In Feb 2016, Steele's Orbis security company emailed to potential private-sector client documents and cover email with provocative claim: Putin might be losing his grip on power.
Yet it was used as evidence to justify FBI spying on the campaign of a duly-elected GOP presidential nominee's campaign.
Even Steele's former boss, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, expressed uncertainty about some of the Russia intelligence Steele was providing.
Both the CIA intelligence as well as his Orbis private client claims would have destroyed his credibility at the onset.
His "Russian" sources deserve the quotes used to connote incredulity at their actual existence.
The turn of the screw produces reliable squeaking, and that's what we're hearing.