FBI releases heavily redacted documents on Christopher Steele

Source: The Hill | August 3, 2018 | Morgan Chalfant

The FBI on Friday released 71 pages of heavily redacted documents tied to the bureau’s relationship with Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who compiled the Trump-Russia dossier.

The documents offer little information because of the redactions, and are largely comprised of payment request forms for Steele.

They do, however, indicate that Steele was told to stop gathering intelligence on behalf of the FBI in November 2016 — building on information already known as a result of the Justice Department’s recent release of surveillance warrant applications on former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page. 

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The new FBI documents show Steele was told to stop gathering intelligence on behalf of the FBI in November 2016, after he was used as a source for an online news article and confirmed to an “outside third party” that he had a confidential relationship with the bureau.

One renewal application for the surveillance warrant on Page, released in July, stated that the FBI “suspended its relationship with Source #1 due to Source #1’s unauthorized disclosure of information to the press.” Source #1 is widely reported to be Steele.

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