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Christopher Steele, former British intelligence officer in London Tuesday March 7, 2017 where he has spoken to the media for the first time . Steele who compiled an explosive and unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities in Russia has returned to work. Christopher Steele said Tuesday he is “really pleased” to be back at work in London after a prolonged period out of public view. He went into hiding in January. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

A former spy reportedly admitted that a charge made in the Trump dossier wasn't verified

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The former British spy who published the notorious anti-Trump dossier has acknowledged that one of the sensational charges made in it isn't verified, The Washington Times reported

The charge surfaced in a December dossier in which Christopher Steele accused Russian tech expert Aleksej Gubarev of compromising the Democratic party's computer networks with pornography and bugging devices. 

In a court filing, Steele said that his accusations against the president and his associates about an alleged Russian hacking conspiracy weren't ever supposed to be made public, much less published in full on a website on Jan. 10.

Steele's unintended actions had huge ramifications. After the dossier was published, Gubarev filed a defamation lawsuit against Steele and BuzzFeed, which published the 35-page document in full on its website. 

Though the news organization did publish the dossier, BuzzFeed News Editor Ben Smith included an editor's note expressing his doubts about the veracity of some of its claims.

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