Well, this is interesting.
A lot of liberals put a lot of faith into former British spy Christopher Steele and his salacious (yet utterly unproven) dossier on Donald Trump. Despite the fact that this was a bought-and-paid-for piece of political oppo research compiled on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign, millions of less-than-intelligent Americans continue to believe every word of this garbage is true. Trump and Putin are partners in a global oil scheme, and if Trump ever strays out of line, boom, Putin will lay the unholy smackdown on our president by releasing – duh, duh, DUH – the dreaded pee tape.
Sounds perfectly legit!
But there’s at least one guy who thinks it’s much ado about nothing. It’s Christopher Steele’s old boss at British spy agency MI6. Sir John Scarlett was at a national security symposium in Washington last week, and naturally he was asked if he thought there was any reason to believe the content of the dossier. His answer may come as a dismal surprise to the #Resistance.
“Well, no,” Scarlett said, “I looked at it and I thought these are commercial intelligence reports; I don’t know about the sources — they might be right, they might be wrong and they’ll probably be overrated and they’ve been overrated.”
Scarlett then said “no” when asked if he believed that the dossier could ever be fully verified.
“They were commercial intelligence reports and they were visibly that so there’s a question of why they were there and where they came from and who commissioned them and so on,” Scarlett said. “So, I’ve tended to see them in that context and never quite of political significance for obvious reasons and actually if you think about it, people have talked about them in a really big way a year or so ago and they haven’t really made that much of a difference. As I said, I suspect, all I can say, is they are overrated.”
In a peculiar end to the exchange, Scarlett was asked what it was like to work with Steele. To that, he only replied, “I’m not going to comment” before walking away.
That’s a bit of a chilly response when talking about a former spy-buddy who (we’ve been told by the media) is eminently respected by U.S. intelligence agencies. How very odd.
Perhaps Mr. Steele’s reputation is not what it’s cracked up to be, eh?