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Top ten false or fabricated stories appearing in the press about WikiLeaks
1. Guardian front page fabrication claiming that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had "secret meetings " with Julian Assange. The fabrication included dates (2013, 2015, 2016) and Manafort's clothing on the alleged visits ("sandy coloured chinos")…
2. Tipple false leak from CNN, NBC, CBS which falsely claimed Trump Jr received information from WikiLeaks ahead of publication. In fact, once the original doc appeared it proved that it was not from WikiLeaks and that it was not prior to publication.
3. Newsweek falsely stated during the US election that WikiLeaks' emails had been modified. Academic study revealed that this false claim was the #1 fake news during the election. Newsweek was sued. Article deleted and settlement paid.
4. AP falsely claimed that Assange "hacked politicians around the world". Correction issued:
5. Guardian falsely claimed a "Russian plot" to "smuggle" Julian Assange out of embassy ;
6. El Pais falsely claimed Assange & Russia behind Catalan referendum. WikiLeaks called for editor to be fired. Editor fired.
7. Pervasive false claims of "17 intelligence agencies"
8. Guardian falsely claimed of relationship between Assange and Russia. Retracted:
9. NPR falsely claimed that WikiLeaks posted inauthentic #Macronleaks; Other press falsely claimed French found Russia behind leaks [in fact, French government formally stated they could not attribute]…
10. Shortly after WikiLeaks publication of DNC emails, New York Times falsely claimed that WikiLeaks published millions of female Turkish voting record, which was spread widely seemingly to discredit the DNC publication by proxy. WikiLeaks didn't publish them. Another site did.
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