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Offline Jon Banks

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'Steele Dossier' source arrested in Durham probe
« on: November 04, 2021, 03:39:11 PM »
NY Times: Authorities Arrest Analyst Who Contributed to Steele Dossier

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/us/igor-danchenko-arrested-steele-dossier.html
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Federal authorities on Thursday arrested an analyst who in 2016 gathered leads about possible links between Donald J. Trump and Russia for what turned out to be Democratic-funded opposition research, according to people familiar with the matter.

The arrest of the analyst, Igor Danchenko, is part of the special counsel inquiry led by John H. Durham, who was appointed by the Trump administration to scrutinize the Russia investigation for any wrongdoing, the people said.

Mr. Danchenko, was the primary researcher of the so-called Steele dossier, a compendium of rumors and unproven assertions suggesting that Mr. Trump and his 2016 campaign were compromised by and conspiring with Russian intelligence officials in Moscow’s covert operation to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.
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A 2019 investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general sharply criticized the F.B.I. for continuing to cite material from the dossier after the bureau interviewed Mr. Danchenko without alerting judges that some of what he said had cast doubt on the contents of the dossier.

The inspector general report also said that a decade earlier, when Mr. Danchenko worked for the Brookings Institution, a prominent Washington think-tank, he had been the subject of a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was a Russian agent.

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Re: 'Steele Dossier' source arrested in Durham probe
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2021, 09:30:48 PM »
It appears that Danchenko lied to the FBI to cover up the fact that he was working with a Democratic PR consultant.

Pretty much confirms that the Steele Dossier was mostly political opposition research, not a real Intelligence file.

 

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