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Former British-Based Spy Authored Controversial Report on Trump

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The author of report on comprising material Russia allegedly has on President-elect Donald Trump is Christopher Steele, a former officer in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, people familiar with him told Reuters. 

Steele spent years working for the agency, known as MI-6, in several cities, including Russia.

Steele is known for working on the corruption scandal involving FIFA, the international soccer’s governing body, and supplied the FBI with the information.

Steele investigated Trump on behalf of unidentified Republicans who opposed Trump.

Steele stopped working with the FBI about a month before the election because he believed the bureau wasn’t interested and was acting too slowly.

Reuters wrote:

Steele’s reports circulated for months among major media outlets, including Reuters, but neither the news organizations nor U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been able to corroborate them.

BuzzFeed published some of Steele’s reports about Trump on its website on Tuesday but the President-elect and his aides later said the reports were false. Russian authorities also dismissed them. 

Associates of Steele said on Wednesday he was unavailable for comment. Christopher Burrows, a director and co-founder of Orbis with Steele, told The Wall Street Journal, which first published Steele’s name, that he could not confirm or deny that Steele’s company had produced the reports on Trump.

British Man to be Extradited to US on Iranian Weapon Sales Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A retired British businessman will be extradited to the US after losing a High Court battle, reports the Mail Online.

Christopher Tappin, 64, faces charges of conspiring to sell parts for Iranian missiles in the US, which he denies. In fighting extradition, he claimed entrapment by the FBI, which a British judge dismissed as an “unsustainable” claim, reports the Mail. He may now face up to 35 years in prison.

Tappin is suspected to have unlawfully tried to export batteries for Hawk air defence missiles.

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US, UK Security Directives Clash Over London Olympics; FBI Plans to Send 500 Agents

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Expressing deep unease about the UK’s restricting the scope of anti-terrorism “stop and search” powers, the U.S, plans to send about 1,000 security agents to the 2012 London Olympics, which will include a contingent of about 500 FBI agent, reports Adelaide Now.

“We are not equal partners in this,” said an unnamed UK security official of the United States, according to Adelaide Now. “They are being very demanding.”

“The Americans are risk-averse, with a capital ‘A’ and underlined. They want to see everything … They want to be on top of everything – building protection, counterterrorism strategy and VIP security – everything,” said another. “(The US) don’t do things by halves.”

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A Trade of a Different Sort: This One Won’t Help Any Teams Win the Championship

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

Trades in sports like the NBA often garner plenty of attention. But this trade is different: spies for spies.

The New York Daily News reports that a plan is in the works to send the 10 Russian spies arrested last week home in exchange for imprisoned spies who did work for the U.S. and Britain.

The Daily News said  plan could be hatched sooner than later.

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