On Tuesday the headline from Zerohedge said, "Steele Goes Dark; Ditches London Court Appearance Following Criminal Referral By US Senate". The 84-year-old Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)'s released, now mostly unredacted memo demonstrating that the former British spy Christopher Steele not only lied to the FBI about his dossier media contacts on behalf of the Democrats' Fusion GPS hired guns, but also that the Bureau covered for Steele's lies while seeking FISA warrants may have had something to do with the no-show in London libel court. Certainly U.S.-based attorneys for Russian technology executive Aleksei Gubarev want to know why Steele was happy to discuss his dossier (which risked its allegedly super sensitive Kremlin sources) with gossipy reporters, but not under oath to defend the veracity of his sources and work in court.
Scribd file of this week's released Grassley memo
Despite the cowardly Steele's unwillingness to defend the truthfulness of the dossier, despite numerous allegations the document makes being proven false or hotly disputed in existing and pending libel suits (such as from Trump attorney Michael Cohen, whom the dossier falsely places in Prague meeting with Russian agents, echoing years later 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta's infamously made up meeting with Iraqi intelligence agents in the same city reported to drum up support for the American-led invasion of Iraq), there are still deep state spokesmen willing to defend Steele and the dossier's integrity on cable news and social media.
John Sipher, who runs a blog called the Cipher Brief and writes for Just Security and other sites while regularly appearing on CNN and MSNBC, has doubled down on his insistence that Rep. Devin Nunes and Grassley are hurting U.S. intelligence sharing, principally with the British and other 5Eyes (former British empire countries) partners, supposedly by smearing the poor innocent ex-spook Steele. In reality, Sipher, his former boss CIA director John Brennan and ex-James Comey FBI aide Josh Campbell and their recent hires as 'analysts' by MSNBC and CNN respectively, reveal not only deference, but humiliating sycophancy from supposedly loyal American 'ex' security agency executives to their masters in London. It is richly ironic that these same spooks who invoke 'democratic norms' and the Founding Fathers memory to denounce Trump as a Kremlin-blackmailed, Russia-colluding traitor would likely be regarded by the brave Founders who revolted against the Crown as British stooges, modern day Benedict Arnolds. -- JWSRead More