Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the now-infamous dossier on Donald Trump has been silent on the topic of the American president for eighteen months now.
The bombshell dossier alleged, among other things, that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. It also introduced the world to the near-mythic “pee tape” which is said to contain footage of Trump in a Moscow hotel room watching prostitutes urinate on a bed once used by President Obama.
Numerous elements of the dossier have since been confirmed, and since Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is ongoing, there is a good chance that even more details will be verified in the end. Steele has given no reason for the public to distrust him, just the opposite in fact given the veracity of some of his allegations.
Now, Sky News reports that Steele is speaking up once again. In an email that he sent to the editor of Vanity Fair, Steele leveled some oblique criticisms against Trump and Vladimir Putin. Steele wrote the email in response to his name popping up on Vanity Fair‘s 2018 “New Establishment List” which is a list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. Steele landed the 38th spot.
“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,” Steele wrote.
There are far too many who have suffered and even lost their lives in their struggle against Trump and his cronies: Heather Heyer comes to mind, murdered by pro-Trump neo-Nazis, as do the thousands of people who have been arrested and thrown into cells by D.C. police as they protest the President’s appalling agenda.
He went on to pen what appears to be a criticism of Trump and the larger Republican Party as well.
“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,” he said.
It’s hard to think of another time in American history when the U.S. government has been so blatantly partisan, as the Senate Judiciary Committee and the White House use their official channels to smear sexual assault victims and pump out party propaganda.
Steele went on to take a swipe at another “foreign national” on the list.
“I was surprised and honoured, particularly as a Brit, to be included. I find myself in the company of many talented and distinguished people, although I personally would not accord such accolades to some of the other foreign nationals included in the list!”
It’s fairly obvious he was referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin. The dictator nabbed the 58th spot, with specific reference to him “humiliating” Donald Trump in Helsinki. Vanity Fair adds that he “commands the sort of fear Trump only dreams about.” It’s no secret that Steele is not a fan of the Russian dictator.
It’s worth noting that Donald Trump himself did not make the cut and was excluded from the list.
Oh, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller got the number 1 spot. Let’s hope he makes it clear why he deserves it in the next few months.