak link in the conspiracy has finally broken, the first one has cracked. Its all going to unravel now.

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

Best forgo driving your own car Mr. Steele and catch a random Uber. Wouldn’t want to have an “accident” like Michael Hastings now would you?

Robertx5
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Robertx5

So a forensic report was commissioned 2 years ago by a Republican law firm which casts serious doubts on the quality and veracity of Steele’s work, and yet there has not been a whisper about it. No tweets from Donald Trump loudly claiming vindication based on it. Nothing from Devin Nunes in Congress, no long articles by Sara Carter or John Solomon. If the report and time line is correct, do we need to confront the strong possibility that we are still nowhere close to fully understanding what the charade of Trump/Russia collusion, Trump impeachment etc is all about, why… Read more »

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Well, some of us do, and have for some time. Its been obvious since day 1 if you were watching and understanding this whole thing before Trump came along. Most knew it would happen before he was inaugurated, and when they took Flynn down, we knew it was “on”. We expected it would happen before that, when Flynns’ Der Spiegel interview was published.And its not the dems, its not Steele, its not the CIA, its not MI-6, they are all tools. The focus has been on the knife, not who wields it, but those that talk about that, even on… Read more »

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Boris Johnson has calculated that Donald Trump will win the 2020 election. There is a basis for that of course. But let’s not be misled. The contest between the Dems and the Repubs, despite what those who milk that idea for a living think and say about it, is phony. If it wasn’t, then the Dems would have gone after Trump over any one of a million good causes to impeach him. Instead, they picked something that has no traction. Trump winning the 2020 election means that the American-dominated Corporatocracy will win the election. Trump could lose the 2020 election… Read more »

begob
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The only disappointment is that there’s still no connection with Sergei Skripal.

Arby
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Alex: Why bother referring to quotes when you’re reading them if you’re going to do it partially? Do it fully – properly – or not at all. Sheesh!

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