Trump ‘Dodgy Dossier’ Lands Buzzfeed’s Ben Brand in Court

MI6 Fabricated 'Dossier' contained unverified stories which Russian tech expert alleges are defamatory.

Last month Distract the Media presented evidence that the MI6 fabricated ‘Dodgy Dossier’ detailing Donald Trump’s supposed Russian links, exposed as fake on the Forbes website soon after its publication, appeared to have emanated from the same murky quarter as the so called ‘September Dossier’ that dragged Britain into the Bush Administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. Just four days before the publication of our article the Russian tech expert and CEO of the privately-owned global hosting, network solutions and web development provider XBT Holding, Aleksey Gubarev, had denounced the Buzzfeed story that had put the dossier into the media spotlight as ‘fake news’.

In an interview with the Russian news service RT Mr. Gubarev told the RT news team that he was ‘filing a lawsuit against Christopher Steele who created this report and his company in the United Kingdom.’ Steele, our readers will recall, is a former MI6 operative who has proven links to a number of key players in the British Security and Intelligence Establishment with connections to the so called ‘Pinay Circle‘, a covert Western power group directly linked to the 2003 regime change in Iraq. The dossier that Steele produced formed the basis for a Buzzfeed story alleging that XBT had been guilty of using a combination of botnets and porn traffic to ‘transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data’ and conduct other cyber attacks against the DNC as part of an alleged Russian campaign to hack the recent US elections.

Now it would appear that Mr. Gubarev has his sights firmly fixed on Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, following the filing of a law suit in Broward County Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, close to the US headquarters of XBT subsidiary Webzilla. According to a press release given to RT by representatives of XBT ‘The dossier included libelous, unverified and untrue allegations regarding XBT, Webzilla, and Gubarev. The lawsuits seek yet undetermined compensation for the damages suffered by XBT, Webzilla, and Gubarev as the result of the publication of the dossier.’ If the legal action is successful it could put an end to the news website that describes itself as ‘the leading independent digital media company delivering news and entertainment to hundreds of millions of people around the world.’

Although Donald Trump has thus far failed to take legal action himself, Mr. Gubarev’s decision to initiate court proceedings is understandable given the fact that what he and his company have effectively been accused of amounts to cyber crime of the most serious order. If he had actually been guilty of what he is alleged to have been involved with he could be looking at a very lengthy prison sentence, not to mention other criminal penalties as well. To be fair to Buzzfeed and its journalists however, it is fact that they had drawn their readers’ attention to a number of flaws in the dossier. It is also fact that their editorial team made it clear that the contents of the dossier were indeed unverified. In view of these facts it is fair to say that Mr. Gubarev’s legal team are more likely to achieve a successful outcome on the other side of the Atlantic in relation to their proposed court action against Christopher Steele and his company.

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Rupert Ferguson is a published author, journalist and radical film maker with specialist interests in local government, politics, environmental issues and Traditional English and Scottish Folk Music. His academic work has been endorsed by the likes of Sir Melvyn Bragg, the late Sir James Watt KBE and the former head of Humanities at Bingley College in Yorkshire, England; James Reed.

Having begun his career as a junior researcher at Thames Television in London, he has written for a wide range of publications including 'The Brighton Reporter', 'Durham Town and Country', 'The Brighton and Hove People' and 'The New Celtic Review'. As an exhibited film maker he has been a regular contributor and award nominee at the Portobello Film Festival in London; and has seen his work shown at the annual London Film Makers' Convention at the prestigious Round House Theatre.

As well as receiving enthusiastic reviews from BBC Radio 4 and others for his book on Sir Walter Scott, his pioneering work as an Underground Film Maker on the fledgeling Goa Trance Scene has set him in a field of his own amongst many of his contemporaries; both in the UK, where he presently resides, and elsewhere. Current projects presently in hand include a book centred on his 'Legendary London' series of documentary films, which have stimulated an enthusiastic response from the likes of Glenda Jackson and others; and a novel set in France and Edinburgh during the eighteenth century Scottish Enlightenment.

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