Spy behind dossier on Trump was hired by FA
Politics: Briton compiled Fifa report
The former British spy behind a dossier of embarrassing allegations about Donald Trump was hired by England’s 2018 World Cup bid team.
Christopher Steele is thought to have been brought in by the Football Association in 2010 to dig up information on world football governing body Fifa.
Information about the bidding process, which was mired in controversy, was also passed on to the FBI in the US, according to reports.
Investigators from the FBI’s Eurasian organised crime squad met the exMI6 officer in London to discuss allegations of possible corruption in Fifa.
The team later opened an investigation that led to more than 35 people being charged with a number of offences including corruption.
Mr Steele has gone into hiding after being identified as the author of the report claiming Moscow held incriminating material on the US president-elect which it could use to blackmail him.
Former colleagues have taken the unusual step in the secretive world of speaking out publicly to defend the ex-intelligence officer.
They described him as “thorough” and “very professional”.
Mr Steele runs Londonbased Orbis Business Intelligence Service.
He is said to have originally compiled the report for political opponents of Mr Trump in Washington.
Former British ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood said he spoke to Republican senator John McCain at a security conference in November about the existence of material that could compromise the president-elect.
Sir Andrew said: “Yes, I did meet Senator McCain and his aides at the conference.
“The issue of Donald Trump and Russia was very much in the news and it was natural to talk about it.
“We spoke about the kind of activities the Russians can be engaged in.
“We also spoke about how Mr Trump may find himself in a position where there could be an attempt to blackmail him using compromising material and claims that there were audio and video tapes in existence.”
Sir Andrew was ambassador to Moscow between 1995 and 2000.
He denied having seen the dossier at the time of the meeting and added that Mr Steele was “very professional and thorough”.
Former MI6 officer Harry Ferguson said that Mr Steele was reliable.
He added: “Chris was a
A screengrab of Christopher Steele from a university video