The ex-MI6 spy behind the Donald Trump dirty dossier stood by his shocking claims and insisted: “My professional record is second to no one”.
Chris Steele has gone into hiding after being named as the man behind the 35-page document which claimed Trump had been involved in lewd sex acts and has close links with Russia.
The President-elect has lashed out calling the explosive memo the ‘phony allegations by a failed spy’.
But in what is believed to be his only interview given to magazine MotherJones last year, Steele appeared resolute about the accuracy of his claims.
A “former Western counterintelligence official”, understood to be Steele told the magazine: “This was something of huge significance, way above party politics.
“I think [Trump’s] own party should be aware of this stuff as well.”
Steele, who worked for British intelligence services for decades specialising in Russia, said his network of sources soon came back with “hair-raising” information about Trump.
Although working as a private investigator, he decided the allegations were sufficiently serious he needed to take them to the FBI himself.
Describing his source, journalist David Corn said: “When I spoke with the former spy, he appeared confident about his material—acknowledging these memos were works in progress—and genuinely concerned about the implications of the allegations.
“He came across as a serious and sombre professional who was not eager to talk to a journalist or cause a public splash.”
Donald Trump continues to angrily deny all the claims in Steele’s memo and again accused American intelligence agencies of leaking it.
He said: “It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued. Read in full