Author of Infamous Trump Dossier Which Started Russiagate Ordered to Pay Damages to Russian Bankers

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Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent-turned FBI informant and Fusion GPS contractor who wrote the ‘Trump-Russia’ private intelligence report for the Clinton campaign in 2016, has seen his professional reputation slide as both the US and British intelligence communities have sought to distance themselves from him.

A London court has ordered former MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele to pay £18,000 pounds (roughly $22,600) in damages to Russian bankers Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven for failing to verify claims he made in his now infamous 2016 dossier on billionaire mogul Donald Trump’s suspected ties to Russia.

In the private intelligence report, Steele claimed, without verification, that the oligarchs had transferred “large amounts of illicit cash” to Vladimir Putin in the 1990s, before he was president, and that the…

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