Ex-Spy Behind Trump-Russia Allegations Identified

The former British spy at the center of the Trump allegations has been identified by the BBC as 52-year-old Christopher Steele.
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Of course president elect Donald Trump taking aim at US intelligence after that leaked document with unconfirmed allegations that Russia has gathered material on mr. trump. The hold the leak disgraceful. Well tonight the former spy at the center of the storm now in hiding and deceiving right here new video of him here's our chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross. The former British spy at the center of the unsubstantiated. Trump allegations is identified by the BBC tonight. As this impeccably dressed 52 year old man in a video posted by a British debates aside. Krista first deal who colleagues tell ABC news has gone into hiding. Today in Washington. Vice president Joseph Biden confirmed that he and the president. We're briefed by intelligence officials we feel obliged to tell you Mr. President you may year we keep cities to reduce it is true the Russians and trump have angrily denounced the allegations as completely false including the unverified claim that trump was secretly recorded when he visited Moscow. Trump says he knows better than the let that happen. In those rooms you have cameras in the strangest places. Cameras that are so small with modern technology. You can't see them and you won't know. But spies for the former KGB are famous for just that kind of blackmail tactic against foreign visitors. US officials say the Russians posted this fifth. I'm an American diplomat within alleged prostitute complete with background music after the diplomat refused to become a double agent the Cold War ended. But the Russian intelligence operations in hotels. In Moscow targeted against Americans. As never stopped. Not to mention hacking computers and bugging phones when I talked at just three years ago the Russians intercepted the very un diplomatic phone conversation the top American diplomat. That Torre and movement. And posted it online and you know. Yeah trump said Wednesday the Russians have nothing on him and he's prepared to get tough with Vladimir Putin. If need do you honestly believe. That Hillary would be tougher when potent than me does anybody in this room really believe that. Give me a break at. But US officials believe. Saying they think food and ordered the hacking of the Democratic Party in part because he feared Clinton would be tougher to deal with then trucked. As for that former British by authorities tell ABC news tonight. He's considered a trusted source who's been helpful with past FBI investigations. In dollar in both the Kremlin and Russian organized crime David all right Brian while I have you I want to show everyone at home a curious moment on C span today take a look at home this was. Congressman Maxine Waters talking Nancy scratch on the house floor. Then it suddenly switches. To Russia today that's the Russian propaganda network playing on C span front what's going on here. Well when I'm for about ten minutes he spends says they believe at the moment it was an internal routing issue with the at all what's going on it raises a lot of questions all right Brian Ross with us again tonight Brian thank.

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