A detailed report by a former FBI cybersecurity expert lends credence to claims in the controversial Steele dossier that Russian hackers used a tech firm’s networks to infiltrate and make incursions into the Democratic Party organizations in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The dossier, put amassed as oppositional research on then-candidate Donald Trump by former British intel operative Christopher Steele while he worked for Fusion GPS, said “botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership.”

President Trump and his supporters have long derided the dossier as a partisan treatise chocked with mistruths and unproven assertions, designed to torpedo the president’s 2016 campaign and wrong in its assertion that Russia was working to elect Trump. Detractors have accused investigators in the FBI of improperly using the dossier in the FISA court to obtain a warrant to put Trump adviser Carter Page under surveillance and launch a probe of the Trump camp’s possible collaboration with Russian operatives during the election to damage his opponent Hillary Clinton.

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