A secret bundle of files containing uncorroborated allegations about how the Russian government possesses blackmail-worthy information about the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is now public, thanks to BuzzFeed News.
The documents, which have been circulating among reporters for weeks, have not been released by any other news outlets because they are wholly unverified, allegedly the work of a former British intelligence operative. The documents were shared with both the president-elect and President Barack Obama last week, according to CNN, which vaguely discussed the contents of the dossier in a front-page story and on air Tuesday afternoon.
Among the more explosive, unverified allegations are that, during his campaign, Trump surrogates regularly exchanged information with intermediaries for the Russian government. The papers also contain a number of graphic details about sexual acts involving Trump, including one particularly controversial act, said to have taken place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow, that involves urine and prostitutes.
BuzzFeed said it released the documents because it wanted the American people to “make up their own minds about the allegations,” which it noted have been circulating “at the highest levels of the U.S. government.”