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CNN Retracts their Own “Fake News” as Americans Label them Least Trusted Cable News Network

He’s been called a criminal, a traitor, a rapist, and just recently, someone to whom no credibility should be given, called him a pedophile, and he throws the gloves off and goes bare-knuckle brawl beast mode. Journalist Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is a hero to some but a villain to others.

It all started on Wednesday, when CNN’s New Day, aired a segment wherein former ex-Deputy Director of the CIA, Phil Mudd called Assange a “pedophile.” Apparently so repulsed by the despicable name calling, Assange declared war against the news network, saying he’d sue them if they didn’t take action to rectify the perceived mischaracterization. Wikileaks tweeted, just hours after Mudd’s comments, “We have issued instructions to sue CNN for defamation…Unless within 48h they air a one hour expose of the plot,” supposedly against Assange.

It didn’t take long for CNN to issue a retraction. The cable news network apologized to Assange in a tweet and removed the tweet containing the offensive comments made by Mudd. The CNN New Day statement reads, “An analyst on our air earlier today asserted that Julian Assange was a pedophile, and regrets saying it,” and continues saying, “In fact, CNN has no evidence to support that assertion.”

But apparently not content with issuing an apology, CNN waded into more controversy by bringing up the fact the Swedish government is currently seeking to extradite the journalist. CNN wrote, “Assange is currently wanted for extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations there, and no evidence suggests that the women involved were minors.” The statement concludes with, “We regret the error.”

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It’s unclear if the seemingly tongue in cheek apology from CNN will suffice, and abate Assange’s anger, but the controversy, the threat of a lawsuit, and the apology was just a small victory for the publisher who endured a multi-sided attack on his organization, his character, and his credibility. In the latest, and some could say bizarre, congressional hearing on Russia’s involvement in alleged presidential election hacking and production of “fake news,” Senator John McCain (R-AZ), prodded James Clapper (Director of National Intelligence), and Admiral Michael Rogers (Dir. National Security Agency) to agree with him. McCain asked, “Do you think that there’s any credibility that we should attach to this individual (Assange) given his record of (putting American soldiers at risk by publishing intelligence operatives’ names)…,” to which Clapper responded, “Not in my view.” And to which Admiral Rogers chimed in, “I second those comments,” giving his nod to the assertion Assange threatened American servicemen and women by publishing their identities and activities.

The Wikileaks task force responded to McCain’s, Clapper’s and Rogers’ assertion that the published documents had harmed American servicemen or women. They tweeted a link to The Guardian’s article titled, “Bradley Manning leak did not result in deaths by enemy forces, court hears.”

The article, written by Ed Pilkington, who covered Chelsea Manning’s sentencing at Fort Meade during her court martial, wrote, “that no instances were ever found of any individual killed by enemy forces as a result of having been named in the releases. Brigadier general Robert Carr, a senior counter-intelligence officer who headed the Information Review Task Force that investigated the impact of WikiLeaks disclosures on behalf of the Defense Department, told a court at Fort Meade, Maryland, that they had uncovered no specific examples of anyone who had lost his or her life in reprisals that followed the publication of the disclosures on the internet. ‘I don’t have a specific example,’ he said.”

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Manning leaked the 700,000 classified documents to Wikileaks, which upon verification, published the leaked documents. According to the NY Times, “The materials that Private Manning gave to WikiLeaks included a video taken during an American helicopter attack in Baghdad in 2007 in which civilians were killed, including two journalists. He also gave WikiLeaks some 250,000 diplomatic cables, dossiers of detainees being imprisoned without trial at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and hundreds of thousands of incident reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” It was those documents to which McCain, Clapper, and Rogers were referring, but it was their soldier who turned over classified documents to Wikileaks. Manning was court-martialed and sentenced to 35 years in prison and has 32 years remaining.

The dog and pony show of hearings on Capitol Hill, headlined several important and powerful figures in Washington, alleging very serious crimes the Russians had hacked the presidential election of 2016. However, yet again, the American people were not offered one shred of evidence to support such accusations.

For Trump supporters, the hearings were seen by many as a way to de-legitimatize Trump’s landslide election as the next POTUS. For Clinton supporters, the declarations by the president, key congressional leaders, and the director of National Intelligence, was seen by many as vindication for her loss to Trump. For free thinkers everywhere, the full-on military parade of sorts is seen as a carefully coordinated distraction and retaliation for Russia’s cooperation with Syria to defeat ISIS, and so-called “moderate rebels” in Syria.

