We now know that publishing the Steele dossier was in the public’s interest, holds Ben Smith, the editor in chief of Buzzfeed, in an Op-Ed for the New York Times. Some of its biggest claims have been confirmed, none smaller than the fact that Russia sought to aid the Trump campaign in its bid for the presidency. The president’s office has attacked the dossier, calling it false, but that is not entirely the case. It is thanks to the publication of the Steele dossier that the FBI is undertaking its current investigation into alleged collusion. Because of it, Americans have a better understanding of why this probe is so necessary.
The Steele dossier was not a collection of facts but pieces of raw intelligence that warranted further investigation rather than stating anything conclusively itself, asserts Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review. During a libel suit against Christopher Steele, he retreated from calling the dossier conclusive, but merely an indicator that Russia might have meddled in American democracy. Damning is the fact that he refused to reveal who sponsored his work, which was later revealed as the Clinton campaign. The dossier should not have been given the weight that it was by the government.