Elder Patriot -The UK Telegraph has revealed how the corrupt intelligence agencies within Britain became participants in obscuring their prior knowledge of the importance of the Steele Dossier.
The Telegraph has published two separate articles detailing their version of when the heads of UK intelligence were briefed about a dossier of claims about President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
According to The Telegraph, the UK spy chiefs were briefed about the dossier—written by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele—before Trump was made aware of its existence by former FBI Director James Comey, but, notably, after the 2016 presidential election had taken place:
“The heads of MI5 and MI6 and one of [Prime Minister Theresa] May’s most trusted security advisers were told about former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s memos on the Trump campaign in the weeks after his November 2016 election victory.”
The Telegraph article goes to significant lengths to make two separate points: that UK intelligence heads were briefed on Steele’s information only after the 2016 presidential election had concluded, and that May was never directly informed of the dossier’s existence.
The Telegraph also noted the involvement of Charles Farr, the former chairman of Britain’s Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC).
If the British intel chiefs had a high degree of confidence that Steele’s work was legitimate, why hadn’t they briefed Prime Minister May about it?
If the Telegraph is correct, it means that Theresa May was never able to properly engage/warn U.S. President Donald Trump about Britain’s involvement in the Spygate-Coup attempt.
And, as with May, Comey never briefed President Trump about the full extent of Steele’s allegations.
This may explain President Trump’s expressions of sympathy when May announced her resignation:
“I feel badly for Theresa, I like her very much. She’s a good woman, she worked very hard. She’s very strong.”
The two intel communities – British and U.S. – were complicit in building a case against, first a candidate for the U.S. presidency, and later, the POTUS. And, the elected leaders of both countries had no idea it was based on a compilation of bogus claims from the imagination of a rogue agent.
Recall the revelations in an article that appeared in the UK Guardian:
Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.
GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.
This would mean that as early as late 2015 – just months after Donald Trump had announce his candidacy for U.S. president the intelligence agencies of our closest ally had begun monitoring Trump’s communications.
Yet, now the heads of MI5, MI6, and the JIC claim they only learned about the Steele Dossier after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Let’s hear each of them confirm that under oath.
According to one account, GCHQ’s then head, Robert Hannigan, passed material in summer 2016 to the CIA chief, John Brennan. The matter was deemed so sensitive it was handled at “director level.”
Hannigan was still a relatively young man, but he resigned his post suddenly, immediately after Donald Trump’s election.
The Hannigan-Brennan linkage was established prior to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel. Yet, it doesn’t appear that Mueller saw it necessary to depose Hannigan, or any of the other heads of the aforementioned British intel chiefs.
In fact, it appears Mueller wanted no part of hearing what Hannigan had to say.
This raises the question; just how closely were British and U.S. intelligence working together and why Mueller never thought that was important to establish.
Mueller made an inordinate effort to substantiate the veracity of the allegations contained in Steele’s essays, but he apparently deliberately avoided exploring the origins of the allegations that Trump was overly cozy with the Kremlin.
Sundance has posited that Steele was brought in at the last moment to create cover for illegal spy operations on U.S. citizens that had been going on years prior to Donald Trump’s candidacy. If he’s correct, that explains everything.
No wonder Attorney General William Barr told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that he has more questions now than when he first started asking questions.