Ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele, named as writer of Donald Trump memo, is highly regarded professional
His denials at least some of them were emphatic, even by the standards that Donald Trump has come to be judged by. The dossier, he told, was a confection of lies; he compared it to Nazi propaganda; it was fake news spread by sick people.
At his press provide information on Wednesday, the president-elect dared the worlds media to scrutinise the 35 pages of claims, before throwing down a challenge wheres the proof? Nobody had any. Case closed.
But in the rush to trample all over the dossier and its contents, one key question remained. Why had Americas intelligence agencies felt it necessary to provide a compendium of the claims to Barack Obama and Trump himself?
And the answer to that lies in the credibility of its apparent author, the ex-MI6 policeman Christopher Steele, the quality of the sources he has, and the quality of the people who were prepared to vouch for him. In all these respects, the 53 -year-old is in credit.