"We Regret The Error": CNN Apologizes To Assange For Pedophilia Accusation, Issues Retraction

Tyler Durden's picture

It didn't take much for CNN to fold after Wikileaks threatened to sue it for defamation.

As reported on Wednesday, the whistleblowing organization threatened to sue CNN after the biased, pro-Clinton news organization aired an interview with Phil Mudd, in which the paid analyst and ex-Deputy-Director of the CIA called Julian Assange a pedophile. CNN’s counterterrorism "analyst" made the on-air statement on Wednesday while discussing WikiLeaks. Mudd boldly declared that “there's an effort to protect WikiLeaks (and) a pedophile who lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.”

Shortly after the lawsuit threat, CNN promptly apologized for the segment and conceded that “CNN has no evidence to support that assertion."

Unwilling to be subject to discovery proceedings, and further accusations of spreading "fake news", CNN said that it "regretted the error" made by its guest: “Assange is currently wanted for extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations there, and no evidence suggests that the women involved were minors. We regret the error,” it read.

CNN also issued a retraction by deleting the tweet which included the original video clip. The retraction was posted to their New Day Twitter account.

The only known accusations of pedophilia against Assange stem from a strange dating website that claims to be a former UN Global Compact member based in Houston, but which has since been delisted by the UN. The website made claims in October that Assange had sent pornographic material to an 8-year-old Canadian girl living in the Bahamas.

However, there was no report of the crime by the family and Stephen Dean, assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahama Police Force, told McClatchy DC, “We got a phone call of someone giving us some information. But we never had a face-to-face. It could have been a hoax.”

And now back to CNN accusing others of spreading "fake news."

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froze25's picture

Why don't they talk about CNNs buddy, known Pedophile aND top level DNC leader John Podesta? 

auricle's picture

Zero integrity in our intelligence agencies. 

beemasters's picture

I hope Wikileaks will sue for defamation anyway now that there's an official admittance of guilt. There'd be many good lawyers who would work on high profile cases like this.

You can't let them get away with it. With only very few that get called out, much more have never been corrected.

J S Bach's picture

Yeah... sure they regret it.  They just throw fake news shit like that out there at people hoping it will stick in the subconscious of the sheep.  To honorable people, pedophelia is not a joke... not just another "lifestyle choice".  Maybe at CNN it is.

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) J S Bach Jan 7, 2017 4:58 PM

Assange is another major proponent of the Bitcoin network.

Do you know what really pisses off Zerohedge readers about Bitcoin? It's them seeing that lots of other people *are* getting rich speculating in Bitcoin! And according to their simple minds, this is "wrong" because they believe nothing should come easy to you without "sacrifice".

Of course anyone who actually read von Mises understands that this is the very essence of "human action", praxaeology and capitalism. Man manipulating his environment causing change to benefit himself. We are leveraging those of you who "don't get it" and having a helluva great time doing it too!

NoPension's picture

Just logged in to say.....fuck CNN.

Manthong's picture

We regret insinuating that you have sex with barnyard animals, that your mother runs a house of ill repute and that your father cooks up meth in the back yard.

Outside of this single unfortunate occurrence, we try at all times to adhere to the highest standards of journalistic integrity, to vet our sources thoroughly and to present the most objective view of current issues.

 :-D   LOL”

Signed: CNN


Pinch's picture

Tramp does not want to bang Ivanka ... that is fake news.

Four chan's picture

main stream media is a bag of shit, and cnn is the shit inside the bag of shit.

Paul E. Math's picture

What do Assange's charges in Sweden have to do with their pedophilia slander?

What I mean is: CNN has to say "He's not a pedophile" but why do they also have to slip in "but he is being charged in Sweden for sexual assault"?

They don't, they just threw that in as a cheap excuse to malign Assange.

surfer4444's picture

My sentiments exactly.  Such garbage...

GreatUncle's picture

During the election Assange who has been accused but not charged with sexual assualt by a woman with very strong globalist links in the Swedish legal system whas intervied in the Ecuadorian embassy.

What happened on that?

Arnold's picture

Podestra, Brock and Alefantis have set queer progress back a hundred years.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture


No effin' way.




You apologize for accidents. This was no accident.

Who gets fired, CNN?


Lyman54's picture

Queer progress?  I suppose pedophelia is considered progress now with the SJW's.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



CNN flails about........glutching at anything in their mad decent.


Fingertips scratching and breaking in the dirt......and as they fall of the ledge.......silence.

Slomotrainwreck's picture

Ok, Let's get this off my mind. I "apologize" for slamming some drunk in the face. Now please rip up the court summons. I feel bad for myself.

whatamaroon's picture

Going down by Jeff Beck;




I just played this because you post so much and others:

Disclaimer I am too old to learn this shit about blockchain, just fucking wit chall.

