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You think its unverified because the material is classified.
In a recent court testimony Steele has acknowledged that his final December 2016 report (# 166), contained information he never vetted. He stated that:
“The contents of the report did not represent (and did not purport to represent) verified facts, but were raw intelligence which had identified a range of allegations that warranted investigation given their potential national security implications”.
It’s easy to get lost in all of these weasel words but the common term for “raw intelligence” that does not represent nor purport to represent credible or verified facts is called a rumor.
On the question of chain of transmission, we have the same problem as with the verifiability. When asked about his collection methods, Steele said:
“Such intelligence was not actively sought; it was merely received.”