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Andrew Wordsworth, co-founder of London-based investigations firm Raedas, who often works on Russian issues, said the memos in the Trump dossier were “not convincing at all.”
The hire is a big loss for BuzzFeed News, as Kaczynski's team gave the organization some of its most noteworthy election scoops throughout 2016. The loss also comes after BuzzFeed News editor in chief Ben Smith and CNN head Jeff Zucker spoke critically of each others' news operations following Zucker's comments that BuzzFeed was not a “legitimate” news operations.
One aspect to follow is the controversy over Buzzfeed's decision to publish the actual documents, wikileak's style -- the source documents are available so that what is written ABOUT these documents can be verified ... without Buzzfeed's brave act (which is being second-guessed and criticized) we'd have to take CNN's word. I'm not certain that CNN would have had a monopoly / "exclusive" on the story and/or how Buzzfeed got their copy (one leak / one leaker or two). Atlantic harrumphs. Atlantic says that Buzzfeed "violated a fundamental principle" by publishing unverified documents -- however, the other argument is that these documents ARE the story.... in fact, that they are reportedly unverifiable (the poor sourcing provided BY the documents being part of the story) is a large part of the story ... by making them public, the details can be directly addressed -- corroborated or refuted -- in ways otherwise impossible if kept discretely "for authorized eyes only" ... (so far, no one seems very interested in exactly who actually leaked to CNN) Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jan 11, 2017 8:26:22 AM | 6 www.moonofalabama.org
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
originally posted by: xuenchen
And to add to the confusion ..........
NBCUniversal Invests $200 Million in BuzzFeed
And like BuzzFeed didn't collaborate with CNN on the whole release thing.
In October, Mother Jones magazine described how a former Western spy — assigned to look into Trump's Russian ties for a private American firm — had presented his findings to the FBI in August.
But Washington reporter Carl Bernstein says former British ambassador to Moscow handed it to McCain Ambassador has not been named - and author of report also gave to FBI agent he knew at its station in Rome months ago Report was apparently paid for first BY Republican enemies of Trump then by Democrats Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk... d-collect-it.html#ixzz4VVnhc7vI Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
In October, then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wrote to the FBI asking it to publicly disclose what it knew about any Trump campaign ties to Russia. "It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information," Reid wrote on Oct. 30.
He said he learned of the information from FBI Director Jim Comey and from other top U.S. national security officials. It wasn't immediately clear how much Reid knew specifically of the compromising information versus Russian hacking activity in general.
Bernstein told CNN: 'It came from a former British MI6 agent who was hired from a political opposition research firm in Washington who was doing work about Donald Trump for both republican and democratic candidates opposed to Trump. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk... d-collect-it.html#ixzz4VVkGC9Na Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers – and says he caught them leaking Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk... Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook