Brit behind Donald Trump dossier flees home 'terrified for his safety'
Christopher Steele, a 52-year-old former MI6 officer, was named on Wednesday evening as the man responsible for creating the dossier of explosive allegations, which President-elect Trump branded as "fake news."According to The Daily Telegraph, Steele fled his home amid fears for his safety. A source close to Steele told the newspaper that he is worried about a dangerous backlash against him from Moscow.
He is "terrified for his and his family's safety," the Telegraph said. It added that a neighbour had confirmed that he has fled his Surrey home. "He asked me to look after his cat as he would be gone for a few days," said the neighbour. "I'm not sure where he's gone or how to contact him."Steele is a director of London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, a private security and investigations firm. He has a good reputation in the intelligence community and spent years stationed in Russia, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The full Trump dossier was published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday. Trump lashed out at the website in his first press conference in 169 days on Wednesday, calling it a "failing pile of garbage." He added: "It's frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible for a left-wing blog that was highly hostile to the president-elect's campaign to drop highly salacious and flat-out false information on the internet just days before he takes the oath of office."
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