On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal revealed the identity of the alleged spy behind the dossier of unverified assertions that Russia has damning information about President-elect Donald Trump.
According to the news outlet, Christopher Steele, a former officer with British intelligence and current director of Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd., was reportedly the one who put the unsubstantiated report together.
He has declined to comment on the matter at this time, as, according to a person in communication with him, the matter is "too hot."
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Christopher Burrows, Steele's associate, has limited his comments to a refusal to "confirm or deny" the firm's involvement and a general statement noting the company has, "no political ax to grind," reports the Journal.
Trump has characterized the contents of the dossier, which have not been vetted, as, "fake news."
Trump tweeted on Wednesday, "I win an election easily, a great 'movement' is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!"
He also said, "Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!"
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