Uh oh. I see that Steele, who created the “report” for some anti-Trump person or persons, was, with his partner, one of the principals of Orbis Business Intelligence, a company which more or less spies on commercial enterprises for its rivals.
I remember from some years back when people were debating the “millions killed by the U.S.” in Iraq allegations, the Brit publication “Lancet” was the widely quoted source. That information was widely used as anti-American propaganda by many. But if you read the “Lancet” article, you found the actual information source was Orbis. It was not possible to find out who hired Orbis to do its “survey” of the relatives of Iraqi victims, hospital folks, and so on. Nor was it possible to find any verification of the Orbis claim, or even the source of its numbers.
Iraqi and American sources, gave much lower estimates of the number of people killed, as did surveys of Iraqi hospitals and morgues. Nobody in those institutions claimed to have ever having spoken to anybody from Orbis or Lancet, either one.
So, where did Orbis get its information that it fed to Lancet? Nobody knows except Steele, his partner, and whoever hired him to come up with the numbers he gave to Lancet.
And so now we have the same guy, Steele, who comes up with a lot of sensational but entirely unverified information that’s so suspect that even Harry Reid wouldn’t use it during the election. That’s the same Harry Reid who outright lied about Romney’s tax return, but felt this Steele information so ridiculous that even a straight-up liar wouldn’t use it.
Seems like a crock to me.
I would say we’ll see in time. One can’t prove a negative, of course, except in a very few circumstances. One of them could be Trump’s attorney spokesman Cohen, whose passport does not show being out of the country at the time Steele claimed Cohen was in Prague canoodling with the Russkies.