BuzzFeed Releases Unverified ‘Intel’ With Lewd Allegations About Trump, Russia

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 4:36 am, January 11, 2017
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BuzzFeed has released a controversial, unverified document claiming that Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian officials who have threatened to blackmail him with compromising material collected by their intelligence services.

The report – which had been circulating among journalists and elected officials for months without going public – alleges that Trump has a close relationship with Russia due to compromising information they have on him.

One of the dossier’s most explosive claims is that the President-elect hired prostitutes to perform “golden shower” urination shows for him in the presidential suite at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow, where President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle had previously stayed.

Per the allegations, Trump was under surveillance by the Russian FSB, with microphones and cameras depicting the sex act.

The report, which dates from July 20 2016 to December 13 2016, suggests that Trump’s “unorthodox behavior” in Russia provided the country with embarrassing material (or “kompromat”) to use against him as blackmail.

The document goes on to claim that Trump’s team worked with Russian intelligence agents to exchange information.

It alleges that Russians, motivated by a fear of a Hillary Clinton administration, provided the Trump admin with information on her, while Trump’s team provided the Russians with information on Russian oligarchs and their families living in the United States.

The report also alleges that the Russian regime was behind the WikiLeaks email dump from the Democratic National Committee, which caused such havoc for Clinton’s campaign.

Since its release on BuzzFeed, numerous hoax reports sprouted on social media, some clearly intended as jokes, and others meant to discredit the original report and muddy the waters, such as the one below:

Donald Trump publicly responded to the report, declaring it “FAKE NEWS” on Twitter. He followed it up with a link to a website called LifeZette.

WikiLeaks also tweeted a statement, calling it “not an intelligence report.”

“Style, facts & dates show no credibility,” they wrote.

Elsewhere, users on 4chan claim they made the story up to fool the press.

They say they doctored the report and mailed it to Republican political strategist and Trump opponent Rick Wilson, who forwarded it around to journalists and politicians. An anonymous write-up was also posted on Pastebin detailing their narrative.

Following the claims by anonymous 4chan users, Wilson denied their version of events:

Wilson says that (presumably earlier versions of) the documents were circulated in August – several months before 4chan claims to have sent them. He also denied that he was BuzzFeed’s source for the document.

For now, the document remains unverified. We recommend treating it with huge serving of salt.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken entertainment critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.

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