According to an exclusive report published Monday afternoon by Foreign Policy, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been subpoenaed for information relating to the infamous Trump dossier.
BuzzFeed, the media outlet who first published the salacious document containing unfounded allegations about President Trump, has been sued for libel by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian technology executive, over its decision to publish the document written by the former British spy Christopher Steele.
The dossier includes claims that Gubarev’s companies – XBT Holdings and Webzilla – were recruited by the Kremlin to hack into the DNC computer systems prior to the 2016 election – which Gubarev is strongly denying.
BuzzFeed has in turn subpoenaed the DNC for information relating to the hack, including “technical information and data obtained during the investigation” in an effort to defend itself against the lawsuit, Foreign Policy reported.
BuzzFeed is also requesting details about the type of malware used in the hack of the DNC system.
“One prong of our strategy is to prove that the dossier was being acted on and circulated by officials at the highest levels of government; but we would be remiss if we didn’t use every tool to determine the truth of what actually happened — and whether, as the dossier claims, Mr. Gubarev’s servers were behind the DNC hack,” Matt Mittenthal, a spokesperson for BuzzFeed News, told FP.
BuzzFeed reportedly published the dossier in full, without verifying its content. Now, being sued for libel, the outlet is scrambling to confirm whether it is factual.
“BuzzFeed’s subpoena doesn’t amount to much,” said Evan Fray-Witzer, a lawyer for Gubarev. “It seeks irrelevant information because it’s not asking the question that actually matters: Was Gubarev, XBT, or Webzilla responsible for the hack? The answer to that question is ‘No.’”
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