The Daily Caller News Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI to release documents relating to a primary source Christopher Steele used for his controversial Steele dossier. The FBI denied the request, but what DCNF learned, as a result, is powerful and telling information, nonetheless.
DCNF claims “the source, whose identity remains a mystery, holds key information that could shed light on apparent inaccuracies in Steele’s dossier, which the FBI cited extensively in applications for surveillance orders against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.” The records sought from the FBI are “for an individual identified as ‘Primary Sub-Source’ in a Justice Department inspector general’s report released on Dec. 9.”
Just who is this mysterious “Primary Sub-Source?” Clearly, someone, the FBI wants to keep a secret. “The nature of your request implicates records the FBI compiles pursuant to its national security and foreign intelligence functions” read the FBI’s response to DCNF penned by Michael G. Seidel, the acting section chief for the FBI’s information management division.
Seidel writes the request was denied because disclosing the information “would trigger harm to national security interests…and/or reveal intelligence sources and methods.” Additionally, the information would reveal the “identity of confidential sources and any information furnished by such sources in criminal law enforcement and national security investigations.”
In summation, “disclosing source related records about an individual or entity could reasonably be expected to undermine the use of confidential sources as it would discourage cooperation with the FBI in the future” wrote Seidel. “Therefore, your request is closed.”
Reportedly, Steele told a partner at the firm Fusion GPS that this “Primary Sub-Source” was “well known to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials.” In Michael Horowitz’s Inspector General report, he chastised the FBI’s failings in disclosing pertinent information in its final two FISA applications against Page.
“The Justice Department deemed the two FISA orders to be invalid because of the FBI’s omission of information about Steele’s source” notes BizPac Review. Furthermore, “Steele, who investigated the Trump campaign on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC, said in a court deposition in London in March that the source had worked with his firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, for several years. Steele said he paid the source a retainer of up to $5,000 per month” writes BPR.
This is just the latest piece of evidence in a large-scale cover-up by the FBI of politically motivated individuals bankrolled directly by the Clinton campaign and DNC.