Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer of the "Dirty Dossier", criticizes Britain's "insufficient" response to Russia's political interference, which is supposed to drive the parties to extremes.
- Mr Steele said Britain has been slow to deal with the threat of Russian interference
- The lax regulation of Russian money in British politics was particularly worrying
- The former spy's intelligence agency was behind the 2016 report on Donald Trump
The author of the "Dirty Dossier" and former M16 officer Christopher Steele has criticized the United Kingdom for its "inadequate" response to Russia's political interference, which is supposed to drive political parties to extremes.
In an interview with conservative MEP Damian Collins in the Infotagion podcast, Steele said Britain was too slow and "completely insufficient" to deter and respond to Russian activity and called for a concerted effort to prevent further attempts to disrupt it.
Mr Steele, whose intelligence agency was behind the infamous 2016 Donald Trump Golden Shower report, pointed out that the lax regulation of Russian money entering British politics is a particularly worrying area.
Mr Steele, who had set up intelligence advisory services after leaving MI6, indicated that the lax regulation of Russian money is a particularly worrying area in British politics. He arrives on July 24 for a hearing on his Trump dossier at the High Court
"We are on the defensive," said Steele.
“There are enormous weaknesses that are created by democracy and modern technology, and we are not catching up fast enough on how our opponents can and want to take advantage of these things without really strong retaliation and deterrence.
"It has to be an organized countermeasure to ensure that this doesn't distort and interfere with our political life."
Mr Steele said that Russian interference was "designed" to take political debate to the extreme in order to undermine people's "belief and trust" in democracy. Brexit is a clear example of how divided the country had become in previous consensus issues.
"The other thing that I think it should do in its modern form is to create great polarity, great partisanship and divisions within political life that we have never seen in democracies.
“It's not just elections. I think it is the way in which political discourse and political parties are being pushed to the extreme and the consensus on things like the national security and integrity of the United Kingdom and its defense that has been taking place recently have pretty consensus issues, there is now a definite attempt to destroy them, and the Brexit in some ways … was a classic case of it.
"I am very concerned (to ensure) that national security issues can be non-partisan and that despite the attempts by Russia and other foreign actors to polarize, we can keep our policies largely moderate and mainstream."
Mr. Steele said that Russian interference was "intended" to take political debate to the extreme in order to undermine people's "belief and trust" in democracy (Image: President Putin).
Mr. Steele became known in 2016 when he wrote a dossier about alleged connections between Donald Trump and Russia.
He was subsequently sued by Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev after BuzzFeed published the so-called Steele dossier in January 2017.
Mr. Gubarev said part of the dossier made "seriously defamatory allegations" while Mr. Steele contested his allegations.
A decision about the process is still pending.
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