The world still has not seen one iota of evidence that the Russians have hacked the political system of the United States, but there’s plenty of evidence to demonstrate the United States, as well as outgoing president Barack H. Obama, have meddled in countless elections and governments around the world, including but not limited to Honduras, Guatemala, Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Israel, Indonesia and guess who, Russia.

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Our advice to the U.S., if you don’t like having your political chains yanked, stop doing it to the rest of the world. Adding insult to injury, MSNBC journalist John Harwood created a Twitter poll, asking users who they trust more, Wikileaks, or the U.S. Intel Officials. According to the unofficial poll, 83 percent of Americans trust Wikileaks over their own U.S. Intelligence Community. Good work guys! You’re subversive, SPYING ON ALL AMERICANS has earned you last place in trust, behind a man who’s not even an American.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    CIA are nothing short of malicious mendacious dodecahedron’s. Assange’s accuser’s name needs to be ‘muddied’.

    • Michael Saenz

      I’m not sure what those big words mean but I second that motion.

      • gendotte

        So glad to see how many people support our sworn enemies.

        • JerseyJoe

          The Cold War ended 27 years ago. The Russians are no longer our “sworn enemies.” The only enemies the American people have now are politicians like Obummer, the Clintons, and anyone else that’s is willing to sell us out for their own personal and/or political gain. Stop being a sheep.

          • Michael Saenz

            EXACTLY! Gendotte go crawl back under that rock you came out from under. Do us all a favor.

          • David in Israel

            It’s worse than you even think. We Jews here in Israel have phone apps, government-issued, that track all of your locations, provide all your personal info & even your geneology. So we know which ones of you, David, are alcoholoic girlfriend batterers and which of you, Mike & Bill are just porn-addicts. Oh & BTW, we don’t need your cellphones to track you. Our full name is spelled, ISRAEL. Am Yisrael Chai!

          • Michael Saenz

            How clever! David is, a Jew name.

          • cjdoren

            So you have fallen in love with the KGB? Once KGB, ALWAYS KGB. So why are you kissing the behinds of KGB?

          • JerseyJoe

            You’re part of the problem as well. I’m not going to argue with a moron. I won’t win, and no one would would be able to tell the difference.

          • junktex

            KGBis no more.Now we have the cia/Mossad.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Spot on.

          • junktex

            Oh there is a foreign country that interferes mightily in our govt but it isn’t Russia

          • Alienate

            Starts with I? Ends with L?

          • junktex

            And there is no outcry from the sheeple.

          • Steve

            Jersey, this whole ‘sworn enemy’ is simply a disinformation campaign. Just ignore.

          • Dale Davidson

            Do you mean the orange clown?

        • David Daisy May Boldock

          Putin can do a lot of good for the US, and vice versa now that you have a free thinking rational President about to take up office. That could never be achieved with the Muslim fakir Obamination and his dilatory asinine sidekick Kerry. He is leaps and bounds above them and they hate it.

          • Shane Farmer

            Apparently you haven’t followed his twitter if you think he’s rational.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Twitter is purely for twits, and the allegations of locker room talk most have done that, including the women.

          • Shane Farmer

            I’m talking about Trump’s Twitter account. Not sure what you are going on about…?

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            I was rambling but that seems to be understood well on these platforms.

          • Michael Saenz

            Then why do you?

          • Shane Farmer

            I don’t. It’s all over the internet.

          • Michael Saenz

            Then don’t read it.

          • Shane Farmer

            Are you too dense to understand the conversation? My comment was about him being rational. If you read Trumps Twitter, his posts are far from rational most of the time. That’s all I was saying. How can I not read them when I see them posted all over the internet and not just Twitter. I find them amusing, actually. If you don’t have anything useful to add, then why respond?

          • Michael Saenz

            You’re too dense dude. Getting your panties in a bunch about a man
            You know nothing about because you don’t like what he has to say
            On Twitter then don’t read it stupid ass ignore it geez!

          • Shane Farmer

            AGAIN, I didn’t say I didn’t like. I think they’re funny. Just that the person who is President of the United States should be able to hold his tongue and not lash out at people that don’t like his restaurant or an actress because she is critical of a policy of his. It’s not professional and just makes him look small, along with his hands. Why don’t you ignore me? You know nothing about me….

