WikiLeaks To Sue CNN For Defamation

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Moments ago, Wikileaks tweeted that as a result of a segment airing on CNN, the whiste-blowing organization announced it has "issued instructions to sue CNN for defamation."

Wikileaks was referring to a segment in which CNN had the ex-Deputy-Director of the CIA "falsely calling Assange a 'pedophile.'

As indication of the "plot line", Wikileaks provides a link to the following McClatchy article, which lays out "the strange tale of a dating site’s attacks on WikiLeaks founder Assange" which writes the following:

For an online dating site, toddandclare.com seems really good at cloak-and-dagger stuff. Disconnected phones. Mystery websites. Actions that ricochet around the globe.

 

But the attention grabber is the Houston-based company’s target: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, whose steady dumps of leaked emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have given supporters of Donald Trump the only cheering news of the last few weeks.

 

In some ways, toddandclare.com’s campaign against Assange is as revelatory as the leaked emails themselves, illustrating the powerful, sometimes unseen, forces that oppose WikiLeaks.

 

Whoever is behind the dating site has marshaled significant resources to target Assange, enough to gain entry into a United Nations body, operate in countries in Europe, North America and the Caribbean, conduct surveillance on Assange’s lawyer in London, obtain the fax number of Canada’s prime minister and seek to prod a police inquiry in the Bahamas.

 

And they’ve done it at a time when WikiLeaks has become a routine target of Democratic politicians who portray Assange as a stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his reported efforts to disrupt the U.S. election.

 

One part of toddandclare’s two-pronged campaign put a megaphone to unproven charges that Assange made contact with a young Canadian girl in the Bahamas through the internet with the intention of molesting her. The second part sought to entangle him in a plan to receive $1 million from the Russian government.

 

WikiLeaks claims the dating site is “a highly suspicious and likely fabricated” company. In turn, the company lashed out at Assange on Thursday and “his despicable activities against American national security,” and warned journalists to “check with your libel lawyers first before printing anything that could impact or endanger innocent people’s lives.”

 

So why are the parties to the melee coming out with both barrels blazing? That remains a mystery of the kind that might take a WikiLeaks-style document dump to suss out.

 

What is beyond dispute, though, is that the attacks on WikiLeaks rose as the group released a first batch of leaked Democratic National Committee emails in July, days before the party’s national convention, and again this month, as WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of emails from the account of John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.

 

The online company paints itself as all-American. Online material says its founders, Todd and Clare Hammond, “are an average American couple from Michigan, who met in the eighth grade.” In 2011, the company says, the Christian couple started an email dating service, and “have married 3,000 couples to date.” Their online network began in 2015, and a statement it filed to a U.N. body says it has “100,000+ female singles” in six countries.

 

The company’s operating address is a warehouse loading dock in Houston. Its mail goes to a Houston drop box. Its phone numbers no longer work. WikiLeaks says Texas officials tell it the entity is not registered there either under toddandclare.com or a parent company, T&C Network Solutions.

 

The person who responds to email sent to the company declined to identify himself or herself or answer further questions.

 

“We are not required to confirm the information you are requesting to anyone other than our government and tax authorities. So many people (and companies) have now been unfairly libeled by the wikileaks troll machine, we are being advised not to comment,” an unsigned email from the company to a McClatchy reporter said Thursday morning.

 

The people behind toddandclare.com persuaded a U.N. body known as the Global Compact to give it status as a participant in May, and it submitted an eight-page report to the U.N. group Oct. 4 carefully laying out its allegations against Assange. The firm was delisted by the U.N. body eight days later amid controversy over its claims.

 

An Australian lawyer, Melinda Taylor, said the report’s precise language raised additional suspicions at WikiLeaks, where she assists Assange in human rights litigation.

 

“This is not a report that’s been drafted by a dating agency. It’s highly legalistic and very structured. It’s the language of someone who has drafted complex legal submissions,” she said.

 

Under Todd Hammond’s name, the report alleged that Assange’s Swedish lawyer had reached out in June to offer Assange’s services on a campaign against rape in exchange for an undisclosed amount of bitcoin. It said the two sides held two videoconferences.

 

Then came the bombshell: It said the company had ended ties with Assange following “pedophile crimes” he had committed in the Bahamas in late September. It charged that the victim was the 8-year-old daughter of a Canadian couple on a monthlong yachting vacation. The father went to police in Nassau on Sept. 28, the report claimed, charging that his family held video and chat logs showing Assange “internet grooming” the child and “propositioning the 8-year-old juvenile ‘to perform oral and anal sex acts.’ ”

It said Assange, who has been in refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012, made a connection to the child’s 22-year-old sister, who was a client of the online dating site, gaining access

to the young girl.

 

An assistant commissioner for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Stephen Dean, said “there is no investigation” into any such incident and that the police have received no evidence that such an incident occurred.

Continue reading on McClathy.

Well, if WikiLeaks wasn't the most hated outlet by the mainstream media in general, and CNN in particular, it has just cemented this status should it indeed proceed with the lawsuit. It will be interesting tp see what internal CNN emails the discovery process reveals, should the lawsuit actually get to that stage.

