BuzzFeed News' decision to publish an "explosive" 35-page dossier alleging Russia's significant involvement in the U.S. election has led to significant backlash against the news organization.
Comprised of a series of memos, the dossier that BuzzFeed released Tuesday night contains intelligence-gathering by a former British intelligence agent. It includes allegations claims that Russian authorities were bugging various phone calls Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton took while traveling in Russia, and alleges that Trump partook in "perverted" sex acts in a Moscow hotel.
BuzzFeed prefaced the dossier with a number of caveats, namely that the content was unverified, and possibly unverifiable.
"BuzzFeed News reporters in the U.S. and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them," the online publication wrote.
The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit organization and educator that teaches ethical decision-making and new media skills, slammed BuzzFeed for its "irresponsible" move.
Invoking WikiLeaks, Poynter said "publishing an entirely unvetted document" is a departure for media organizations.
WikiLeaks published thousands of hacked emails from the Democractic National Committee along with Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, U.S. officials told the Washington Post.
Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials.