'I don't think he made it up... but he doesn't always draw the correct judgement': Ex-UK Moscow ambassador admits he was middle man who tipped off John McCain to Trump 'dirty dossier'
Sir Andrew Wood said he discussed allegations with John McCain last yearBy Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter For Mailonline
He claims he has never read report and said: 'I haven't done anything wrong'
Chris Steele has fled home because Russians 'are accustomed to taking action'
Row has plunged Britain and Russia into a fresh outbreak of Cold War hostilities
Embassy tweet says Steele never left MI6 and briefed UK government and FBI
MI6 boss 'livid' and spies call him an 'idiot' for taking job to dig dirt on Trump
President Trump brands Steele a 'failed spy' and suggests he wants to sue him
12 January 2017 | Updated: 20:08 GMT, 13 January 2017
A former British ambassador to Russia has today admitted he told John McCain about the contents of the 'dirty' Trump dossier - but denied handing it to the President-elect's sworn enemy.
Sir Andrew Wood, 77, believes its author Christopher Steele, 52, a former MI6 agent he knows from Moscow, is right to have vanished amid claims he fears for his life.
The diplomat says the salacious file 'was pretty much public' last Autumn and spoke to Senator McCain about its contents at a Canada security conference at the time of the US election.
Donald Trump has again lashed out over the affair, calling Steele a 'failed spy' employed by 'sleazebag political operatives' and suggesting he wants to sue the ex-MI6 agent if he ever comes out of hiding.
He tweeted: 'It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued'.
The row has plunged Britain and Russia into a fresh outbreak of Cold War hostilities with Russia claiming Steele has never left MI6 and security sources say he spoke to UK Government officials before handing the dossier to the FBI.
Diplomatic incident: Sir Andrew Wood met with Senator John McCain in Canada last year and discussed lurid claims about Trump's sex life - but denies he handed him the dossier
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