Assange bets CBS owners $100k that WikiLeaks report is ‘fake news’
Assange lambasted the network on Twitter, calling them a “pathetic excuse for a media organization” after they published a story claiming WikiLeaks offered Donald Trump Jr. early access to leaked documents in September 2016.
NEW: Donald Trump Jr. received an email in September 2016 offering access to hacked Democratic party data. The email offered a decryption key and website address providing access through WikiLeaks for hacked the documents, CBS News confirms.— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 8, 2017
Assange called the story “fake news” and bet the majority owners of CBS, the Redstone family, $100,000 that the claim is false.
This is fake news, CBS, you pathetic excuse for a media organization. I challenge your controlling oligarchs, the Redstone family, to a $100k bet that "providing access through WikiLeaks" to our unpublished information is false. https://t.co/V9A0h4eakw— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) December 8, 2017
Broadcasters CBS and CNN ran the story claiming Trump Jr. and other members of the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump himself, were sent an email containing a website URL and decryption key that would allow them view unpublished WikiLeaks material in September 2016.
NBC national security "journalist" Ken Dilanian, independently "confirmed' the entirely bogus Trump decryption key story, joining the reputational wreckage of CNN & CBS. NBC is controlled by oligarch Brian L. Roberts.https://t.co/oxaGBKqaHt— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) December 8, 2017
Both news organizations first published stories claiming the emails were sent on September 4 – nine days before the emails were actually published on September 13 – but later corrected the date to September 14 after the Washington Post debunked the story.
CNN's initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect. We have updated our story to include the correct date, and present the proper context for the timing of email— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 8, 2017
CBS cited a source who they said received the email, while CNN claimed they were given the scoop from congressional investigators. CNN later published a correction, in lieu of a full retraction, to say the email sent to the Trump campaign “indicates that the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available.”
CNN still refuses to address the huge, glaring obvious question: how did "multiple sources" all innocently get the same date on the same email wrong? And how/why did this also happen to MSNBC? What's the explanation for that?? https://t.co/izlKdpeHbRpic.twitter.com/AsZaupZ3Ph— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 9, 2017
President Donald Trump launched his own attack against CNN via Twitter Saturday, calling for those responsible for the ‘fake news’ gaff to be fired, and making fun of the channel’s signature slogan “the most trusted name in news”, which he says is a possible “fraud” against the American public.
“There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!” Trump tweeted.
Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his “mistake”). Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017
CNN’S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public. There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017