Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months

Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who investigated Donald Trump’s alleged Kremlin links, was so worried by what he was discovering that at the end he was working without pay, The Independent has learned.

Mr Steele also decided to pass on information to both British and American intelligence officials after concluding that such material should not just be in the hands of political opponents of Mr Trump, who had hired his services, but was a matter of national security for both countries.

However, say security sources, Mr Steele became increasingly frustrated that the FBI was failing to take action on the intelligence from others as well as him. He came to believe there was a cover-up, that a cabal within the Bureau blocked a thorough inquiry into Mr Trump, focusing instead on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The former British intelligence agent who prepared a controversial 35-page dossier on Donald Trump’s supposed connections and activities in Russia has reportedly gone into hiding.

The Wall Street Journal first identified Christopher Steele as the author of the dossier sporting lurid and unproven claims about the President-elect. It was reportedly circulating among U.S. intelligence agencies, John McCain, the FBI and journalists for weeks before being published online on Tuesday.

British media reported on Jan. 12 that the 52-year-old former MI6 offer left his home outside London before he was publicly named, in an attempt to avoid possible retribution as he was “in fear of his life.”

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