A British court on July 8 ordered Christopher Steele to pay damages to Russian businessmen who sued him over claims in one of the memos in Steeles infamous dossier.
In a lengthy opinion, High Court of England and Wales Justice Mark Warby ruled that Steele and his company, Orbis Business Intelligence, failed to properly verify one of the claims in the memo before disseminating it and ordered Steele to pay more than $22,000 each to two of the three claimants.
Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan filed a lawsuit against Steele in May 2018, challenging a series of claims he made in Memorandum 112 of his dossier. The judge determined that all of the challenged claims “are inaccurate or misleading as a matter of fact.”
The judges ruling against Steele was limited to one of the five claims challenged by the Russian businessmen. Steele took due care to verify the other four claims, the court found.
“We are delighted with the outcome of this case and that Mr. Justice Warby has determined what we have always known to be the case – that the contents of Memorandum 112 are inaccurate and misleading,” Fridman said in a statement.
“Ever since these odious allegations were first made public in January 2017, my partners and I have been resolute and unwavering in our determination to prove that they are untrue, and through this case, we have finally succeeded in doing so.”
The judge determined that Steele accurately recorded what he had been told by his source. Warbys decision is the first legal defeat for Steele, who has faced a battery of legal challenges since the release of the dossier in early 2017.
“Orbis BI are grateful for Justice Warbys clear and detailed ruling in this case and will ensure that our companys data handling data handling procedures incorporate his various findings going forward,” Steeles company said in a statement.
Steeles dossier contained a series of memos claiming that then-candidate Donald Trump colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee ultimately paid for Steeles work. The FBI used the dossier in late October 2016 to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign associate.
In Memorandum 112, Steele claimed that Fridman, Aven, and Khan—all associates of Alfa Bank—had shadowy links to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Steele was directed to research and write the memo by Fusion GPS, the company that hired him for the dossier work.
The three mens potential connections to Putin were of interest to Fusion GPS, the firm came into possession of information on an alleged link between Alfa Bank and Trump Tower. Linking AlRead More From Source