According to a report, the former British spy behind the outrageous dossier loaded with supposedly compromising information about Donald Trump was identified on Wednesday.
Sources informed the Wall Street Journal that former MI6 agent Christopher Steele — who now works for the London-based private investigative firm Orbis Business Intelligence — had, actually, arranged the document.
On Tuesday, CNN reported that an ex-British intelligence operative had been the one who gathered the memos in the dossier and that he surrendered them to an FBI official in Rome.
The 35-page document includes serious assertions of transgression about Trump’s activities and links in Russia, including how he booked two prostitutes to perform a “golden shower” sex act in the same Moscow hotel bed that the Obamas once stayed in.
The person who made it was an ex-MI6 agent, who was posted in Russia in the 1990s, according to CNN. They added that he now operates a private intelligence-gathering firm.
Steele, 52, worked as an intelligence officer for MI6 — Britain’s version of the CIA. However, it is not apparent in what capacity.
According to Forbes, a diplomatic service list released by the British government indicates that he was once posted to the U.K.’s Moscow embassy in 1990 with the title of “Second Secretary (Chancery)”.
The Journal states that numerous spies frequently use diplomatic postings such as these to conceal what they’re doing.
Steele’s LinkedIn profile lists him as a former counselor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with foreign appointments in New Delhi and Brussels during the 2000s.
Together with 58-year-old Christopher Burrows, who would neither “confirm or deny” whether the firm had created the dossier, he is one of two directors of Orbis.
The report contains multiple unsigned memos, all of which seem to have been written between June and December 2016.
Other than producing the dossier, sources told the Journal that Steele also channeled the document to officials in Europe and the U.S.