With agents like this, no wonder MI6 is a load of crap

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It turns out Christopher Steele wasn’t 007.


For years, the media assured Americans that the dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia was based on the scrupulous work of a mastermind British ex-spy and his vast network of credible and well-connected sources spread throughout Europe. It wasn’t true.



Steele did not personally collect any of the factual information in his reports. The “vast network” was instead a “social circle” of an American-based former Brookings Institute junior staffer, recently identified for the first time as Igor Danchenko. The friends didn’t have well-documented claims so much as rumors, drunken gossip, and outright brainstorming, conjecture, and speculation. Even that information was “multiple layers of hearsay upon hearsay” before it got to Steele, who then hyperbolically overstated it. And the damning claims of “collusion” appear to have been scandalously misattributed or invented out of whole cloth.

 

BuggerAll

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But he said what they wanted to hear.
 
It turns out Christopher Steele wasn’t 007.


For years, the media assured Americans that the dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia was based on the scrupulous work of a mastermind British ex-spy and his vast network of credible and well-connected sources spread throughout Europe. It wasn’t true.



Steele did not personally collect any of the factual information in his reports. The “vast network” was instead a “social circle” of an American-based former Brookings Institute junior staffer, recently identified for the first time as Igor Danchenko. The friends didn’t have well-documented claims so much as rumors, drunken gossip, and outright brainstorming, conjecture, and speculation. Even that information was “multiple layers of hearsay upon hearsay” before it got to Steele, who then hyperbolically overstated it. And the damning claims of “collusion” appear to have been scandalously misattributed or invented out of whole cloth.

10/10 for living "no cuff too tough" though.
 

Yokel

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MI6 (why not call them SIS?) obviously do not publish a list of current and former officers, so is there anything to stop someone doing a little walking?

Therefore Mr Walt can write or say pretty much anything, he just has to be able to convince the gullible - and playing to prejudices is just so easy.
 

Truxx

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MI6 (why not call them SIS?) obviously do not publish a list of current and former officers, so is there anything to stop someone doing a little walking?

Therefore Mr Walt can write or say pretty much anything, he just has to be able to convince the gullible - and playing to prejudices is just so easy.
I used to do a lot of liaison with the folks south of the water in Century House.

Readers here would be quite surprised by how many people there are/are not (or at least were/were not)
 
Ci5 is where the real agents hang out, like Bogie and Doyle.
I think you'll find the cool kids are all in 15 Int.

@John G apparently knows several people who served with them. Somehow.
 

endure

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There are also no allegations that his reporting was based on his time with The Office, either, who maintain a NCND policy on staff. Only one staff member is ever publically identified - and that is 'C', currently Sir Alex Younger and to be sucessed by Richard Moore CMG later this year.
 

Flight

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To be fair they're probably a cut above the rest of the civil service.

So somewhere between car park attendant and children's TV presenter seems about right.
 
It turns out Christopher Steele wasn’t 007.


For years, the media assured Americans that the dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia was based on the scrupulous work of a mastermind British ex-spy and his vast network of credible and well-connected sources spread throughout Europe. It wasn’t true.



Steele did not personally collect any of the factual information in his reports. The “vast network” was instead a “social circle” of an American-based former Brookings Institute junior staffer, recently identified for the first time as Igor Danchenko. The friends didn’t have well-documented claims so much as rumors, drunken gossip, and outright brainstorming, conjecture, and speculation. Even that information was “multiple layers of hearsay upon hearsay” before it got to Steele, who then hyperbolically overstated it. And the damning claims of “collusion” appear to have been scandalously misattributed or invented out of whole cloth.

He's actually pretty good. He was paid by Hillary, to make up shit, which is still being used 4 years and millions of tax payer dollars later to smear the orange man.
Job well done if you ask me
 
So what's wrong with their analysis?
Because it needs to go with this.

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 3, 2020
Statement of Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers on the Public Release of the Department’s Findings with Respect to the 29 FISA Applications that Were the Subject of the March 2020 OIG Preliminary Report.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers stated:

“The Department of Justice has completed its review of the 29 FISA applications that were the subject of preliminary findings by the DOJ Inspector General (OIG) in March 2020. We are pleased that our review of these applications concluded that all contained sufficient basis for probable cause and uncovered only two material errors, neither of which invalidated the authorizations granted by the FISA Court. These findings, together with the more than 40 corrective actions undertaken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Division, should instill confidence in the FBI’s use of FISA authorities. We would like to express our appreciation to the OIG for their focus on the Department’s use of its national security authority. We remain committed to improving the FISA process to ensure that we use these tools consistent with the law and our obligations to the FISA Court. The ability to surveil and to investigate using FISA authorities remains critical to confronting current national security threats, including election interference, Chinese espionage and terrorism.”

Which goes along with the 148 meetings the Trump campaign and family had with the Russians.

Same outcome but Steele or no Steele the investigation goes ahead anyway.
 
Steele is still a national embarrassment
 

Mattb

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I don't know about MI6, but anyone called "Christopher Steele" should probably have his own TV series, probably from the 80s.

Not sure what the sidekick would be called though.
 

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We all ready have threads on this. Locked.
 
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