(National Sentinel)Â Institutional Corruption:Â Former British spy Christopher Steele made a truly stunning admission in a recent court filing with regard to a defamation case brought by three Russians mentioned in the â€œdossierâ€ he was hired to write.
As reported byÂ The Washington Times, Steele said he was paid by a Democrat-aligned law firm, Perkins Coie, to create the dossier specifically so thatÂ Hillary ClintonÂ could challenge the 2016 election results on grounds that Moscow â€˜interfered.â€™
Perkins Coie, previous reports have noted, served as the cut-out â€” an intelligence term for a â€˜go-betweenâ€™ â€” for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm hired by Clintonâ€™s campaign and the Democratic National Committee to find dirt on her rival, then-GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The law firm sought â€œto be in a position to contest the results based on evidence [Steele] unearthed on the Trump campaign conspiring with Moscow on election interference,â€ the Times reported.
The startling admission was made in a sealed Aug. 2 declaration in the defamation case which was brought against liberal news siteÂ BuzzfeedÂ afterÂ publishing the unverified, uncorroborated dossier in full shortly before POTUS Trumpâ€™s inauguration in January 2017.Â
A Russian-owned tech firm, XBT Holdings, which was implicated in the dossier,Â filed suitÂ againstÂ BuzzfeedÂ the following month, in February 2017. The Cyprus-based company is owned by Russian tech magnate Aleksej Gubarev.
Three Russian bankers also implicated in the dossier have filed suit against Fusion GPS, and it is that case in which Steele filed his Aug. 2 response.
In answering interrogatories, Steele noted, â€œFusionâ€™s immediate client was law firm Perkins Coie. It engaged Fusion to obtain information necessary for Perkins Coie LLP to provide legal advice on the potential impact of Russian involvement on the legal validity of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
â€œBased on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as â€˜Hillary for Americaâ€™) could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election,â€ he continued.
The DNC did not file a challenge, but Steeleâ€™s answer provides evidence that the Clinton camp was considering using the dossier for the purpose of challenging a Trump victory.Â
While the U.S. intelligence community has claimed that Russia interfered in the 2016 election by hacking Democratic Party computers as well as the account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, and then giving the stolen data to WikiLeaks â€” an allegation that WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeÂ has disputedÂ â€” not a single associate of the presidentâ€™s campaign has been charged with criminal collusion.
Additionally, Steele himselfÂ has admittedÂ key elements he put in the dossier were never verified.
â€œThe dossier included libelous, unverified and untrue allegations regarding XBT, Webzilla and Gubarev. The lawsuits seek yet undetermined compensation for the damages suffered by XBT, Webzilla and Gubarev as the result of the publication of the dossier,â€ said an April 2017 statement from the company.
BuzzfeedÂ is attempting to get the lawsuit thrown out on the grounds that it was in the publicâ€™s interest to publish the dossier. But a federal judge on Wednesday dealt a blow toÂ Buzzfeedâ€™s defense,Â noted Politico:
Miami-based U.S. District Court Judge Ursula UngaroÂ ruledÂ that Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev is not a public figure for purposes of the defamation suit he filed last year.Â
The decision means that Gubarev might be able to prevail in the suit by showing mere negligence by BuzzFeed and wonâ€™t have to meet the more demanding â€œactual maliceâ€ standard typically applied in U.S. courts in controversies involving prominent individuals or those actively engaged in a public debate.
More than anything, Steeleâ€™s admission appears to legitimize claims that a â€˜Deep Stateâ€™ really does exist and that members conspired to undermine POTUS Trumpâ€™s 2016 election victory. –Â J. D. Heyes
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