A former top FBI official and White House cyber-security expert has been traveling the globe for the past 6 months on a mission to verify parts of the infamous Trump dossier, working with Buzzfeed, the news organization that first published it.
Buzzfeed is now being sued over the allegations of Trump’s ties to Russia, and is now on a mission to verify that what they published was indeed accurate.
Anthony Ferrante — a former top FBI official who also served as director for cyber incident response at the U.S. National Security Council during the Obama administration — is now at FTI Consulting, where he is leading the effort to defend Buzzfeed’s publication of the Steele Dossier.
Foreign Policy reports, As a top FBI cybersecurity official tasked to the White House, Ferrante was in charge of coordinating the U.S. government response to Russian attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, among other responsibilities. Prior to joining the NSC in 2015, Ferrante was chief of staff for the FBI’s cyber division at headquarters under then-Director James Comey. Ferrante, still working for the FBI but at the White House, stayed in his position as director for cyber incident response at the NSC through the Trump administration, until April 2017, when he left to join FTI.
At FTI, Ferrante launched what’s now been a months-long stealth effort chasing down documents and conducting interviews on the ground in various countries around the world. His team directed BuzzFeed lawyers to subpoena specific data and testimony from dozens of agencies or companies across the country and assembled a cyber ops war room to analyze that data, according to sources familiar with the work.
Buzzfeed is being sued by a Russian oligarch mentioned in the Dossier, as well as by Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Innocent people sue for libel all the time, right?