Ex-spy ‘terrified’ over Trump dossier backlash: report

Ex-spy ‘terrified’ over Trump dossier backlash: report
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A former British intelligence officer behind an unverified dossier about President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE fears for his safety, according to a new report.

Christopher Steele, 52, fled his home in Surrey, England, Wednesday as his identity became public, The Telegraph said Thursday.

An unidentified source close to Steele said the former spy was “horrified.” 

“[He is] terrified for his and his family’s safety,” the source said of Steele, one of two directors at a private security and investigations firm in London.

Reports emerged Wednesday that Steele was the creator of a controversial document that claims the Russian government has compromising financial and personal information about Trump. It also alleges people close to Trump kept in touch with Moscow during the 2016 presidential race.

The dossier, composed of a number of memos, is opposition research originally commissioned by Republican opponents of Trump's presidential bid and later by Democrats aligned with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE.

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U.S. intelligence officials have not verified the document’s details, however.

The president-elect on Wednesday blasted the leak of the controversial document to media outlets.

“I think it was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake [to get out],” he said during a news conference at Trump Tower in New York City. 

“That’s something Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” he added.