British 'author of Trump dossier' has fled for his life - reports

Donald Trump dossier: Former intelligence officer named in reports

Donald Trump has condemned the dossier and its allegations

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The former British intelligence officer who compiled the dossier on Donald Trump has been identified in reports.

Christopher Steele, a 52-year-old director of London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, was named as having gathering the information for the unverified dossier, which claimed the Russians have compromising material on Trump that could potentially be used to blackmail him.

It is alleged that Steele was a spy in Russia in the 1990s and has maintained his contacts in order to compile the document.

Today, the Telegraph reported that Steele had fled his home on Wednesday morning as his identification became inevitable, reportedly in fear of a backlash from Moscow against him and his family.

The dossier has been circulating in Washington for some time, having allegedly been compiled by the former British intelligence operative, but several media organisations held back from publication to verify its accuracy. 

Both the President, Barack Obama, and the President-elect had been informed as to what it contained, but CNN broke the story.

Shortly afterwards, Buzzfeed posted the full document online, a decision which has been blasted by Mr Trump and his incoming administration. 

During a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City yesterday, the billionaire blasted both CNN and Buzzfeed, and also thanked the organisations which didn't publish the material while reiterating his accusation against the intelligence services.

"They looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies - who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies - which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that, a tremendous blot.

"A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it should certainly never have been released."

Meanwhile, the Russians have also denounced the allegations in the dossier.