The “most important contributor” to the Russia collusion hoax dossier has been identified by the Wall Street Journal as a disgruntled Russian public relations executive with a reported drinking problem. The 40-year-old Olga Galkina had already been suspected as the woman who provided “the most critical allegations” of unverified and uncorroborated gossip to an old school friend digging for dirt on Donald Trump.
According to the Journal, Galkina was the source of the completely debunked claim that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had conspired with high-level Russian officials in a secret meeting in Prague. Shortly after getting fired from her job at a web-services company known for its Webzilla internet hosting unit, she claimed that its owner, Russian internet entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev, had been recruited by Russian security services. Also shortly after her firing from the company, Galkina blamed Webzilla for the hack of emails from the Democratic National Committee.
None of the dramatic stories that Galkina shared with her friend Igor Danchenko, who is also a Russian national and was suspected by the U.S. government of being a Russian agent, have been corroborated. The Russia collusion hoax operation was secretly funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. This summer it was revealed that Danchenko was hired by Christopher Steele, a man falsely described by major media as a James Bond-like master spy, to get dirt on Trump.
Galkina was reportedly fired for frequently showing up late to work, appearing drunk. A manager reportedly went to authorities because an acquaintance of Galkina told him “he would face deep trouble, including possible death, unless he paid €10,000 ($11,740) in compensation,” according to a statement that was confirmed by a Cypriot official and another person who confirmed it, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Danchenko also had a history of public drunkenness, and he described another source for his dossier work as a “drinking buddy.”
The dossier mixed publicly available information with outlandish gossip, smears, rumors, and innuendo. The FBI used the smears to help secure warrants to spy on a Trump campaign affiliate, despite having many reasons to believe they were false. Kevin Clinesmith, an FBI official who worked for Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe, was convicted of falsifying a document that was used to help continue spying on Carter Page, the Trump affiliate.
Despite the complete lack of corroboration for the non-public information, Danchenko told the Journal he trusted Galkina and his other sources. “I…have no reason to believe that any of them fabricated information that was given to me,” Danchenko told the Journal. “More importantly, I have yet to see anything credible that indicates that the raw intelligence I collected was inaccurate.”
An investigation into the Russia collusion hoax is purportedly being conducted by the Department of Justice, although Clinesmith is the only government official to be held accountable for his participation in the operation. Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham to head a probe into the Russia collusion investigation and its origins.