UPDATE: CNN apologizes to Assange
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— New Day (@NewDay) January 4, 2017
Wikileaks says it will sue CNN because one of the network’s guest commentators called Julian Assange a “pedophile who lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.”
Former CIA counterterrorism official Phil Mudd used the term on CNN Wednesday morning while challenging Assange’s claims that the Russians were not involved in the hack of the Democratic National Committee. Assange had a high-profile interview with yesterday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity talking about the hacks.
Wikileaks says it will sue in 48 hours unless CNN runs an hour-long expose on a story about a dating site’s attack on Assange. The story, published in McClatchy DC, explains how an online dating site toddandclare.com was used to try frame Assange as both a pedophile and a Russian spy.
Wikileaks says the dating site offered $1 million if Assange would appear in one of its advertisements. According to Wikileaks, the dating side said the money was being paid by the Russians.
When Assange declined, toddandclare filed a complaint against him with the UN, claiming he had sent an 8-year-old Canadian girl in the Bahamas pornography through their data service. Toddandclare allege the girls father came to them with the complaint.