James Clapper, the soon to be replaced national intelligence director has issued a statement saying the leaking of the Wednesday’s dossier did not come from the U.S Intelligence community.
Following Wednesday’s release of documents that purports Russia had compromising financial and personal information on Donald Trump, and the later realisation that the documents were in all probability fake, Donald Trump hit out at the claims and raised the question of whether or not the intelligence community leaked the documents.
At Wednesday’s press conference he thanked media organisations that did not publish the document, and said, “They looked at that nonsense that was released by, maybe the intelligence agencies, who knows? Maybe the intelligence agencies which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they did that, a tremendous blot.”
The 35 page dossier was published on the website Buzzfeed. It includes “unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides, Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians”.
Trump insisted that when he travels he is extremely careful stating, “In your hotel rooms and no matter where you go, you will probably have cameras.
“In those rooms you have cameras in the strangest places… You better be careful or you’ll be watching yourself on nightly television.”
Trump and the U.S Intelligence agencies have not had the best start with the two of them clashing over who hacked the Democratic Party servers. Trump’s annoyance with his own intelligence agencies was clear when he said, “I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out.
“And that’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.”
It has transpired that the dossier was written by an ex-MI6 agent and passed to John McCain who in turn passed it on to the intelligence agencies shortly after his election win.