          • Michael Saenz

            You’re inferences regarding his Twitter comments were anything but
            Flattering. And that’s what I get tired of. People making off hand comments about someone they don’t even know, I knew him, worked for him and passed him all the time in the building. He always said hello and
            I am inspired by that, not by some out of touch Hollywood actress
            Surrounded by an entourage and security detail who couldn’t
            Give two shits about you or I, and yes I’m referring to Merryll
            Streep and all of the rest of those weirdos in Hollywood. The
            President may not be a polished and rehearsed politician, but
            Guess what, he actually loves his country and so do I. I know
            I fought to defend it, and he worked to improve it.

          • Art of Conversation

            Calling Trump free-thinking and rational automatically negates anything you say in the future.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Let’s see after he put’s America back on track. For the last 8 years it has gone that far downhill care of the Muslim fakir that the country has lost all credibility in the world, to the point of being a laughing stock.

          • Michael Saenz

            You obviously go by your own set of rules.

        • James Dickerson

          Most of our “sworn enemies” are the douchebags in politics (John McCain, yeah I’m looking at you faggot. Obama, thanks for being literally the worst president we’ve ever had, I expected better, and then tried to push that cunt Hillary Clinton on us… smh) and the talking-head media pussies warping the minds of the people and spreading propaganda like it’s candy on halloween. There’s a reason military members take an oath to defend the constitution from enemies foreign AND domestic. People keep forgetting that domestic part. There’s way more of the domestic than there’s ever been of the foreign. Unfortunately, if the military were actually “defending our freedoms” they’d be storming the white house and not peasant countries in the third world. Most of them don’t know much about actual politics. They just think they’re being brave badasses. And I say that as a veteran.

  • Phil Freeman

    Assange = hero!

    • Michael Saenz

      Agreed 100% !

    • cjdoren

      rotflmbo yeah, right. The thin skinned piece of dog doo doo

      • Phil Freeman

        When is the drag show?

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      • Phil Freeman

        Is that a red biohazard bag you’re wearing?

    • Jamie Hall

      Let’s not forget to give props to the informant serving a 35 year sentence for providing the source material that made it possible for WikiLeaks to even exist.

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  • Michael Saenz

    The establishment democrats and republicans have their backs against the wall. They don’t know what to do. Things were cozy for a while and they made a lot of
    Money but, now we have a c.e.o. of a multi billion dollar company with a track
    Record of cost control and a take no prisoners attitude. The status quo is
    Doomed. So if there are any of you out there still stuck on the two party
    System, your wasting your time that system is about to be turned on its head
    And thrown out the window. The two party system is dead, it had to die to
    Save our country, and this c.e.o. is gonna kill it

    • gendotte

      the ceo is a figurehead. You should worry more about his 1860 era Veep.

      • Michael Saenz

        Obviously you’re not aware of what ceo’s do now. Work much?
        They come in and clean house . It’s been that way for a long long time.
        And this is much needed as both parties need to go. It’s time for some
        New players.

        • CEO’s also ship American jobs to cheap labor nations and replace hard workers with automation.

          But hey, they get their golden parachutes even when the Fuck up the economy like they did in 2008.

          • Michael Saenz

            In case you were sleeping, it was your own government that made multinational corporations and their ceo’s what they are today.
            Job shipping, profit taking, tax evading, soulless entities. The
            Potus is not interested in that as he is the principle of his
            Corporation ( for those of you from Rio Linda that’s an owner)
            And c.e.o. As well. Not just a c.e.o. As you refer to, so his
            Company, is his golden parachute. Oh and by the way he creates
            Jobs in every country he builds in. Sustainable jobs! I should know
            I worked for him.

          • Are you certain about that? Or is it possible that the wealthy made the US government exactly what it is today?

            You are the perfect example of one that is:

            Owned & Operated
            https://youtu.be/njSV5LtVmR4

          • Michael Saenz

            I am quite certain. The wealthy can buy power and influence
            In any country and do so quite routinely. You’re government is
            for sale to the highest bidder so it’s not so much the wealthy,
            as foreign countries curry favor of your elected officials as well.
            So with a resounding NO, you are incorrect! The current political
            structure is and has always been headed in the direction of
            corruption, and it’s time to drain the swamp!

