Christopher David Steele was born in the Yemeni city of Aden in the heyday of British colonialism. As a Yemeni, white privilege gained Steele entrance to Cambridge University, to become a UK citizen, and rise in the ranks of British government service. Steele is the former head of British foreign intelligence (MI6) Russia desk. Steele retired from MI6 and founded his own private intelligence agency, Orbis Business Intelligence. Steele maintains contacts with British Intelligence, Sir Richard Dearlove and the UK Intelligence firm Hakluyt.
In June 2016, Steele was subcontracted to Hillary Clinton through the American firm FusionGPS to spy on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Obama FBI had been conducting illegal FISA wiretaps on political opponents since at least 2011. Through FusionGPS's contacts in the Obama administration, Steele received raw FISA surveillance information from the FBI and authored an opposition research document known as the Steele dossier, with fanciful embellishments intended to impugn Trump and associates. The dossier was fed back to the Obama Department of Justice and FBI, and presented again to the FISA court as probable cause to extend illegal wiretaps against candidate, president-elect, and president Donald Trump, and others.
Steele was identified as a British spy in 1999, and was head of the Russia desk when Russian assassins killed FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in a sushi restaurant in the London. Steele was hardly in a position to make discreet inquiries with the Kremlin, which he claimed he did in the Steele dossier. Steele had not been to Russia in twenty-five years.
- Christopher Steele Timeline, May 27, 2018 by Jeff Carlson, CFA.