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by Trump’s pre­de­ces­sor, Barack Obama, as pun­ish­ment for sus­pected cy­ber at­tacks in the 2016 election.

Steele’s com­pany, Or­bis Busi­ness In­tel­li­gence, was paid £125,000 to out­line Rus­sian fi­nan­cial and per­sonal links to Trump’s election cam­paign.

The dossier stressed the al­le­ga­tions in it were “un­ver­i­fied”.

Ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers Steele filed in the US, the dossier was handed over “on a con­fi­den­tial ba­sis in hard copy form” to Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence ser­vices be­cause it “had im­pli­ca­tions for the na­tional se­cu­rity of the US and the UK”.

Last week Steele broke his si­lence with a swipe at Trump. He told Van­ity Fair magazine: “In these strange times, it is hard to speak un­palat­able truths to power but we all have a duty to do so.”

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