like many readers, I'm reading and dismayed by the FBI spreadsheet purportedly summarizing their analysis of Steele dossier.…

if incompetence, laziness and stupidity were crimes, then Comey's "right people" would all be in jail long ago.
2/ but, before further editorializing, let's consider FBI General Counsel James Baker's description of verification techniques, as told to Telegraph… (Episode 2, 15:42 ff). Always best to judge work product by their own standards and protocols.
3/ Baker observed that reliance on open source for verification was "tricky because source could have gotten information from open source as well, so you have to be wary". It doesn't take John LeCarre or James Jesus Angleton to figure that out. Yet spreadsheet abounds in examples
4/ Baker pointed to importance of verifying phone records to confirm a phone call; travel records to corroborate that someone took a trip. Does spreadsheet describe any such efforts in connection with key purported contact between Danchenko and Millian? Of course not.
5/ Yet Ben Riley-Smith, the Telegraph's fatuous stenographer of intel community puff, hyperventilated about FBI verification process as "a long, laborious painstaking process" to which the Steele dossier had supposedly stood up.
6/ here is a summary table of footnotes on provenance. Sources redacted for 114 of 390 footnotes, despite Trump's promises. Some redactions stupid. FBI's primary verification resource was Beltway media articles.
7/ many commenters have already observed the inanity of using media articles which were seeded by Steele/Fusion as confirmation. One amusing example is footnote 9 which noted that Alexandra Chalupa was cited on Trump having an orgy in Russia in Australian article on Nov 1, 2016
8/ the FBI partly redacted their source for no valid reason
9/ the article is easily identified :… They cited a Twitter message from Chalupa, a notorious pro-Ukraine Dem operative and zealot, whose information is circular to Steele
10/ the supposedly confirming Australian article was a rehash of Beltway articles, pushing Steele fabrications plus fraudulent Alfa Bank server claims directly promoted by Perkins Coie in side operation to Steele.
11/ there is some information on Report 139, not in Buzzfeed, which cites Millian by name, not just as Source E. FBI failed to observe that Millian is from Belarus, not Russia. FBI puported to cite no fewer than 6(!) open sources for "working relationship" betw Trump and Millian.
12/ there aren't actually 6 different media sources for this claim: the FBI triple-counted a Daily Beast article.
13/ one of the articles is a Crocus Group (Agalarov) press release from 2013 which talks about why the Agalarovs hosted Miss Universe 2013 contest, but did not show promised "working relationship" between Trump and Millian. Invalid reference.
14/ another citation supposedly showing promised "working relationship" is April 2016 interview with Millian…. But it contained no mention of Trump. Another invalid "verification".
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