Both the Russian government and Trump have rejected the claims as "fake news". And to discerning observers it is clear that Russia and Trump are most likely telling the truth.
What is going on here is a classic "dirty tricks" operation to smear the incoming president and to intimidate him into toeing the policy line of the unelected powerful rulers of the US – the Deep State.
The reported involvement of British intelligence operatives is also indicative of a "psychological op" given that the latter are past masters at forgery and slander.
Specifically, the powers-that-be want Trump to capitulate on his skepticism about their "intelligence" claims that Russia hacked the US presidential election in November. If Trump does not toe the line, then he is liable to be impeached as a "foreign agent" or have his character assassinated.
Or worse, taken out by "executive action" in the ignoble tradition of the CIA as seen over the decades with many other political leaders who stood in the way of the Deep State. John F Kennedy in 1963 shows that being an American citizen offers no protection.
In telltale fashion, anonymous US officials, citing anonymous intelligence agents, are leaking like a sieve to the reliably receptive corporate media "unverified reports" alleging that Russian spies have "compromising" personal information on Trump.
So ropey are the claims of Trump's alleged "perverted conduct" that it is hardly worth repeating them here. But it is important to note that the US media are giving these "unsubstantiated reports" of sexual exploits in a Moscow hotel wide coverage without any attempt to verify them.
The US intelligence claims have also been widely circulated among top Congressional lawmakers.
This is all suggestive of a deliberate, coordinated campaign to pollute the information space. In short, to smear Trump.
There is so much inverse-projection going on here. The US intelligence agencies are implying that Russian state forces intend to "coerce" Trump by blackmail when he formally becomes president after his inauguration on January 20. This "coercion", it is alleged, will be possible because the Russians have gathered highly compromising information on Trump while he was allegedly staying at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow back in 2013.
The reality is that it's not the Russian secret services doing the "coercing" but rather American spy agencies of the Deep State – principally the CIA.
US intelligence are also claiming that the alleged Russian blackmail is part of a five-year Kremlin plot to groom Trump for the presidency, which included offering him lucrative financial incentives. It is also claimed that Russian state agents were in communication with Trump's election campaign team.
OK, enough of the amateurish fantasy-telling. We are only in danger of doing the work of the CIA by recounting this nonsense.
Nevertheless, we have to delve a little to appreciate the mechanics of the dirty operation unfolding.
During the election campaign, the Deep State's favored candidate was Hillary Clinton owing to, among other assets, her belligerent views towards Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Trump was routinely denigrated in the corporate-controlled media as a "Russian stooge" because of his opposing view expressing the desire to restore friendly relations with Moscow.
To the Deep State's horror and surprise, Trump won the election on November 8. That's when its retrograde operation kicked in.
Since then, the Deep State and its political operatives in the Obama administration and Congress, in concert with media assets, have been fervently trying to discredit Trump's mandate with relentless claims that Russia hacked the US election to favor Trump over Clinton. The Russians did this, it is alleged, by releasing damaging information on.....