It appears the infamous “PissGate Dossier” has a few drips left in it yet.
The explosive set of documents, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, contains dozens of pages of intelligence and analysis outlining Trump’s many ties to Russia. It caused a firestorm of controversy when it was leaked to the press early this year.
The Guardian is reporting late Friday that new evidence has emerged confirming one of the major allegations asserted in the dossier. If true, this report would, for the first time, link the Trump campaign directly to Kremlin-controlled hackers:
“The December memo alleged that four Trump representatives travelled to Prague in August or September in 2016 for ‘secret discussions with Kremlin representatives and associated operators/hackers,’ about how to pay hackers secretly for penetrating Democratic party computer systems and “contingency plans for covering up operations.”
Between March and September, the December memo alleges, the hackers used botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs and steal data online from Democratic party leadership. Two of the hackers had been “recruited under duress by the FSB” the memo said. The hackers were paid by the Trump organisation, but were under the control of Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration.”
The alleged ‘Prague meeting’ has been known to everyone following this story since news of the dossier broke in early January, just before the inauguration. Trump’s team has denied the dossier in its entirety, but his lawyers took special care to rebut this specific meeting.
All we knew then was that the meeting may have taken place, but the Guardian’s report today makes it clear that payments from the Trump campaign to Russian hackers were both discussed at that meeting, and later executed.
Also, at the time of its release, Trump’s team decried the lack of evidence and named sources to support Steele’s analysis. Since the dossier’s release, however, its contents have continued to be corroborated. It’s even been revealed that the FBI has been using the dossier as a road map in its own Trump-Russia investigation. And now we know the UK government has had Steele’s dossier nearly as long as the FBI has.
For America, this is the story we’re dying to see resolved. For the President, it’s the story that won’t go away.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.