Government told of Trump’s connections to the Kremlin ‘in December’

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29th April 2017

The UK Government was made aware of contact between Donald Trump’s campaign for President of the United States and the Kremlin in December, it has been revealed.

The UK government found out about Trump's alleged links to Russia in December last year.
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Reports by British spy Christopher Steele revealed a possible collision between Moscow and Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House, according to details revealed by the former MI6 officer.

Court findings filed earlier this month showed UK secret services were known to have seen a dossier compiled by Steele that revealed a “senior UK government national security official acting in his official capacity, on a confidential basis in hard copy form”.

The court papers say Steele decided to pass on the information he had collected because it was “of considerable importance in relation to alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election”, that it “had implications for the national security of the US and the UK” and “needed to [be] analysed and further investigated/verified”.

The December memo alleged that four Trump representatives travelled to Prague in August or September in 2016 for “secret discussions with Kremlin representatives and associated operators/hackers”, about how to pay hackers secretly for penetrating Democratic party computer systems and “contingency plans for covering up operations”.

The December memo alleged four members of Trump’s camp travelled to Prague to secretly meet Kremlin representatives.

They discussed how to pay hackers who had penetrated the Democratic party’s computer system and contingency plans for a cover up.

The memo alleges hackers were recruited by Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB, and used botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs and steal data online from Democratic party leadership.