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Newsweek Seems to Fire Disgraced Writer Eichenwald After Humiliating Settlement

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Newsweek’s Serial Liar Kurt Eichenwald Goes Mental After Being Exposed Lying About Trump - Sputnik International
The mainstream media darling everyone loves to hate, Kurt Eichenwald appears to have been ousted from Newsweek’s editorial staff after the publication settled with a former Sputnik writer over Eichenwald’s libel.

The publication pulled two fake-news articles fueling charges of collusion between Sputnik, WikiLeaks, and US President Donald Trump following a libel suit in which Newsweek settled. Eichenwald reacted by conjuring a new villain: WikiLeaks’ own Julian Assange. 

As of Friday, Eichenwald’s Twitter account bio no longer displayed an affiliation with Newsweek — a fact that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange highlighted to his 276,000 followers in a tweet on Sunday. 

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Eichenwald Twitter Bio

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Eichenwald's Updated Twitter Bio - Sputnik International
Eichenwald's Updated Twitter Bio

Eichenwald launched his tirade Sunday, after Assange shared Paste Magazine’s report on Newsweek’s legal settlement with former Sputnik journalist Bill Moran, with a novel idea for how he might spend his lazy Sunday. “Hey Julian Assange: How about I spend the day linking reports about how your best buddies are attacking democracy,” he taunted. 

​“Last one,” Eichenwald claimed — before banging out another unhinged barrage of accusations and insults directed at Assange — “in honor of Julian Assange, I’m gonna eat at a restaurant. He can’t do that. Cause if he leaves the embassy, he’ll be arrested 4 rape.” 

​From there, he churned out enough material for a plausible defamation suit against the WikiLeaks publisher: "Hey @JulianAssange: here’s where I am. This is freedom. Too bad u, a coward rapist, will never experience it again." 

“I want to be clear: If Julian sicks WikiLeaks on me, you now know what he is.” 

Sputnik News has no knowledge as to whether Assange intends to pursue legal recourse against Eichenwald.

“Many CIA-linked ‘journalists’ believe that they can libel me and others with impunity,” Assange replied via Twitter on Monday. “Wrong,” he said, “WikiLeaks has resources and reach.”

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The drama all started in October, when Moran approached Eichenwald to retract the latter’s reporting after Moran, in reading a release of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails by WikiLeaks, mistakenly attributed an article by Eichenwald to Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and wrote a piece based on this erroneous attribution. Moran realized his mistake and deleted the article, but its brief online life was enough for Eichenwald to come up with a wild conspiracy theory connecting Sputnik, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, as Trump gave a speech at a rally the same day, quoting the same tweet that had confused Moran and led to the story mistake. 

Rather than admitting his own mistake, Eichenwald offered to help Moran get a job at The New Republic in exchange for his silence. “If you go public, you’ll regret it,” Eichenwald threatened. 

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But the mainstream media had already found its darling: a talking head to hype up the profitable controversy of "Russian hacking" the 2016 US elections. CNN, NPR and others happily granted him a platform, without reaching out to Sputnik for a comment. MSNBC even hired Eichenwald as a contributor; he had managed to bundle Sputnik, WikiLeaks, Putin, and Trump into one big package, and the major networks embraced him with open arms.

Newsweek has not responded to a request for a formal statement about Eichenwald’s ties to the online publication. The terms of the settlement it reached with Moran remain confidential.

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