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Buzzfeed sued for publishing unsubstantiated Trump dossier

The logo of news website BuzzFeed is seen on a computer screen in Washington on March 25, 2014. Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Buzzfeed and its editor Ben Smith are being sued for publishing a controversial and unsubstantiated dossier which documented damaging intelligence on President Trump allegedly collected by the Russian government. Buzzfeed published the report after CNN broke the news that Trump had been notified by intelligence agencies that they suspected such information existed and could be used against him.

The lawsuit was filed not by Trump, but by XBT Holdings, a "Russian-tied tech firm" that was named in the dossier and that says they were falsely maligned by the spy who wrote the document, whom they're also suing. They charged that the dossier contained "libelous, unverified and untrue allegations" about their company and the owner, Aleksej Gubarev.

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