A dossier that US intelligence agencies believe has links to the alleged attacks on the Cole and USS Liberty has been leaked.
The document was prepared by the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and was written by former British spy Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer.
Steele has been accused by US officials of fabricating documents about alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russia.
His work has been widely discredited, with the US government concluding that his claims are untrue and that he fabricated evidence.
Now, according to BuzzFeed News, Steele has provided the document to a Russian journalist, who shared it on the internet.
BuzzFeed News has contacted Steele for comment.
“It’s the most damaging thing I’ve ever seen,” former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told Fox News in February.
The dossier alleges that Russia was behind the attack that killed the US Navy Seal team, including the two sailors who were killed in the attack.
The CIA and the FBI have said they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the attacks.
US officials have said the attacks are the work of Russian intelligence, though Russia denies involvement.
The former intelligence official told BuzzFeed News that Steele provided him with the documents.
He said the document was “unmasked” and that Steele had been “surprised” that it was being published.
It comes amid a broader Russia-US conspiracy theory that the US is behind the leaks of damaging information about Trump’s ties to Russia, which have been blamed on Trump himself.
The leaked document alleges that Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered the attack, and the two are alleged to have given “information” to the Russian government.
BuzzFeed reported that the Russian source had contacted a Russian who shared the document.
The source told the Russian that he could share information with the Russian Government, the source said, adding that the documents included details of US military hardware being used in Syria and Iraq.
The leak comes as the White House has said that the Trump campaign and White House staff were briefed on the document and did not know of its existence.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, March 29, 2021.
Trump also said he was not aware of the document’s existence, but denied that he was in the dark about the existence of it.
He also said it did not show that the White Houses team had “colluded” with Russia, a comment that has come under fire from some Republicans.
Trump has also denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia, and suggested he would be willing to meet with Putin if it was offered.
“He knows what happened,” Trump said of Putin.
“And I’m not gonna lie, I’d love to talk to him.
I think he’d be very interested in having a conversation.”