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Sean Hannity apologizes after sharing 'inaccurate article' calling McCain a 'war criminal

Fox News host Sean Hannity is seen in the White House briefing room. (Getty Images/Nicholas Kamm)

Fox News commentator Sean Hannity apologized Thursday for sharing on Twitter an "inaccurate article" that called Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) a "war criminal."

The original tweet, which has since been deleted, linked to an article from the right-wing conspiracy website Gateway Pundit that alleged "globalist war criminal John McCain requested campaign donations from the Russians."

"Wow if true," Hannity tweeted Wednesday night.

According to Mediaite:

The document the story is based on is old however, released by WikiLeaks back in 2008. The Russian embassy told the BBC at the time that there wasn’t a nefarious request from McCain, they just received a standard McCain fundraising appeal in the mail. "It sounds like they’re having a little fun at our expense," said McCain’s spokesman Brian Rogers. "It’s just an error."

"It’s evident that [the letter] was a mistake," his Russian counterpart agreed. "It happens."

In a statement Thursday, McCain's spokeswoman Julie Varallo called on Hannity to "correct the record" following the tweet.

"It is unfortunate that Sean Hannity would attack Senator John McCain over a fake news story," Varallo said. "It’s wrong and he should correct the record."

Hannity tweeted an apology Thursday afternoon.

McCain is a decorated Vietnam War veteran who was a prisoner of war for more than five years.

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