Lee Shanahan’s Revelation that Orbis Asked a Ukrainian Contact to “Make Things Up” for the Steele Dossier, Casts an Interesting Light on the Attempted Murder of Sergei Skripal
Originally published Aug 28, 2018
Yesterday, Lee Stranahan revealed that a trusted Ukrainian source has told him that a Ukrainian friend was commissioned by Orbis — Christopher Steele’s company — to simply make up slanderous fantasies about Trump and his associates, presumably for subsequent inclusion in the Steele dossier. Stranahan plays a tape in which his source, Andrii Telizhenko, confirms this.
Orbis, Fusion GPS, the DNC, and the entire Deep State will not be pleased for it to get out that the Steele dossier was a consciously constructed fraud, rather than an earnest if flawed attempt to get at the truth. This adds to the growing pile of evidence that the whole “Russia interfered, Trump colluded” narrative is a Deep State/DNC-driven vendetta intended to derail Trump’s campaign or blight his presidency, exonerate Hillary, and demonize both Russia and Assange — an unbeatable combination of benefits, as far as the Deep State is concerned. And naturally our corporate media have been their faithful water carriers the whole way.
This casts an interesting light on the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal. When Skripal was functioning as a double-agent, his handler at MI6 was Pablo Miller — who now works at Orbis alongside Chris Steele. Curiously, both Miller and Skripal now live in Salisbury, quite close to the Porton Down chemical weapons research laboratory (where they surely could make Novichok). Soon after Skripal’s poisoning, the British government issued a “D notice” to the British press requiring that this potential link between Miller and Skripal not be mentioned. Please note: when people don’t want you to know something, it’s a good sign that you NEED to know it.
Several thoughtful analysts, including former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray (who was removed from his position when he blew the whistle on Uzbekistan for practicing torture on political prisoners), and Rob Slane, creator of the fascinating Blogmire website, have suggested that, via Miller, Skripal might have been a source for the Steele dossier — and that this might have had something to do with his attempted assassination.
Very recently, Murray had a number of his blogs deleted on Facebook after he posted this blog:
Murray has learned that, last year, the BBC had been interviewing Skripal. Murray wants to know why he was being interviewed, and why this had previously gone unreported by the BBC.
Rob Slane has pointed to stylistic evidence suggesting that the dossier was authored by someone trained as a KGB agent (as was Skripal), and also notes that Skripal’s strong ties to Czech intelligence are consonant with a key role for Prague in the dossier’s narrative.
Let’s assume that Skripal had indeed been recruited to contribute to the Steele dossier, and, like the Ukrainian contributor, had been told to “just make stuff up”. Orbis, evidently, would not have wanted people to learn about the fraudulent manner in which they had compiled the dossier — and if they learned that Skripal had been talking to the BBC, this might have raised considerable apprehension. And Rob Slane has raised the interesting possibility that Skripal — an evidently despicable character willing to sell out his country — may have demanded hush money payments from Orbis.
They might also have realized that, if they did a hit employing a Novichok, the deed could readily be blamed on the Russians — a two-fer! MI6, if possible, is even more Russophobic than the U.S. Deep State.
This is, of course, mere speculation — but, at this point, what alternative explanation makes better sense?
Underlying this all is the increasingly evident fact that the “dodgy dossier” was not “opposition research”, but rather a consciously constructed slander of Trump and his campaign. By having ex-spook Christopher Steele front for it as its alleged author, it could be pawned off as “intelligence” by Deep State operatives, most notably John Brennan, John McCain, Bruce Ohr, and Steele himself, and passed along to the FBI and DOJ, Democratic politicians, the MSM, and the FISA court. Naturally, the origins of the dossier as a hit job by the Clinton campaign were kept under wraps for as long as was possible. Although attempts to use the dossier to derail Trump’s campaign failed because — mirabile dictu! — most in the MSM viewed its contents as too unverifiable to justify publication, it nevertheless functioned as essentially the sole “evidence” justifying the FISA warrant targeting Carter Page — a warrant which effectively enabled surveillance of the whole Trump campaign owing to the “two hop rule”. What makes this all especially egregious is that many portions of the dossier are ridiculous on their face — which effectively destroys the credibility of the entire dossier. Anyone who treated this as an “intelligence product” was consciously deceiving the American public and the world.
Naturally, those who concocted and employed this dossier would be willing to go to great lengths to prevent the truth about these issues from coming out. And whether that might have had something to do with the assault on Sergei Skripal is an intriguing question indeed.