According to a CNN Exclusive that broke only minutes ago, the controversial Russian dossier that was allegedly put together by British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele and leveraged explosive unconfirmed allegations of Russian ties against Donald Trump, has now had portions of it’s intelligence corroborated officially by U.S. intelligence officials for the very first time that news hit about the dossier.
The report declines to offer any corroboration of the fair amount of salacious information presented in the dossier. However, it does provide a significant step towards validating the document as a whole, in that it verifies exact comments and quotes used by the the exact same people and documented to have been uttered at the same exact time.
According to the CNN Exclusive:
As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump’s inauguration.
… The newly learned information…relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.
But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier…the corroboration, based on intercepted communications, has given US intelligence and law enforcement “greater confidence” in the credibility of some aspects of the dossier as they continue to actively investigate its contents…
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