The Washington Post corrects, removes parts of two Steele dossier stories

In light of a recent indictment and new reports, The Washington Post said on Friday that it would be amending and erasing sections of two stories the outlet did regarding the Steele dossier.

One story published in March 2017 and another in February 2019 were corrected and had parts removed. The two stories connected “Source D” in former British intelligence analyst Christopher Steele’s dossier to Belarusian American businessman Sergei Millian.

In the March 2017 article, Millian was identified as “Source D” and “Source E” in separate areas of the dossier; that included identifying him as “Source D” behind a claim that Russian intelligence found a hotel room in Moscow, which had previously been used by former President Barack Obama and his wife, was defiled by prostitutes hired by former President Donald Trump.

The dossier also said that the “Source E” substantiated the allegations, but the Post said the claims have not been proven true.

An editor’s note was placed on the 2017 story: “The original version of this article published on March 29, 2017, said that Sergei Millian was a source for parts of a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump. That account has been contradicted by allegations contained in a federal indictment filed in November 2021 and undermined by further reporting by The Washington Post. As a result, portions of the story and an accompanying video have been removed and the headline has been changed,” the note read.

Analyst Igor Danchenko was indicted this month, which alleges that the analyst may have gotten information about the claim in the 2017 story from an operative of the Democratic Party instead of from Millian. Danchenko helped put together some of the information for the Steele dossier.

“The original account was based on two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide sensitive information. One of those people now says the new information ‘puts grave doubt that Millian’ was a source for parts of the dossier. The other declined to comment,” the editor’s note continued.




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