I started looking into the 35-page report known as the Steele dossier in January 2017. On the tenth of that month, Buzzfeed News published the collection of memos, noting in advance that it contained unverified and incorrect information.
The dossier is an alarming cache of treasonous and corrupt allegations, peopled by the highest authorities of the Russian Federation, mystery sources and Trump campaign officials.
Its composition is narrated by Christopher Steele, an elusive man with ironclad credentials as a former intelligence officer with MI6, Britain’s top spy agency. Steele’s participation in this global drama is buttressed by his standing as the man in charge of the MI6 Russia desk.
In the two years since its publication, the dossier has acted as a legend. It lends clues to a spiraling map of what is known by the Special Counsel; it is fodder for speculation and investigation by citizen journalists, independent media and print journalists. And, it has endured a jagged avalanche of ridicule.
I’ve put in my share of exploration. I have made mistakes. However, as far as the dossier, I believe it will prove to be the definitive atlas of Kremlin conspiracy and Trump criminality.
Below is an Index of my writings on the dossier, starting in April 2017 and continuing to this date.
I started a mini series on Unanswered Questions from the dossier and include titles of drafts that should be complete in the near future.
April 3, 2017: The Steele Dossier: Who Knew and When
April 3, 2017: The Abbreviated Steele Dossier
April 22, 2017: Are There Two Steele Dossiers?
August 24, 2017: All You Wanted To Know About The Steele Dossier – Well, Almost
December 8, 2018: The Dossier: Unanswered Questions
December 17, 2018: Unanswered Questions: Putin As Bogeyman
December 18, 2018: Unanswered Questions: Turkey and the Flynn Connection, Part I
December 28, 2018: Unanswered Questions: Putin’s Three-Pronged Cyber Campaign
To be completed: Unanswered Questions: Turkey and the Flynn Connection, Part II
To be completed: Unanswered Questions: Bribes and Kickbacks
To be completed: Unanswered Questions: The Sources