(National Sentinel) Political Hit Job: Three Russians who were named in the so-called “Trump dossier” have filed suit against Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C.-based firm responsible for producing the document.
As reported by Politico:
Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, claiming that their reputations were unfairly tattered by the so-called dossier — a largely unsubstantiated document that has taken on a larger-than-life role in several investigations into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The plaintiffs are among the backers of Alfa Bank, a financial institution that the dossier accuses of involvement in Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“Even though the Dossier contained unverified allegations, Defendants recklessly placed it beyond their control and allowed it to fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy,” the suit claims.
In May, the same three Russian oligarchs filed suit in state court in New York against Left-wing news site Buzzfeed, which published the dossier in its entirety earlier this year. The site repeatedly noted that nothing in the dossier had been confirmed, but editor Ben Smith claimed that it was nevertheless important to publish what are baseless allegations because of some mystical ‘public’s right to know’ (that the dossier is fake…?).
That suit followed another one filed in February against Buzzfeed by Russian-tied tech firm XBT Holdings, a Cyprus-based company owned by Russian tech magnate Aleksej Gubarev.
The new suit accuses Fusion GPS and former Wall Street Journal reporter Simpson of circulating the dossier to journalists for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo, CNN and others. The reports were shared so broadly that they were all but certain to be published in some form, the suit alleges.
“Plaintiffs seek an award of compensatory and punitive damages for the harm to their personal and professional reputations, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities that resulted from the blatantly false and defamatory statements and implications about them published by the Defendants and republished by BuzzFeed and countless other media around the world,” the complaint says.
Carter Page, a former low-level Trump campaign associate acting as his own lawyer, has also filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against Yahoo News and HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post) through owner Oath Inc. His suit alleges that the two news outlets libeled him by repeating dossier accusations that he met two Kremlin figures in July 2016 and tried to negotiate an end to U.S. sanctions. He never did, he says.
The former British spy who compiled the dossier, Christopher Steele, has admitted it contains bogus information and has said he was upset that Buzzfeed published it.
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