You make vitally important points regarding the present ease of manipulating and fabricating electronic "evidence". This may be the biggest challenge in the history of jurisprudence, but precious few recognize the danger for those accused.
This being the case doesn't mean Steele is innocent. And that's not to say I think he's guilty. I don't know. I do know the preliminary story stinks to high heaven. And whenever politics and kikery are involved, one must give the benefit of the doubt to the accused, at least until further information is available.