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Breaking: Judge issues major decision over Buzzfeed publishing infamous 'Trump dossier'

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A judge issued Wednesday a major judgement over the lawsuit against Buzzfeed News for their journalistically questionable decision to publish the now infamous 'Trump dossier.'

Buzzfeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith celebrated the decision in a statement released on social media.

"When we published the Steele Dossier in 2017," Smith wrote, "we were met with outrage from many corners — a major news anchor and President Trump both deemed it 'fake news'; and several Russian businessmen, plus Michael Cohen, sued for defamation."

"Today, almost two years later, a federal judge has vindicated our decision," he explained. "As Judge Ungaro affirmed in her ruling, a key principle underlying the First Amendment is that the public has a right to know about actions taken by its government."

"As we have said from the start," he continued, "a document that had been circulating at the highest levels of government, under active investigation by the FBI, and briefed to two successive presidents, is clearly the subject of 'official action.'"

"Moreover, its publication has contributed to the the the [sic] American people's understanding of what is happening in their country and their government," he concluded. "We are thrilled by today's outcome, and thank Judge Ungaro for taking the time to consider this case on the merits."

Buzzfeed was roundly criticized when it published the document which they admit they could not verify, but had extremely salacious details about alleged acts by the president in Russia.

The lawsuit was filed in February 2017 by a company cited in the dossier, XBT Holdings, which claimed that the document made "libelous, unverified and untrue allegations" about the company and the owner of the company.

We were shocked to see our good name wrongly included and published in this unsubstantiated report. We are confident that the courts will review the evidence of our non-involvement and provide fair and reasonable compensation from the perpetrators of this outrageous allegation.

The judgement will not likely be greeted by the president's allies, who have accused the media of using the unverified dossier to ridicule and libel Trump.

"Vindication for our decision, and for reporters' right to tell you what's happening in your government," added Smith on social media.

Here's a video of Ben Smith getting grilled over the publishing of the dossier:

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