          • James Dickerson

            lol… TZM_TVP_RBE TICK TACK WALLA WALLA DING BAT or whatever you call yourself… you’re the very definition of a dimwit. You should stop talking to people. Or just stop talking. Or stop breathing. Whichever. The world will thank you for it.

    • Steve

      We could only hope, Michael. Even a 10% cleaning would be beneficial.
      I knew this was a good thing as soon as both the left and right started to complain.

  • CNN is full of bull$hit.

  • cjdoren

    Assange is just as thin skinned as Trump.

  • Michael ONeal

    What has happened CNN? I definitely want to hear all sides of an argument but I finally had to remove CNN from news sources because their lies and unfounded innuendos totally obscured any value.

    CNN is not trying to inform me, they are trying to sell me Dick Cheney in Drag.

    • Steve

      They have turned into Fox News. I have found it really funny. The 180 degree swing. None of these people even realize they are doing it. Acting just as crazy as the people they used to make fun of. Krugman, Robert Reich have turned into Rush Limbaugh. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad. The shoe is officially on the other foot.

      • Michael Saenz

        You are right the clinton news network ( for all of you from Rio Linda
        That’s C.N.N.), does sound like fox and vice versa. Kind of like the
        Bipartisan co-mingling going on in washington now. They’re circling
        The wagons in washington, everybody hates trump, I wonder why?

    • Alain Nallana

      Cheney is a dildo passing himself off as a Dick!

  • stthomas69

    I don’t see the point of any of this yapping from all sides, fake news this, fake news that. Who ever thought of oppion pieces as news anyway? This article for an example, bunch bla bla bla…… just like democrats and the Reps…….. just like Trump, all just people going bla bla bla…..

    • MrRottenTreats

      You are the only person on this site who is speaking sense.

  • roddie1111

    American supremacy is just as poisonous as jewish supremacy. Wake up! You’re brainwashed. Wikileaks hasn’t touched israel in 8 years, and the stuff published before then, was fluff. That has to be looked into. Do your homework, always. Please visit my page for a little truth : https://www.facebook.com/InsaneWorldRunByInsanePeople/ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/25c61fb352a7a19f4bca3f68aa368da1529be05f8c02ff362b61d3a9145e6e87.jpg

  • Art of Conversation

    They say there’s no credibility that should be given to him, and their reasoning is that his leaks are accurate enough that they endangered US operatives.

    What?

  • Gina de Miranda

    I don’t dispute that the Russian story is bogus, but claiming that Trump won in a “landslide” given the turnout and other factors is ALSO BOGUS. You are undermining your credibility by echoing these grandiose and untrue assertions by the President Elect.

    • Michael Saenz

      He did win though…………

  • The video Wikileaks released of the helicopter attack on journalists is just a small sample of the war crimes committed by US troops in war zones. I have read too many articles and seen too many videos for this to just be considered rare events by some psychopaths.

    Thank you Wikileaks and Julian for your hard work and keep up the good job!

  • Eric Bolt

    Joe Citizen, you would be shocked to know terrorist, inside these Agency’s, hide from you behind the TV Screen-! the News Networks have been criminal since the beginning-! think of Pearl Harbor, still no truth like 9/11-! done by the very same terrorist -! Kabbalah terrorist, hide here free to manipulate others, like inside the Federal gov Military for criminal treasonous Profits against you Joe Citizen.

  • Jamie Hall

    His (the slanderer’s) name is “Mudd”. Enough said.

  • Dominic Salvatore

    When did Trump win an election by a landslide?!?!

  • Cyber_Donkey

    WE aren’t doing it to the rest of the world. Our damn lying government is! And we hate them for it.

  • Layni Shepherd

    This article is complete horse shit.. Firstly Phil Mudd has nothing to do with CNN and the threat of a law suit against CNN for something that a contributor makes, is groundless and would have no merit nor standing. CNN would not be held liable for the rantings of a person in an interview, the publisher CNN would only issue any apology as a matter of public decency. You may not like CNN as a news source, then again you may not getting a kick in the teeth either, however CNN is a much more trusted news agency and for you to suggest otherwise is highly inaccurate. Assange is however still wanted for sexual assault and CNN did not say they were minors… if CNN wanted to be egregious, they would have let the lawsuit stand, Assange could not pursue it without coming out of the Embassy. I hardly think the British government would allow, or the American Judicial system allow a private law suit to go ahead via a remote Camera… in essence this entire article is complete horse shit…