Explosive dossier on Donald Trump lurid sex claims was 'FABRICATED by ex-MI6 spy'
THE explosive dossier claiming Donald Trump asked Russian prostitutes to urinate in front of him has been fabricated, a British spy writer has claimed.
The 35-page report, dubbed the "dirty dossier", was released by an ex-MI6 agent less than two weeks before the US president was due to be sworn into office in January 2017.
It made unverified claims that Mr Trump let prostitutes perform “perverted sexual acts” by urinating in front of him in a Moscow hotel room used by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
He is also accused of using the “extensive sexual services” of Russian prostitutes and of attending sex parties.
He is also said to have been offered — but not taken up — real estate deals linked to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
The memos were compiled before and after the November 8, 2016 election and claimed Russia was logging deeply damaging material that could be used to blackmail the US president.
Christopher Steele was the ex-MI6 spy named by US media behind the dossier in the months following its release.
Nigel West, a leading British spy writer, has published a report claiming the dossier is a work of "fabrication", The Sunday Times has reported.
It says that "lapses" in the dossier "bear the hallmarks of invention", before concluding:"There is… a strong possibility that all Steele’s material has been fabricated".
'AN ABSOLUTE FANTASY'
The claims in the dossier have never been verified.
Buzzfeed controversially published the dossier in full with a warning the claims were "unverified and potentially unverifiable" after learning Mr Trump had been briefed by the CIA over the allegations.
Other media outlets were reportedly offered the dossier, including the Guardian and NBC, but refused to publish it when the claims couldn't be verified.
Mr West, the author of Cold War Counterfeit Spies, was hired by a Republican lawyer to investigate the validity of the document.
Mr Trump has always strongly denied the allegations and even likened US intelligence agencies for acting like "Nazi Germany”.
Mr Steele, who runs London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, was temporarily in hiding when he was identified as the author.
The former British intelligence officer is an experienced Kremlin expert who is believed to have worked with Alexander Litvinenko.
His dossier claimed the Kremlin has been “cultivating and supporting” Trump for five years — feeding him information on political rivals, including Hillary Clinton.
A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin previously insisted: “The Kremlin has no compromising dossier on Trump, such information isn’t consistent with reality and is nothing but an absolute fantasy.”
Putin branded the salacious claims as “nonsense” and said the dossier was “an obvious fake” during a press conference, reports the Sputnik news agency.
He also called those who leaked the document “worse than prostitutes” who have “no moral limits”.
Mr West's conclusion was made public after the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz recently found a series of errors by FBI investigators.
Horowitz's 434-page report found "significant inaccuracies and omissions” in wiretap applications and renewals.
Some mistakes related to uncorroborated claims from the Mr Steele dossier.
James Comey, the FBI director at the time the dossier came out, was sacked in May 2017 as he was investigating the alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mr Steele’s firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, said in a statement the Sunday paper: “West’s research was funded by a Republican law firm post 2016 and therefore cannot be regarded as other than politically motivated.
"[It] is not based on any knowledge of Orbis sources or methods and therefore is highly speculative at best in its assertions.”
The statement also said Mr West's work "lacks authority" because he "was never an intelligence officer and has no experience of operational work in the field".
The statement added that Orbis Business Intelligence never publicly discusses its sources, clients or operating methods.
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