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Manthong's picture

Research the psychiatric explanations of “projection”.

Looks like a Pizzagate Projection.

 

..and  "Fake News" of course.

 

LetThemEatRand's picture

They always seem to accuse their opponents of what they themselves did or are doing, so that makes sense.

AllTimeWhys's picture

CNN is gonna have to order a dozen more pizzas...

847328_3527's picture

Sueing these Fake news soros funded extremists is THE way to go. The dean of U of Virginia won her defamation suit against Rolling Stone for their blatant lies and hopefully this will become a trend since the major news outlets refuse to report honestly and accurately.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture

Awesome!

The only sad part is the lawyer scum will become even more wealthy off of the lawsuit, and lawsuit defense, business. Too bad there isn't a way that doesn't enrich lawyer scum (lawyer scum: see Kerry, Obama, Hillary, Reid, et al).

nope-1004's picture

The Clinton News Network is dying a painful death.  Nobody watches that shit anymore, let alone believe what they say.  I would like to donate to Wiki for this lawsuit.  My suggestion would be for them to tweet a public request.  CNN has lied, misled, falsified, and maligned viewers for years.  Time for that entity to enter the dustbin of society.

 

Freddie's picture

I never pimp videos but another ZH'er posted this the other day.

Day 53 - Where is Eric Braverman?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCTzFNrsKns&t=0s

It connects all the dots in detail using Wikileaks and other information on the Clinton Foundation, Soros, Operation Gladio, Nato, Syria, Libya, Epstein, Sid Blumental, Petreaus, Mike Morell-zio, Bengazi, Amb Stevens, McCain, and the rest.   These people are FAR worse then you ever imagined.  Pure evil.   And yeah - where is Eric Braverman.

I never say "watch this video" but you may want to.  It is all detailed and not tin foil hat.  This lays out evidence for a court case for treason and genocide.

PrayingMantis's picture

 

... CNN Host Dawn Lemon Drunk on Air ...

... "CNN host Don Lemon has an emotional meltdown live on the air New Years Eve. After taking shots of tequila, he gets his ear pierced and cries like a baby. Brooke Baldwin stopped him when he started unbuttoning his shirt to get his nipple pierced, and producers cut his mic when he started saying 2016 was “awful” and he wanted a boyfriend. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story."

>>> http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=91f_1483491156

 

Manthong's picture

You know, this whole thing seems to have Soros fingerprints all over it.

I wonder if Soros fingerprints are all over fresh pizzas, hot dogs and pasta too…….

 

Manthong's picture

“They always seem to accuse their opponents of what they themselves did or are doing, so that makes sense.”

Um, yeah… that is what I said… it is referred to as “projection”.

But since they accuse their opponents of what they themselves did or are doing … makes sense to me, too.

Especially because they always seem to accuse their opponents of what they themselves did or are doing.

OverTheHedge's picture

A recurrent theme of mine: paedophilia is the new witchcraft - point your finger and scream "paedophile!", and everyone will get behind you to pour abuse and vilification on the subject, without the need for evidence or other unnecessary nonsense. It would seem that not only do some agencies use this fact to try and destroy people, but the world is catching on. This might actually end up being a good thing, as demonstrable proof to the rank and file that the elite are vindictive, corrupt liars. It seems to be a pretty silly, transparently unfair move on their part (assuming Assange isn't actually a paedophile, operating an insecure grooming attempt whilst being kept prisoner in an embassy, with one would assume no privacy either physically or digitally - he would have to be pretty hard-core deviant to try anything under those circumstances).

847328_3527's picture

My guess is Soros likes the salty pizza with the salt source not exactly anchovies but other juice that tastes salty and smells like week old fish.

That's Soros' fav.

Mentaliusanything's picture

Certainly in Thailand they are!

 

Hapa's picture

Where's Eric Braverman?  It's now day 73.  Web site by George Webb:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T7o5BhARTY

29.5 hours's picture

CNN /Obama machinery, etc. know no shame. They think they can make the most absurd claims (Trump Agent of Putin!! Assange Pedophile!) and there will be no consequences. No consequences except the erosion of the Constitution which they clearly view as an obstacle anyway.

 

scraping_by's picture

One of the favorite buzzwords of the chattering classes is 'postfactual world'. Like it's a status symbol to invent the world you want and impose it on all us uneducated reality-based deplorables.

TwelveOhOne's picture

They have a lot of phrases that mean "we stopped thinking a while ago."

truthseeker47's picture

Go to the wikileaks website, it will show you how you can donate.

https://shop.wikileaks.org/donate

847328_3527's picture

Noble cause as is Judicial Watch.

Long-John-Silver's picture

If you really want CNN to go away dump your Cable TV Subscription and replace it with Internet Streaming. Cable TV is the Cash Cow that allows those money losing Propaganda outlets like CNN to continue operating. Internet Streaming is a fraction of the cost if anything at all and it's so much better than anything on Cable TV. Note: Cable TV includes Satellite Cable TV as well.

BarkingCat's picture

There is a way. It is very ancient form of Justice and no longer legal.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Breaking up Big Media is the way to go. Either through nationalizing them which republicans and democrats would refuse... or through Anti-Trust legislation.

