BuzzFeed Invokes Reporter’s Privilege to Shield Trump Dossier Source


Aleksej Gurbarev wants to know the identity of the source after learning BuzzFeed didn’t get the spy report from Fusion GPS.

On Monday, BuzzFeed told a Florida judge that it should not have to disclose the identity of the confidential source who gave the publication the infamous Trump Dossier.

BuzzFeed‘s publication in January of the Trump Dossier — a report prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele that detailed everything from President Donald Trump’s supposed romps with prostitutes to coordination with the Russians over the hacking of Democrats — has BuzzFeed facing a defamation lawsuit from Russian tech entrepreneur Aleksej Gurbarev.

Many people may have assumed that BuzzFeed got the Trump Dossier from Fusion GPS, which in 2016 conducted opposition research on Trump and hired Steele to investigate the then-candidate’s ties to Russia. But according to BuzzFeed‘s newest court brief, when Gurbarev’s attorney asked Fusion GPS’s counsel if Fusion was BuzzFeed‘s source, the answer was no. – READ MORE

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