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Trump Repeats False Information From Russia (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Sputnik News, a website controlled by the Russian government, recently published a false quote, which Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used during a speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 10 (video below).

Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald notes that Sputnik News published an email via WikiLeaks with quotes from his article from Oct. 21, 2015. The email was from Sidney Blumenthal, an adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. This made it appear that it was a direct quote from Blumenthal, but was instead Eichenwald's article being quoted by Blumenthal.

Eichenwald wrote in his 2015 article:

One important point has been universally acknowledged by the nine previous reports about Benghazi: The attack was almost certainly preventable. Clinton was in charge of the State Department, and it failed to protect U.S. personnel at an American consulate in Libya. If the GOP wants to raise that as a talking point against her, it is legitimate.

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Sputnik News pulled the recent false version from its website, but Eichenwald notes that the article stated:

In an email titled "The Truth" from Hillary's top confidante Sidney Blumenthal, the adviser writing to undisclosed recipients said that "one important point that has been universally acknowledged by nine previous reports about Benghazi: The attack was almost certainly preventable" in what may turn out to be the big October surprise from the WikiLeaks released of emails hacked from the account of Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta.

"Clinton was in charge of the State Department, and it failed to protect U.S. personnel at an American consulate in Libya. If the GOP wants to raise that as a talking point against her, it is legitimate," said Blumenthal, putting to rest the Democratic Party talking point that the investigation into Clinton's management of the State Department at the time of the attack was nothing more than a partisan witch hunt.

Blumenthal never actually said those quoted words, which were written by Eichenwald in his 2015 article. ​

Trump read the misleading Russian version, which was on Sputnik News, during his speech on Oct. 10 to attack Clinton via Blumenthal, notes Politifact:

So, Blumenthal writes a quote -- this just came out a little while ago. I have to tell you this: "One important point has been universally acknowledged by the nine previous reports about Benghazi" -- this is Sidney Blumenthal, the only one she was talking to...

"The attack was almost certainly preventable" -- Benghazi. "Clinton was in charge of the State Department, and it failed to protect the United States personnel and an American consulate in Libya"-- he meant Benghazi. "If the GOP wants to raise that as a talking point against her, it is legitimate." In other words, he is now admitting that they could have done something about Benghazi. This just came out a little while ago.

(Note: Fake Blumenthal quote begins at 45:00 mark)

Sources:  Politifact, Newsweek (2) / Photo credit: Kremlin

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