In a court filing this week, Christopher Steele — the former British spy who assembled the infamous “Trump dossier” published by BuzzFeed in January — confirmed parts of it were completely unverified and blamed the BuzzFeed website for publishing the document.
According to The Washington Times, Steele said in the filing that at least one of the charges in the dossier, which involved a tech company CEO hacking the Democrat Party, wasn’t backed up by evidence.
His defense was that the document should have never been published by BuzzFeed and that he followed proper protocol by showing the document to the staff of Sen. John McCain and alerting the government to the information he had collected.
The filings were part of a defamation lawsuit by Alexander Gubarev, CEO of Luxembourg-based XBT Holdings, who was accused in the dossier of having hacked the Democrats. The filing, made in a London court, called the charges against Gubarev “unsolicited intelligence” and “raw intelligence” which “needed to be analyzed and further investigated/verified.”
Steele, instead, passed the blame onto Fusion GPS, the Democrat-connected opposition research firm that hired him.
“The defendants did not provide any of the pre-election memoranda to media organizations or journalists. Nor did they authorize anyone to do so,” Steele said in a statement made through his attorney. “Nor did they provide the confidential December memorandum to media organizations or journalists. Nor did they authorize anyone to do so.”