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Here's why the British ex-spy behind the controversial Trump dossier is in hiding

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Steele. Christopher Steele

It's not to get away from the media. It's to get away from the Kremlin.

Former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, described as a real-life James Bond by a former colleague to NBC News, is at the center of a tornado surrounding a 35-page dossier about Donald Trump and the Russians.

Steele, 52, allegedly created the unsubstantiated memo on the President-elect, the Washington Post reported.

Trump weighed in on the investigation, tweeting about the "failed spy."

"Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans."

Trump tweeted that he expects to have a full report on the dossier in 90 days.

He's in hiding to avoid attention, neighbors say

Reports say Steele left his home earlier this week to avoid possible retribution by the Krelim.

According to a NY Times report, Steele is in hiding "to avoid attention or possible retribution for the memos."

Steele was a MI6 case officer for former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was fatally poisoned with radiation in 2006 after seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.

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