Buzzfeed Being Sued For Defamation Over Unproven Trump Dossier (VIDEO)
Buzzfeed is being sued for defamation regarding Russian interference in U.S. election.
Aleksei Gubarev, a Cyprus-based businessman, is suing the tacky “news” and media outlet Buzzfeed for defamation in regards to their publishing of “an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities involving Russia,” along with allegations of Russian interference in the recent U.S. election.
Gubarev alleges that his companies, as well as himself, were linked without validity in the dossier to the Russian hacking of Democratic Party figures. The damages Gubarev is seeking from Buzzfeed and Ben Smith, their top editor, is currently unspecified.
The most recent filing by Gubarev’s attorneys on Monday appeared to mock Buzzfeed’s editorial style by titling the document this way:
“Six Ways Buzzfeed Has Misled The Court (Number Two Will Amaze You) … And A Picture Of A Kitten.”
The 35-page dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, was circulating among multiple news outlets during the 2016 election. It contains unproven allegations of coordination between Trump’s advisers and Russians on hacking the emails of prominent Democrats and makes unverified claims about sexual activities.
The “Six Ways” the plaintiff and his team says Buzzfeed and Ben Smith misled the court are all rock-solid and pose an uphill battle for Buzzfeed:
- The Defamatory Article – Titled: “These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russia” (three writers worked on the piece, Ken Bensinger, Miriam Elder, and Mark Schoofs . . . it takes a village).
- Defendants Have Misrepresented Webzilla’s Connections to Florida
- Defendants Have Radically Misrepresented Their Own Connections to Florida – “Given the breadth and depth of the Defendants’ connections with Florida, these statements are nothing short of remarkable.”
- Defendants Have Misrepresented the Connection Between This Action and Florida
The plaintiff and his team close with two arguments:
- This Court Clearly Has Personal Jurisdiction Over the Defendants
- Defendants Have Misrepresented the Outcome of a Transfer Analysis
Another absolutely ridiculous claim the dossier put forward alleged that Gubarev and his two companies XBT Holdings and Webzilla Inc.:
In one paragraph, the dossier claims that Gubarev and his companies, XBT Holdings and Webzilla Inc., “had been using botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership” at the behest of Russian entities, according to court documents filed by his lawyers.
The case is currently pending before a Miami U.S. District Judge.
By the way, here’s that Trump picture: