[1/11/17] BuzzFeed is being widely criticized by reporters for its decision on Tuesday to publish an unsubstantiated 35-page dossier alleging that the Russian government is blackmailing Donald Trump with dirt on illicit sexual and financial activities.
BuzzFeed published the document just after CNN broke a story that Trump and President Obama were briefed by U.S. intelligence officials last week that Russian operatives claim to have damaging personal and financial information about the president-elect.
BuzzFeed’s document is a 35-page report compiled by a former British spy who was hired by Trump’s political opponents during the presidential campaign. The document, which has floated around Beltway reporter circles for months, states, among other things, that Trump engaged in kinky sex acts with Russian prostitutes while visiting Moscow.
Other outlets who have seen the document chose not to publish it, largely because the claims laid out in it could not be independently verified. But BuzzFeed defended the decision to publish “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”