by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Well, it seems that things are falling apart, the center is not holding. There are those on the left who will not abandon the “dossier” fiasco. As late as Oct. 7, 2017 the Guardian described it as “one of the most explosive documents in modern political history.” This “dossier” was an obvious fraud and no one in the intelligence community believed otherwise. People who claimed it might possibly have value were deceiving the public. They did this because it was the only thing they had to justify an investigation of the Donald Trump campaign. According to the Wall Street Journal, the dossier “became a factor in Obama administration decisions to launch an FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.”
This batch of memos had circulated through the media and intel community for months when BuzzFeed published the full document in January 2017. As long as it was not public, it could be vaguely referred to in order to support the charge that Trump was owned by the Russians. Once it was published, it became obvious that it was a fraud. This is revealed on the first page. No experienced intelligence officer would classify a Sensitive Source as Confidential. If he did he would be looking for a new job or possibly be behind bars.