DNI office says Steele dossier not used in 2016 intel assessment about Russian election meddling

DNI office says Steele dossier not used in 2016 intel assessment about Russian election meddling
Seriously?

[Ed. – This doesn’t seem to be the same thing as specifically denying that the intel community acknowledged the dossier at the same time it forwarded the intel assessment to then-President Obama.  It has been reported in several places that the dossier was included as an annex to the classified version of the IC assessment.  But assuming ODNI is telling the truth, it appears to mean that the intel John Brennan thought was decisive — but NSA was far more skeptical about — was the tiebreaker for the IC.  That was the intel that has been variously described as coming from the Brits, and originating (per the Guardian) with Estonia, or coming from a former routine CIA source within the Kremlin.]

Information from the controversial dossier by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele was not part of the U.S. intelligence assessment of Russian election meddling, the office of the Director of National Intelligence says.

Responding to a report that disclosed the existence of a secret appendix to the classified intelligence assessment, DNI spokesman Tim Barrett insisted the assessment was not derived from the dossier or Steele’s claims of Trump-Russian collusion.

The intelligence report, titled “Background to Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution”, did not rely on information from the Steele dossier or from Steele, said Barrett, chief spokesman for DNI Dan Coats.

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