But have to end lobbying before anything is possible.

Start with ending foreign lobbying.

Arnold's picture

Or force sale to the Beeb.

That will kill them.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

London 300 years ago had a better free press than America today.  There were something like 300 INDEPENDENT newspapers at that time.  Today we have what, 6 corporations???  Running all TV, radio, and 'news'?

Dr. Spin's picture

Ah yea, Penny Dreadful, half way through the series and loving it...

;-D

New_Meat's picture

Ring-fence the Bad-Beeb and the three letter networks.  Will kill 'em all ;-)

ne14truth's picture

I am not normally litigious.....but when I am I sue libs out of business...

Arnold's picture

And make them bake you a cake.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

Trump should put the powers of the US gov behind the investigation to expose CNN for the piece of shit puppets that they are. Sweet revenge, and he owes it to Assange for handing him the presidency on a silver platter.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Bankrupt them, then buy them for a song.

Maybe that's what Murdock wants.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

they are getting succulent hotdogs, pizza, and pasta flown in from chicago apparently. Bring your own handkercheif.

 

 

chunga's picture

I turned ZNN on for laughs this morning and they had a former cia expert on, named Phil Mudd I think, and he had the nerve to bring up pedophilia, specifically to call Assange one. Either he said it or the other expert with him named Weiss.

I could see sweat on his lip as he was avoiding the content of the leaks and insisting whoever gave the leaks to whoever gave it to Assange were Russian because everybody knows.

Kassandra's picture

I just checked the Google News aggregate, clicked on Assange under top stories on the left hand column.

A lot of articles about him and Wikileaks, but NO ONE is touching this CNN story with a 10 ft pole.

trulz4lulz's picture

Cheese and hot dog pizzas with walnut sauce...

sgt_doom's picture

Yup!

And it's as suspicious as the Swedish attorney, and former Swedish Justice Minister, Thomas Bodstrom, after bringing legal action against Assange for extradition --- EVEN THOUGH NO HUMAN HAD LODGED A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM IN SWEDEN --- next moves to . . . . Langley, Virginia!!!!!!

 

New_Meat's picture

"The Farm" is in horse country, but it won't be there either.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Yep, straight out of the Satanic/Internet Troll handbook.

If there is a criticism that really stings, and sticks, don't try to counter it.  Instead, be the first to use it against your opponents, going forward (e.g. internet shills calling others internet shills).

Omen IV's picture

the accusations are getting more and more extreme and easier to prove that the story line and sources are a fraud - the air of despiration is very heavy - The VT interference in the electrical grid charged to Russia -  came and went  - as people jumped on the story by the WP and the MSM backed off immediately

Now with multiple MSM on defense along with Intelligence Agencies that Brennan is putting on the front line for marginal opinions with DNC data that is not substantiated - these people are going absolutely crazy. flailing right and left from pillar to post.

resembles Jill Stein - scrambling from state to state until she ran out of gas.

Brennan is a strange dude - must be the core reason the Ukraine is a mess and Syria and nothing worked

 

I am amazed - never saw the USA Government this way before in my life

 

29.5 hours's picture

<<I am amazed - never saw the USA Government this way before in my life>>

As you say, another sign of their desperation. Their machinery to obscure their actions is breaking down.

This is good!

BennyBoy's picture

 

I go to CNN for all my fake pedophile news and other fake news.

CounterfeitNewsNetwork

scraping_by's picture

Faux News gave themselves an out by adding "and analysis." Corporate News Network boxed themselves in with claims of reality-based reporting.

seek's picture

There was a truly bizarre thing that went down just prior to the election involving a fake dating website called Todd and Clare (which had possible, though indirect, connections to Clinton) trying to set him up, and when he didn't fall for the bait, making unsubstantiated claims that he was a pedophile by filing false documents via a UN website to make it look like a UN investigation had taken place. Initially they tried to make it look like he was taking money from the Russians, and when that didn't work, they switched to the pedophila tactic.

Assange outed the whole thing. The people behind the site even provided a description of the interior of his attorney's house, adding to the weird threats.

Pedophila really seems to be a go-to accusation of theirs.

techpriest's picture

Is there any other universal evil left after defining near everything else as normal?

Darktarra's picture

Good luck Wiki!   Hopefully the CNN deposition will reveal more fake news. 

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

I said it before. We're coming to the end of the line. No doubt about it. You have the unstoppable force of the truth, the new media, the don, wikileaks, interalia heading towards the unmovable object of these fucking satanic parasite lying elite assholes. They won't go down without the mother of all fights.

 

It's going to be good. We start to worry ( and celebrate ) when the SJWs start getting eaten.

29.5 hours's picture

+1 for the use of "inter alia" in the same sentence as "fucking satanic parasite lying assholes."  Shows a flexible and adaptive education, Mr. Dirtlump!

 

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

like a sleeveless tuxedo. LMAO.

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

YES!!!  GO AFTER THOSE DOUBLEMOTHERFUCKERS CUNNING NEWS NETWORK PIECES OF SHIT!! 

nmewn's picture

Send lawyers, guns and money the CNN shit has hit the fan!