U.K. High Court Dismisses Libel Suit against Writer of Steele Dossier

Britain’s High Court on Friday decided to dismiss a libel suit that a Russian business tycoon filed against a former MI6 officer who wrote an article regarding U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia and Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Britain’s High Court on Friday decided to dismiss a libel suit that a Russian business tycoon filed against a former MI6 officer who wrote an article regarding U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia and Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Aleksej Gubarev filed a libel claim against Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, and his enterprise Orbis Business Intelligence.

According to the Russian tech entrepreneur, Steele was responsible for “seriously defamatory allegations” for having “knowing involvement” in the hacking of the computer systems used by the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 election.

Steele was known for writing “Steele dossier”, a political opposition research which elaborates alleged acts of misconduct, conspiracy, and cooperation between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.

The former MI6 officer also said that Trump had been “compromised” by the Russian Security Service (FSB) and allegedly took part in “perverted sexual acts which have been arranged/monitored by the FSB.”

Gubarev, together with his enterprise hosting firm Webzilla, launched the legal action against Steele after BuzzFeed published the bombshell research in January 2017.

Despite ruling out that the references to Gubarev in the Steele dossier were defamatory and their publication “caused serious harm to his reputation,” Judge Mark Warby still dismissed Gubarev’s claim in a judgement delivered remotely on Friday.

“He would have been entitled to substantial damages, if he had proved that the defendants are responsible in law for the publication complained of,” said Warby. “But he has failed to prove that.”

He added that Webzilla’s claim against Steele and his company “must also be dismissed for the same reason.”


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