“The ‘dirty dossier,’ linked to a Democratic opposition research outfit called Fusion GPS, was widely believed to be flawed — especially when Trump’s attorney, one of the dossier’s targets, was alleged to have had a secret meeting with Russians in Prague and was verifiably in the U.S. at the time.
Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough reports that since the former MI6 spymaster is being sued for defamation, court documents show he’s doing a lot of backpedaling:
Mr. Steele acknowledges that the part of the 35-page dossier that identified Mr. Gubarev as a rogue hacker came from “unsolicited intelligence” and “raw intelligence” that “needed to be analyzed and further investigated/verified.”…..
The Daily Caller reports that the FBI involvement in the chain of events is key, because it used the tantalizing “not verified” and “raw” dossier to get a FISA warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign adviser:
The report raises questions about the degree of confidence that the FBI had in the dossier. And that level of confidence is important because the FBI reportedly relied on the dossier in a September application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.”