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originally posted by: JacKatMtn
a reply to: spiritualzombie
Who was the official and who was the reliable source?
Portions of the dossier outlining supposed ties between Trump’s team and Russian government agents started to surface over the summer based partly on information from a former British intelligence agent who was working for anti-Trump political operatives. The partisan operatives circulated portions of the documents to federal officials and reporters, including to ABC News, both before and after the 2016 election.
Eventually, Republican Sen. John McCain received a copy and forwarded it directly to FBI Director James Comey.
Should we "trust them" on that?
The memos contain unsubstantiated claims that Russian officials tried to obtain influence over Mr. Trump by preparing to blackmail him with sex tapes and bribe him with business deals. They also claim that the Trump campaign met with Russian operatives to discuss the Russians’ hacking and their leaking of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John D. Podesta.
...repackaged and expanded on by U.S. intelligence, the new report adds heft to what some fear explains Trump’s otherwise inexplicable fondness for the Kremlin, perhaps America’s leading antagonist: According to the report’s anonymous sources, “Trump's unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years provided the authorities with enough embarrassing material on the now-Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished.”
Blackmail would elevate the story from tawdry sex to national security. And the report underscored what U.S. intelligence had been saying for weeks, with far less effect: Trump “and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his democratic and other political rivals.”
The 4chan posts make no specific reference to any details of the false information and there is nothing to suggest the 4chan user made up a story that appeared in the intelligence dossier, not even the outlandish report that Trump hired “a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him.”
Further, the four posts in question from the 4chan user were made in November 2016. The memos published by BuzzFeed were circulated well before the posts were made.
Additionally, the author of the memo is a former British intelligence agent with Russian contacts, and the intelligence community considers the author and his sources to be reliable, according to a report from the New York Times.
originally posted by: spiritualzombie
FBI chief given dossier by John McCain alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts
Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself.
The material, which has been seen by the Guardian, is a series of reports on Trump’s relationship with Moscow. They were drawn up by a former western counter-intelligence official, now working as a private consultant.
One report, dated June 2016, claims that the Kremlin has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years, with the aim of encouraging “splits and divisions in western alliance”.
What to make of this... well, we know Trump is a confirmed fraud and a narcissist, sexual assaulter and terrible human being. We also know he called on Russia to hack his opponent to help him win an election... We also know he refused to release his tax records. And we know he has continually rejected American intelligence. He's the most combative and divisive president-elect ever...
All signs of a great president? Or possibly the worst president ever? I guess time will tell... Maybe the first step to Make America Great Again is to start accepting the truth and recognize Trump for the fraud he is.
originally posted by: Gothmog
FBI chief given dossier by John McCain
Thats the answer , right there. Comey and McCain in the same sentence.
Comey is a sellout and McCain is an utter failure. McCain is the Republican Party's Hillary Clinton
Seven months ago, a respected former British spy named Christopher Steele won a contract to build a file on Donald J. Trump’s ties to Russia. Last week, the explosive details — unsubstantiated accounts of frolics with prostitutes, real estate deals that were intended as bribes and coordination with Russian intelligence of the hacking of Democrats — were summarized for Mr. Trump in an appendix to a top-secret intelligence report.
Mr. Simpson hired Mr. Steele, a former British intelligence officer with whom he had worked before. Mr. Steele, in his early 50s, had served undercover in Moscow in the early 1990s and later was the top expert on Russia at the London headquarters of Britain’s spy service, MI6. When he stepped down in 2009, he started his own commercial intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.
The Telegraph said Steele left his home on Wednesday morning as it became clear his name would become public and that he feared a backlash from Moscow.
The story of the Trump dossier: secret sources, an airport rendezvous, and John McCain
The other director, Burrows, refused to “confirm or deny” that Orbis had produced the report.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Steele repeatedly declined requests for interviews in recent weeks, with an intermediary telling the newspaper the subject was “too hot”.
In a story that is getting more surreal by the minute, a post on 4Chan now claims that the infamous "golden showers" scene in the unverified 35-page dossier, allegedly compiled by a British intelligence officer, was a hoax and fabricated by a member of the chatboard as "fanfiction", then sent to Rick Wilson, who proceeded to send it to the CIA, which then put it in their official classified intelligence report on the election.