Now, BuzzFeed has hired a former senior FBI official to lead an investigation attempting to verify the claims of the dossier and acquit the news site of any wrongdoing, Foreign Policy reports.
In an attempt to defend itself against libel charges, BuzzFeed hired former FBI and White House cybersecurity official Anthony Ferrante to verify the claims of the Steele dossier.
Ferrante joined the FBI in 2005, working in the New York field office on cyber threats to national security, according to Foreign Policy.
He was the director for cyber incident response at the U.S. National Security Council during the Barack Obama administration and was responsible for coordinating the U.S. response to Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election.
The BuzzFeed lawsuit could lead to a public disclosure of what has and hasn’t been verified as true from the Steele dossier, something that hasn’t happened with the confidential investigation by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller.