In June 2016, it was revealed that the Democratic National Committee website had been hacked by Russia. Fusion GPS a commercial research and strategic intelligence firm based in Washington D.C. hired Orbis Business Intelligence, a private British intelligence firm, to look into any Russian connections. The investigation was undertaken by Christopher Steele, a retired British MI6 officer. Steele delivered his report as a series of memos, starting in June 2016 and continuing through December.
Steele also passed the information to British and American intelligence services because he believed the findings were a matter of national security for both countries In October 2016, Steele passed on what he discovered so far to a reporter from Mother Jones magazine.
The memos include specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians.
The following are extracts from the dossiers:
- The Russian authorities had been cultivating and supporting US Republican candidate, Donald Trump for at least 5 years
- Trump’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished
- Source close to Trump campaign however confirms regular exchange with Kremlin has existed for at least 8 years, including intelligence fed back to Russia on oligarchs’ activities in US
- Educated US youth to be targeted as a protest (against Clinton) and swing vote in attempt to turn them over to Trump
Kremlin engaging with several high profile US players, including Stein, Page and (former DIA Director Michael Flynn), and funding their recent visits to Moscow.
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