Trump had his first press conference on Wednesday where he exploded on CNN’s senior White House correspondent and then levied accusations at CNN for being “fake news”.
This comes on the heels of BuzzFeed releasing an unverified Trump dossier after learning that the CIA thought enough of it to show the President and President-elect. The dossier exposes a number of Trump’s ties to Russia as well a rather raunchy fetish. However, the CNN report only touched on these documents and released no details of them making their report beyond reproach.
And while many criticized BuzzFeed for releasing the documents, Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor in chief, made a very strong argument as to why he felt the need to show the information to the public in an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC Wednesday.
“You have to have a really strong argument to suppress a document, suppress information.”
– Ben Smith
But a little digging and we are finding that the leaked Trump dossier may not be as fake as Donald Trump and the right hope it is.
So where did the Trump dossier come from?
According to the BBC’s Paul Wood, who did some pretty intense digging, there is more to this.
The ex-spy that compiled the report has since been identified and the private intelligence firm that he works for was apparently originally hired during the Republican primary by an anti-Trump super PAC to perform opposition research. The firm, Orbis Business Intelligence LTD., was also hired by a left-leaning PAC during the general election.
According to the Orbis website:
“Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. was founded in 2009 by former British intelligence professionals. The team now draws on extensive experience at boardroom level in government, multilateral diplomacy and international business to develop bespoke solutions for clients.”
Christopher Steele, the ex-spy that made the now infamous dossier, just so happens to be one of those British Intelligence professionals and is very well regarded in his field by his colleagues. A veritable James Bond out of an Ian Fleming novel.
Paul Wood’s report lends even more credibility that what is in that Trump dossier may, in fact, be true:
“Back in August, a retired spy told me he had been informed of its (the alleged tape) existence by “the head of an East European intelligence agency”. Later, I used an intermediary to pass some questions to active duty CIA officers dealing with the case file – they would not speak to me directly. I got a message back that there was “more than one tape”, “audio and video”, on “more than one date”, in “more than one place” – in the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow and also in St Petersburg – and that the material was “of a sexual nature”.
In fact, it turns out that Trump was in Russia, in Moscow, attending a Miss Universe pageant and staying at the Ritz-Carlton when the tape was reportedly made.
Penthouse Magazine, a risque porn magazine, says that it is offering one million dollars for the tape if it indeed exists. We are pretty sure they don’t make barf-bags large enough to suffer through watching that.
It seems BuzzFeed may have prompted more information to come forward by releasing the otherwise unverified documents.