Christopher Steele, the former Russia desk chief for MI6 that compiled a controversial dossier of explosive allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, believes it is “70 percent to 90 percent” accurate, according to a new book, “Collusion: How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win,” written by Guardian reporter Luke Harding.
Steele said he believes the dossier will be verified and vindicated as special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation, according to a Guardian story written about the book and published on Wednesday.
“I’ve been dealing with this country for thirty years. Why would I invent this stuff?” Steele is quoted as saying.
The book details Steele’s career, including when he shared intel regarding the international football organization, Fifa, with the FBI, which ultimately led to the arrest of seven Fifa officials.
“Here was a pro, a well-connected Brit, who understood Russian espionage and its subterranean tricks. Steele was regarded as credible,” Harding writes.
The Hill added:
Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm, contracted Steele to investigate ties between the then-Republican presidential candidate and the Kremlin during the 2016 election as scrutiny over their relationship mounted.
Steele and Fusion GPS became entangled in a national controversy when BuzzFeed News published the contents of the Russian dossier, which contained unverified allegations — some of which have been proven to be false.
The report comes after the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday interviewed Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, during a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly seven hours.
Simpson’s attorney Joshua Levy also defended the dossier, saying “now in hindsight [it] looks quite accurate.”
Seth Abramson, a professor, attorney and former criminal investigator, tweeted early last month that the Steele dossier is “at least 80% correct,” while adding “and if it’s even 50% accurate, it’s the biggest treason in the history of the United States.”
4/ “The Steele Dossier is at least 80% correct—and if it’s even 50% accurate, it’s the biggest treason in the history of the United States.”
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 5, 2017