That’s a hell of a headline, right? But that’s the only conclusion we can draw from Tuesday’s news coming out of BuzzFeed, the site that first released the details of the now-infamous “Steele Dossier” that purportedly dished on spy capers, money laundering, and yes, watersports.
If BF didn’t have the proof, they’d probably look pretty silly walking into the hearing that’s scheduled for them in Florida on Thursday.
BuzzFeed is being sued for libel by Aleksej Gubarev, a techno-geek who is greatly upset about the fact that the “Dossier” alleges that computer servers belonging to him were used in an attack on the Democratic National Committee’s servers here in the United States during the 2016 election season.
If that part of the dossier were proven true, it could mean the end of all business with America for Gubarev, who would almost certainly be added to the list of barred individuals prevented from interacting with America under the sanctions laid out in the Magnitskiy Act. So what’s a Russian technocrat to do? Sue the news site in order to “prove” the dossier’s claims are untrue.
But BuzzFeed has enlisted some top-level help, according to Foreign Policy: the man who coordinated the US response to Russian interference in the election in the first place, Anthony Ferrante.
And if Ferrante, who proved his own case at least enough to get additional sanctions levied against Moscow in retaliation for their election meddling, can also be successful in fleshing out the partially-unverified information provided to Fusion GPS by Christopher Steele, that means that very, very soon, we could all be simultaneously bleaching our eye sockets dry to the bone after being exposed to possibly the most horrifying sex tape any human could ever imagine.
BuzzFeed’s entire defense, in fact, rests on a pretty simple notion, outlined by a source close to the case:
If it’s fact, it’s not libel, that’s the idea.”
Be careful where you show that tape, fellas. Not just because it’s gross — it’s gonna come in handy when Trump’s lawsuit kicks in next.
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