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The investigative reporter who broke the first news story based on information from Christopher Steele now says that he and others in the media should have had “more skepticism” about the former British spy’s infamous dossier.

“It’s been surprising to me the degree to which some people have wanted to maintain that the dossier was checking out when, as far as I can tell, it hasn’t,” he added.

Isikoff is best known in the Russia saga for his Sept. 23, 2016 article about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

It was later revealed that the report was based on information from Steele, who met with Isikoff and a small handful of reporters in Washington, D.C., in September 2016. Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele on behalf of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, arranged Steele’s meetings with journalists.

Isikoff said in the interview with Vanity Fair, published Thursday, that the dossier was based on second- and third-hand information.

“We knew that Steele compiled it, but that Steele did not hear these allegations himself. Somebody else heard them from others and then passed them along. That’s third-hand stuff, which is not usually the kind you want for publishing,” Isikoff said.
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