The venerable newspaper The Washington Post published many stories regarding alleged collusion between former United States President Donald Trump and Russia. Arrests by a special prosecutor have cast further doubts on the infamous “Steele dossier” that helped launch a baseless FBI investigation into Trump’s campaign.
The Washington Post did not publish new front-page articles to set the record straight. Instead, it appears they are going back and re-writing articles that included claims that the Steele dossier’s “Source D” is Belarusian-American businessman Sergei Millian.
“The newspaper’s executive editor, Sally Buzbee, said The Post could no longer stand by the accuracy of those elements of the story,” The Post reported in a separate story about changes it made to stories published in March 2017 and February 2019.
“The story’s headline was amended, sections identifying Millian as the source were removed, and an accompanying video summarizing the article was eliminated. An editor’s note explaining the changes was added. Other stories that made the same assertion were corrected as well.”
No mention was made about other stories published by the Washington paper, such as fact-checker Devin Nunes awarding four Pinocchios in February 2018 to a claim of Democrats covering up that Hillary Clinton colluded with the Russians to get dirt on Trump to feed it to the FBI to start an investigation.
The Post did note, however, that their decision to edit and repost those articles is highly unusual in the news industry, but they may have felt they had little choice after federal authorities arrested and charged a key source of Steele’s dossier, Igor Danchenko, with lying to the FBI.
Special Counsel John Durham was appointed by then-President Trump to investigate the F.B.I.’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian agents. Much of the so-called evidence used to justify “Crossfire Hurricane” came from information included in the baseless Steele dossier.
“The June 15, 2017, false statement count alleges that Danchenko denied that he had spoken with a particular individual about material information contained in one of the Company Reports when he knew that was untrue,” Durham’s office said.
“The March 16, 2017, May 18, 2017, Oct. 24, 2017, and Nov. 16, 2017, counts involve statements made by Danchenko on those dates to FBI agents regarding information he purportedly had received from an anonymous caller who he believed to be a particular individual, when in truth and in fact he knew that was untrue,” Durham stated. “The information purportedly conveyed by the anonymous caller included the allegation that there were communications ongoing between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and that the caller had indicated the Kremlin might be of help in getting Trump elected.”
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