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Ex-MI6 spy and ‘dirty dossier’ author Christopher Steele says Russia is at WAR with UK


Ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele says Russian spooks left two wedding rings in his wife’s washbag in chilling ‘warning’ after his ‘dirty dossier’ claimed Kremlin had compromising material on Trump

  • Christopher Steele, 57, said Russian leaders believe they are at war with the UK
  • Former spy also claimed that Russian officials believe they can ‘collapse’ the EU 
  • He also claimed his wife was forced into early retirement over the Trump dossier 


Former MI6 spy Christopher Steele has claimed Russian spies left two wedding rings in his wife’s washbag as a chilling ‘calling card’ after his ‘dirty dossier’ alleged the Kremlin had compromising material on Donald Trump.

The spook said Russia is still at war with the UK and revealed his involvement in the dossier against the ex-US President cost his wife her Foreign Office career. 

Steele, 57, claimed Russian leaders view themselves at war with the UK and slammed politicians for failing to recognise the threat in a televised interview.

Steele also alleged he was targeted by Russian spies who left him a ‘warning’ of two wedding rings by placing them inside his wife’s washbag while the pair were holidaying in the Caribbean.

He said he interpreted the odd gift as the message: ‘We know where you are. We can get to you. Don’t think you’ll be able to hide from us.’

Former MI6 spy Christopher Steele has said Russia is at war with the UK and revealed his involvement in the ‘dodgy dossier’ against ex-US President Donald Trump cost his wife her Foreign Office career

Steele also alleged he was targeted by Russian spies who left him a 'calling card' of two wedding rings (pictured) by placing them inside his wife's washbag while the pair were holidaying in the Caribbean

Steele also alleged he was targeted by Russian spies who left him a ‘calling card’ of two wedding rings (pictured) by placing them inside his wife’s washbag while the pair were holidaying in the Caribbean

He described evidence of Russian hostilities towards the UK, including alleged interference in the Brexit campaign and Scottish Referendum as well as corrupt money being brought onshore, but provided only scant detail. 

The former spy also claimed his involvement the dossier, published by Buzzfeed in 2017, cost his wife Katherine her Foreign Officer career by forcing her into early retirement. 

Steele penned the 35-page document, which alleged that the Kremlin colluded with Trump’s presidential campaign, in 2016 after his private intelligence company Orbis Business Intelligence was hired by a law firm representing the Democrats.  

Among other things, the ‘golden shower’ dossier claimed that the Russian security services could blackmail the President-Elect with allegations that he paid prostitutes to urinate on a bed once slept in by Barack and Michelle Obama.  

Steele's 2016 'dirty dossier' on newly elected President Donald Trump in 2017 alleged he was in Vladimir Putin's pocket and claimed he threw an orgy with prostitutes on a Moscow trip

Steele’s 2016 ‘dirty dossier’ on newly elected President Donald Trump in 2017 alleged he was in Vladimir Putin’s pocket and claimed he threw an orgy with prostitutes on a Moscow trip

Steele, once MI6’s leading expert on the Kremlin, said he had uncovered evidence of Russian hostilities towards the UK in an interview with Sky News

He said evidence included ‘everything from corrupt leadership money being brought onshore and invested in strategic industries and the like, which is something of concern, to potential attempts to fund parts of the Brexit campaign and interference in that, [the] Scottish referendum, some evidence of interference in that as well.’

He declined to provide details of the alleged evidence but said there was ‘clearly some of the same playbook’ such as exploiting loopholes. 

‘Money being moved through deniable channels and coming out the other end, technically legal,’ he said.  

He also claimed Russian officials believe they can threaten the EU and force it to ‘collapse’, without providing details. 

Steele claimed his involvement the dossier, published by Buzzfeed in 2017, cost his wife Katherine (pictured together) her Foreign Officer career by forcing her into early retirement

Steele claimed his involvement the dossier, published by Buzzfeed in 2017, cost his wife Katherine (pictured together) her Foreign Officer career by forcing her into early retirement

And Steele claimed his involvement the dossier, published by Buzzfeed in 2017, cost his wife Katherine her Foreign Officer career by forcing her into early retirement. 

He said the fallout when it was revealed he was behind the dossier ‘didn’t play out at all well’ for his wife, then a crown servant at the Foreign Office. 

‘She decided at a certain point that, yes, she would have to take early retirement, which is what she did.’

He added they both feel ‘pretty angry and disappointed’ over the furore.    

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development spokesperson told Sky: ‘The UK government has been clear that it had no involvement in the production of the dossier.

‘We do not comment on individual staffing matters.’

What was Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’? 

Steele’s 2016 ‘dirty dossier’  on the newly elected US President in 2017 alleged he was in Vladimir Putin’s pocket and claimed he threw an orgy with prostitutes on a Moscow trip.     

The ‘dirty dossier’ was unveiled in January 2017 as Mr Trump prepared to enter the White House and was commissioned by a Washington consultancy. 

The contract to investigate Mr Trump’s links to Russia was handed to Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd – co-founded by Mr Steele, a Russian expert for MI6 for 22 years. 

Six months later, it was leaked to US Democrat politicians and the media, containing claims Putin spent years compiling an embarrassing ‘kompromat’ file on the President.

Mr Steele said Russian spies claimed they filmed an orgy Mr Trump staged in a hotel room there on a business trip.

It also said claimed the Russian security services could blackmail the President-Elect with allegations that he paid prostitutes to urinate on a bed once slept in by Barack and Michelle Obama. 

And the dossier said that not only had Mr Putin’s men given Mr Trump information useful in his election campaign in 2016, but that his allies had in return handed over information on Russians in America.

His evidence was rubbished by Trump, who called it ‘fake news’ and blasted Steele as a ‘failed spy’, but it formed part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Steele branded the publication of the dossier ‘morally repugnant’ and insisted he intended the contents of the report to remain private.  

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