(NationalSentinel) Remember that uncorroborated “dossier” on President Donald J. Trump that Buzzfeed published in full, because it’s editor, Ben Smith, thought Americans ‘had a right to know’ what was in it, even though none of it could be substantiated?
Well, he may have just cost the company its livelihood, because a Russian-owned firm named in the dossier has filed suit in a U.S. court for libel. As reported by McClatchy Papers:
A Russian-tied tech firm named in a controversial dossier containing uncorroborated allegations about President Donald Trump and the hacking of Democratic National Committee email accounts announced late Friday that it has filed defamation suits against the online news site BuzzFeed, its editor in chief and a former British intelligence agent.
The lawsuits were brought by XBT Holdings, a Cyprus-based company owned by Russian tech magnate Aleksej Gubarev. Lawyers for his firm filed complaints Friday in London against the former spy and his company, and against BuzzFeed and its editor in chief, Ben Smith, in Broward County Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where XBT’s subsidiary Webzilla is headquartered.
Former spy Christopher Steele and his company Orbis Business Intelligence in London were named as defendants in the London suit.
“The dossier included libelous, unverified and untrue allegations regarding XBT, Webzilla and Gubarev. The lawsuits seek yet undetermined compensation for the damages suffered by XBT, Webzilla and Gubarev as the result of the publication of the dossier,” a statement said.
In a statement to McClatchey from New York-based Buzzfeed, company spokesman Matt Mittenthal said Friday night, “We have redacted Mr. Gubarev’s name from the published dossier, and apologize for including it.”
In an interview after the dossier was published, Gubarev, who operates 40,000 servers around the world, told McClatchy he was not aware of any hacking or illicit activities tied to them. He said had there been, he would have known about it in real time.
McClatchy reported further:
Among other things, the document alleged, without corroboration, that the Trump campaign had worked with the Kremlin on penetrating Democratic National Committee computers. The dossier alleges XBT’s involvement and names Gubarev, saying he cooperated with Russian spy agencies under duress.
“We were shocked to see our good name wrongly included and published in this unsubstantiated report. We are confident that the courts will review the evidence of our non-involvement and provide fair and reasonable compensation from the perpetrators of this outrageous allegation,” the company statement said.
In his overzealous effort to smear Trump at any cost, Smith may have just cost Buzzfeed a tidy sum of money. Let’s hope so, because what Smith did was not journalism, it was activism and, frankly, slanderous. And perhaps a guilty verdict will send a message to the rest of the establishment media: Your reporting on Trump and his alleged associates had better be accurate.