John McCain dispatched a trusted aide across the Atlantic to get dirty dossier from ex-spy after former British diplomat told him about blackmail tapes


  • The Guardian charted the path the dirty dossier made from a British intelligence professional to Sen. John McCain and then the FBI
  • McCain, 80, put out a statement Wednesday saying that he was the bureau’s source of the controversial dossier
  • The Arizona Republican found out about the dossier’s existence while at a meeting in Canada and dispatched an emissary to hunt it down
  • He met an ex-British diplomat in Canada – now identified as Sir Andrew Wood -who in one version of events told him about the file
  • Wood is a former associate of Tony Blair the ex-British prime minister, and admitted talking to McCain
  • He issued a nuanced statement saying he did not give McCain the dossier and had ‘done nothing wrong’  – but he did not deny telling McCain the file existed

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