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On July 17, 2020 the Senate Judiciary Committee released a 59 page summary of the FBI interview with the Primary Sub Source for the Steele Dossier.  This interview took place in January 2017.  The FBI would continue to use this information from this source to renew the FISA application on Carter Page at least two more times.  Keep this in mind as I reveal the identity of this person.  They knew in January 2017 exactly who this person was and this person's qualifications for accusing the President of the United States of conspiring with a foreign power.  This dossier was also a key component of the Intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the election. Here is a link to the summary of the interview (with redactions).  Many of these redactions will be revealed in the next post. Link to the Summary of the interview The primary sub source was the person who gathered Intel for Christopher Steele and Orbis Intelligence on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign an
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Tracking the primary sub-source

Collaborative open source reporting is incredible.  If you find the right people online they will tell you a story hours, days, weeks, or even years before the mainstream media will deliver it to you.  By the time it does get to you it has been filtered and spun to suit whatever agenda and narrative they are pursuing at the time.  This is the story of how the primary sub source was uncovered with no traditional journalist being involved.   It starts shortly after the summary is released.  The primary work is done on twitter.  Semi-Casual Observer ( @CasualSemi )   posts a critical bit of information.  Based on the length of the redaction we know that the name is 14 characters long.  This starts the ball rolling.   Using the length of the redactions we can then deduce many other details about the PSS (primary sub source's) biography.  There are redactions for a lot of different details like place of birth and where he went to school.  We know already it is a he by the way as the sum

Expanding the scope of possiblities

One of the more interesting things about the primary sub source that was revealed in the release of the summary of the interviews is that the sub source seemed rather young.  The timing of his university and first work experiences did not match someone with a long career.  Overall my impression was that this person was not a serious super spy or someone with lengthy experience.  The next place to look in order to expand the list of possible names is to one of the great bits of analysis in the entire spygate affair.  Yaacov Apelbaum's "The Mechanics of Deception" post on his blog. Here we find a remarkable look at the connections between many of the players in the manufacture of the greatest hoax in recent times.  Of particular interest are some of the younger people connected to Orbis.  There are three younger people connected to Orbis Intelligence that stand out.  Chris Utechin, Keiran Porter, and Alex Buckland.  These three are all connected in some way to Steele's

The Primary Sub Source Revealed

The initial thing that caught my attention was that his name matched the redacted characters.  A four character first name with a nine character last name.  That is certainly pretty thin evidence however it is a start.  Fortunately his twitter account was open and public so I was able to look through his timeline.  The twitter posts match the profile.  This person is taking trips to Moscow, Ukraine, and mostly London.  The trips coincide quite well to critical dates in the dossier creation.  Lots of interest is shown for topics that are eventually covered in the dossier as well.  It's a good sign but not enough. Next I find some basic information about his schooling.  We know from the interview he went to high school in various locations and the character length of his university (in the United States).  We also know he comes from a four letter town in a five letter redacted city.  Here is a brilliant observation from the Semi-Casual (but pretty sharp!) user on twitter:  Without th

Unmistakable Proof

Finally I found the proof.  The full resume that shows this person is almost without a doubt the primary sub source for the Steele dossier.  Bonus:  He worked with Fiona Hill! Here is the full resume: It matches every detail in the summary to a degree that it is almost certain that this is the primary sub source. Here is a link to his senior thesis from University of Louisville. So the primary sub source is Igor Danchenko In London on October 11, 2016 Russia in August 2016 Trip to New York as Crossfire Hurricane opens June 3, 2016 off to Moscow and London Resume change on June 11, 2016 Dig at Carter Page? Beach friends? I'm willing to bet Orbis has some payments to Sidar Global Analysis that eventually wind up with Igor. (It turns out I'm probably wrong about that one.  Target Labs, inc more likely) More fun stuff.  Brookings Institute papers written with Fiona Hill and Erica Downs


This was a fraud.  Everyone who knew this guy was the source for the dossier knew it was a fraud.  He is probably not a horrible person.  He was set up to be the fall guy.  The people who used his information and pretended it came from legitimate sources are the real bad guys. This was the guy who supplied the info in the Steele dossier: His name is Igor Danchenko