A former British intelligence officer behind an unverified dossier about President-elect Donald Trump fears for his safety, according to a new report.
Christopher Steele, 52, fled his home in Surrey, England, Wednesday as his identity became public, The Telegraph said Thursday.
An unidentified source close to Steele said the former spy was “horrified.”
“[He is] terrified for his and his family’s safety,” the source said of Steele, one of two directors at a private security and investigations firm in London.
Reports emerged Wednesday that Steele was the creator of a controversial document that claims the Russian government has compromising financial and personal information about Trump. It also alleges people close to Trump kept in touch with Moscow during the 2016 presidential race.
The dossier, composed of a number of memos, is opposition research originally commissioned by Republican opponents of Trump’s presidential bid and later by Democrats aligned with Hillary Clinton.