The Associated Press (AP) issued a correction on four reports – published on April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29 – that falsely alleged that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies “agreed” that Russia hacked the Democratic emails in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.
The most recent report from June 29, written by White House Reporter Ken Thomas, stated that “All 17 US intelligence agencies have agreed Russia was behind last year’s hack of Democratic email systems and tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Trump.”
The media outlet retracted its false claims in a release Friday titled, “Clarification: Trump-Russia Stories,” which stated:
“The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies.”
“Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment,” the AP’s release concludes.
The “17 agencies” narrative first surfaced by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during her final debate with Trump during the presidential campaign.
Clinton is believed to have made that claim based on a joint statement issued last October by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the governing body of all 17 agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security.
“The US Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations,” the DNI statement read.
AP’s retraction marks the media outlet’s second case of misreporting involving the Trump administration. The first correction occurred after a June 27 article claimed that Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris at a hotel in Houston before deciding to reverse a ban on a particular pesticide.
The agency was forced to submit a correction that stated, “A spokeswoman for the EPA says the meeting listed on the schedule was canceled, though Pruitt and Liveris did have a ‘brief introduction in passing.”
The most recent correction happened on the same day The New York Times issued a correction to a Maggie Haberman report, reports The Daily Caller.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 1, 2017
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