London (CNN) — Almost three years after the Steele Dossier was first published, CNN can finally reveal the classified ad published by Fusion GPS that lured retired MI6 operative Christopher Steele to investigate Donald Trump for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The want ad was published in The Telegraph in early 2016.
Wanted: Ultra low-key but ultra high-intensity ex-MI6 analyst of humble middle class origins for short-term overseas contract. Must commute by train, vote Labour, speak Russian, have children and at least one living grandfather from the working class (preferably Welsh coal miner). Individual should be astoundingly diligent with huge integrity. Foreign-born UK citizen a little naïve about the public square a plus, but not required. Extremely low-risk contract, but if charged with falsely accusing VIP of golden showers, must be able to go public with “feelings of vertigo like the time my spouse died after a long illness leaving me to care for our young children.” Pays up to £150,000. To cut through red tape, contact Fusion GPS at bar called O’Malley’s to plan escape from career public-service doldrums.The Daily Telegraph, Sunday, January 17, 2016.