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Ex-M16 spy Christopher Steele behind Trump dirty dossier says we must speak 'unpalatable truths to power' as he breaks 18-month silence to slam 'distorted and one-sided' US politics

  • Claims in spies dossier set US politics alight when it was leaked in March 2017
  • Former MI6 spy was later outed as being the author and went into hiding
  • He broken his silence on the subject today after being named in influential 100
  • Former agent says there is a duty in speaking 'unpalatable truths to power'
  • He takes a swipe at US politics, branding it 'so distorted and one-sided'

By Richard Spillett for MailOnline

Published: 03:39 EDT, 10 October 2018 | Updated: 04:19 EDT, 10 October 2018

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Christopher Steele, the ex-spy behind the Trump dossier, has broken his silence 18 months after his incendiary claims emerged
Christopher Steele, the ex-spy behind the Trump dossier, has broken his silence 18 months after his incendiary claims emerged

Christopher Steele, the ex-spy behind the Trump dossier, has broken his silence 18 months after his incendiary claims emerged

The former spy behind the 'dirty dossier' on Donald Trump has spoken of the duty of speaking 'unpalatable truths to power'.

Christopher Steele wrote a report which made wild claims that Trump ordered prostitutes to carry out 'degrading sex acts' including a 'golden shower' in a Moscow hotel while secretly filmed by the Kremlin's secret police.

Mr Steele went into hiding after the claims emerged last March, sparking scandal around the world and a storm of controversy in Washington DC.

He has finally broken his silence this week after he was named among the world's 100 most influential people by Vanity Fair magazine.

Steele wrote to the magazine, insisting there is a duty in speaking 'unpalatable truths to power' and praising those who speak out 'often at great personal cost'.

In a thinly veiled attack on Donald Trump, he claimed 'governance is so distorted and one-sided' in the US.

Mr Trump trashed the report, leaked early last year, saying: 'Sick people put that c**p together'
Mr Trump trashed the report, leaked early last year, saying: 'Sick people put that c**p together'

Mr Trump trashed the report, leaked early last year, saying: 'Sick people put that c**p together'

The letter, reported by Sky News, states: 'In these strange and troubling times, it is hard to speak unpalatable truths to power, but I believe we all still have a duty to do so.

'I salute those on your list, and otherwise, who have had the courage to speak out over the last year, often at great personal cost.

'At a time when governance is so distorted and one-sided, as I believe it currently is in the United States, the media has a key role to play in holding it accountable.'

After the dossier was leaked and published, Mr Trump claimed 'sick people put that c**p together' and called the dossier 'fake' and 'phony'.

The President even suggested that US secret services had leaked the document to damage his reputation before his inauguration.

He debunked the 'golden shower' claim by saying: 'Does anyone believe that? I'm a germophobe'.

 

 

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