WikiLeaks says it intends to sue CNN after a counter-terrorism analyst went on a smear campaign against Julian Assange calling him a ‘pedophile’ on air.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the whistle-blowing organization indicated it will bring legal action against CNN over the matter, tweeting: “We have issued instructions to sue CNN for defamation”.
We have issued instructions to sue CNN for defamation:https://t.co/YLfyQ9ROCy
Unless within 48h they air a one hour expose of the plot.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 4, 2017
The former CIA counter-terrorism analyst Phil Mudd was doing a segment on CNN about Assange’s recent interview with Fox News.
The piece, which was aired on TV, was then published by the program’s Twitter page on Wednesday afternoon. The social media page has more than 230,000 followers. It was also shared on the show’s Facebook page, which has over 486,000 followers.
— New Day (@NewDay) January 4, 2017
WikiLeaks’ legal threat also makes reference to a bizarre “plot” last year in which an online dating website leveled an unfounded accusation of pedophilia at Assange.
CNN airs ex-Deputy-Director of the CIA falsely calling Assange a 'pedophile' https://t.co/SurGxhiq9X
The plot: https://t.co/WeLULgMoC0
— WikiLeaks Task Force (@WLTaskForce) January 4, 2017