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Monday, March 05, 2018

Steele told friends that Trump supporters were using him as a "battering ram" to "take down the whole intelligence community."

Steele had spent more than twenty years in M.I.6, most of it focussing on Russia. For three years, in the nineties, he spied in Moscow under diplomatic cover.

Between 2006 and 2009, he ran the service's Russia desk, at its headquarters, in London. He was fluent in Russian, and widely considered to be an expert on the country. He'd also advised on nation-building in Iraq.

As a British citizen, however, he was not especially knowledgeable about American politics.

Peter Fritsch, a co-founder at Fusion who has worked closely with Steele, said of him, "He's a career public-service officer, and in England civil servants haven't been drawn into politics in quite the same way they have here. He's a little naïve about the public square."




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Steele's already dim view of the Kremlin darkened in November, 2006, when Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian K.G.B. officer and a Putin critic who had been recruited by M.I.6, suffered an agonizing death in a London hospital, after drinking a cup of tea poisoned with radioactive polonium-210. Moscow had evidently sanctioned a brazen murder in his own country.

Steele was put in charge of M.I.6's investigation.

Authorities initially planned to indict one suspect in the murder, but Steele's investigative work persuaded them to indict a second suspect as well. Nine years later, the U.K.'s official inquiry report was finally released, and it confirmed Steele's view: the murder was an operation by the F.S.B., and it was "probably approved" by Vladimir Putin.

Steele has never commented on the case, or on any other aspect of his intelligence work, but Richard Dearlove, who led M.I.6 from 1999 to 2004, has described his reputation as "superb." A former senior officer recalls him as "a Russia-area expert whose knowledge I and others respected -- he was very careful, and very savvy."

Another former M.I.6 officer described him as having a "Marmite" personality -- a reference to the salty British spread, which people either love or hate. He suggested that Steele didn't appear to be "going places in the service," noting that, after the Cold War, Russia had become a backwater at M.I.6.

But he acknowledged that Steele "knew Russia well," and that running the Russia desk was "a proper job that you don't give to an idiot."


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"The British Secret Intelligence Service is highly regarded by the United States, particularly for its ability to harvest information from face-to-face sources, rather than from signals intelligence, such as electronic surveillance, as the U.S. often does.

British and American intelligence services work closely together, and, while Steele was at M.I.6, British intelligence was often included in the U.S. President's daily-briefing reports. In 2008, Michael Hayden, the C.I.A. director, visited the U.K., and Steele briefed him on Russian developments.

The following year, President Obama visited the U.K., and was briefed on a report that Steele had written about Russia."


Republican claims to the contrary, Steele's interest in Trump did not spring from his work for the Clinton campaign. He ran across Trump's name almost as soon as he went into private business, many years before the 2016 election. Two of his earliest cases at Orbis involved investigating international crime rings whose leaders, coincidentally, were based in New York's Trump Tower."

"Nobody had alleged that Trump knew of any fifa crimes, but Steele soon came across Trump Tower again.

Several years ago, the F.B.I. hired Steele to help crack an international gambling and money-laundering ring purportedly run by a suspected Russian organized-crime figure named Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov.

The syndicate was based in an apartment in Trump Tower. Eventually, federal officials indicted more than thirty co-conspirators for financial crimes. Tokhtakhounov, though, eluded arrest, becoming a fugitive. Interpol issued a "red notice" calling for his arrest.

But, in the fall of 2013, he showed up at the Miss Universe contest in Moscow -- and sat near the pageant's owner, Donald Trump.

"It was as if all criminal roads led to Trump Tower," Steele told friends."


#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-03-05 02:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"One question particularly gnawed at Simpson. Why had Trump repeatedly gone to Russia in search of business, yet returned empty-handed? Steele was tantalized, and took the job, thinking that he'd find evidence of a few dodgy deals, and not much else. He evidently didn't consider the danger of poking into a Presidential candidate's darkest secrets.

"He's just got blinkers," Steele's longtime friend told me. "He doesn't put his head in the oven so much as not see the oven."

Within a few weeks, two or three of Steele's long-standing collectors came back with reports drawn from Orbis's larger network of sources. Steele looked at the material and, according to people familiar with the matter, asked himself, "Oh, my God -- what is this?" He called in Burrows, who was normally unflappable.

Burrows realized that they had a problem. As Simpson later put it, "We threw out a line in the water, and Moby-Dick came back."

It's a long, detailed article due to be published in the NYorker Mag the 13th.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2018-03-05 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Steele had a hidden agenda, and acted with deception.

"While the FBI was unaware of Steele's contacts with Isikoff and other reporters in September 2016, it did learn of a meeting he had with Mother Jones reporter David Corn. And after Corn published an Oct. 31, 2016 article based on that interaction, the FBI suspended Steele as a source."


#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-03-05 04:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3 Steele was a spy. Acting with deception is what they do.
Lets compare his integrity to Trump and reliability of what he says. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-03-05 07:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Am I the only one that can't help think of the TV show Remington Steele when they see the name of the guy that blew the whistle on Traitor Trump?

#5 | Posted by bored at 2018-03-05 07:47 PM | Reply


Don't you ever tire of carrying Trump's hooker pee?

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2018-03-05 09:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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