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    Espionage Pro or Political Hack? The Dossier on Steele

    Thanks to his eponymous dossier, ex-spy Christopher Steele is at the dizzying center of a partisan battle over President Trump’s Russia links — and the fate of his presidency. While Trump’s congressional allies are seeking to undermine Steele’s credibility, his former British intelligence bosses and colleagues call him “respected” and “very careful” and the go-to Russia expert. As the battle over his reputation plays out, one thing’s becoming clear: As Russian election meddling gained steam in mid-2016, Steele, and not the FBI, was paying close attention.

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