CheapBastard's picture

Damage is already done; you cannot undo the damage. They still owe the victim of their defamation several millions imo.

Canary Paint's picture

Yeah... A retraction won't stop some percentage of people citing Assange as a pedophile to smugly discount the implications of Wikileaks material for the next 10 years.

peddling-fiction's picture

Thanks CNN, we noticed how you used the fake rape charges on Assange to rub more dirt on him, while retracting your pedofilia claims. Dont you have some Pizza party investigating to do? Maybe right at home?

Bastiat's picture

Sweden has some ridiculous definitions of rape--I read somewhere that it is rape there if you obtain consent based on misrepresentation.  Like "Yeah, of course this is my Porsche". 

peddling-fiction's picture

Forward Soviet and Zio-feminism

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

note too the 'apology' was less than Wikileaks demanded one hour special - so they may yet sue - especially on the mealy mouthed swedish rehash 'apology'

Madcow Kaczynski's picture

Thanks for spelling "the" correctly.

Maybe is was just a typo haha.

Decentralized, deflationary currency is our knight in shining armor.

Yes I hold metal, including lead, because it is money.

But good currency flows without obstruction, and crypto is just that. 

ZH commentators, please understand this:

You can't shut down the fucking internet, it doesn't work like that.

There are servers everywhere, and if they try, their jig is up, they know this and it makes them shit in their fucking depends.

I can get on a plane with a private key, memorized or not, with a pile of scratch that would buy a small country.

Can't do that with metal.

Keep hammering the skulls and stack it all my ninjas.

wolf pup's picture

Exactly. Even the retraction is a dog whistle.
This occurs daily in our Slanted and Fake News MSM.
Just another disinformation tool. Post; retract. Now it's out there, whatever they're selling at the moment.


nope-1004's picture

Clueless News Network is the real definition of Fake News.

Akzed's picture

Wikileaks originally asked for an hour long on air apology and retraction, I hope that's still in force.

SoDamnMad's picture


The Patriot - Tomahawk Scene

Julian Assange is the man tied to the wago.  CNN crew are the British soldiers. J S Bach is  Mel Gibson.  The last guy with the knife at Julian's throat is Wolf Blitzer.  Wolf gets such a headache.

sun tzu's picture

Now we're supposed to trust the CIA when it makes accusations against Russia. 

WillyGroper's picture

looks like that dentist chair wasn't only for the "marathon man."


the evil they perpetuate is beyond measure.

Got The Wrong No's picture

My heart weeps. The evil is this world never ceases to amaze me. I pray there is a Hell 

logicalman's picture

When I look around sometimes, I think I am in Hell.

Then I go out in the woods and it all goes away.

Unfortunately it's only temporary, but it helps.

NotBuyingIt's picture

The CIA and FBI can't even pretend to have integrity anymore. They are both HitlerCunt's and Oblowboy's Disrupt and Diffuse (D & D) strong men. They truly no longer have any legitimate purpose in our government anymore. They both need to be disbanded. Immediately! And no threats from Chuck the Fuck Schumer or his band of idiots should deter President Trump from doing so. In fact, I hope these threats embolden him. Believe me, he knows.

BabaLooey's picture

I like the cut of your jib sir. Well smote!

HowdyDoody's picture

Zero intelligence in our intelligence agencies.


GreatUncle's picture

Which one is the true statement and which one is the false?

0% confidence in intelligence services doing the best for those people they purport to represent - Hint MI5,MI6 and all the rest.

100% confindend in intelligence services doing the best to protect the globalists.

50/50 split be nice, at least work for us some of the time like arrest one or two off all the criminals running the show seeing as taxpayers pay your fucking wages.

No? Disband, get rid fuck em of, why pay for 0% when that should be fucking free!


onthesquare's picture

CNN, you ignorant slut!

espirit's picture

Why can't the 'Certainly Not News' headline proven pedophilia in the top ranks of the DNC?

Deaf, Dumb, Blind.

Arnold's picture

Because in the same breath,

David Brock would have to be uttered.

Akzed's picture

You mean Karl Rove's creature?

migra's picture

The Clinton News Network is the ultimate in FAKE NEWS.

migra's picture

The Clinton News Network is the ultimate in FAKE NEWS.

Ilmarinen's picture

"Sorry we were called out on it, not sorry we said it"

two hoots's picture

Once a word leaves the lips or keyboard/pad it cannot be retrieved?

Vageling's picture

That's exactly what they are saying. They got their frame. Planted the seed. CNN being CNN, they'll never change. Looks like an schoolyard. Buncha spoiled brats trying to be popular. Thinking the adults don't see what is going on here.

Ilmarinen's picture

"Change or die" applies here - the days of CNN and their ilk appear to be numbered.  As the 88% believe Wikileaks vs 17 "intelligence" agencies poll shows, people are seeing right through this nonsense.