CNN has issued an apology and retraction after one of its analysts baselessly accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of being a pedophile.
The comment came last week when ex-CIA Deputy Director Phil Mudd said on CNN that "there's an effort to protect WikiLeaks (and) a pedophile who lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London" a clear reference to Assange, who has been living in the embassy for more than 4 years.
Hours after the segment aired on CNN, WikiLeaks threatened to sue the cable news network for defamation:
We have issued instructions to sue CNN for defamation:https://t.co/YLfyQ9ROCy— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 4, 2017
Unless within 48h they air a one hour expose of the plot.
It didn't take long for CNN to back down. Shortly after the threat was made, CNN issued a full retraction, declaring that they "have no evidence to support" their assertion and that they "regret the error":
We've deleted a tweet that included a video clip from New Day earlier this morning. Here's our statement: pic.twitter.com/qJqTtzy69T— New Day (@NewDay) January 4, 2017