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Washington Post, New York Times, NBC retract reports Giuliani was warned by FBI that he was the target of a Russian disinformation operation
The stories came out after Giuliani’s office and residence was attacked by the FBI on Thursday. The searches were linked to a criminal investigation into the former mayor’s trade relations in Ukraine and resulted in the seizure of several communications devices.
“An earlier version of this article, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News had been warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation,” read the Post’s correction, which first reported the news. “This version also indicated that the FBI provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed.”

“This version has been corrected to remove claims that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings,” added the correction.

The Times, which said it confirmed the Post’s reports, also corrected its story.
“An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani had received a formal warning from the FBI about Russian disinformation,” the Times said in its correction published at the bottom of the article online. “Mr. Giuliani was not given such a defensive briefing.”

All original reports have been attributed to anonymous sources.

NBC News said in its correction that her story “was based on a source familiar with the matter, but a second source now says the briefing was only prepared for Giuliani and was not released to him, in part for fear of complicate the Giuliani criminal investigation. “

NBC said that “as a result” the “premise and title” of its story has been “changed to reflect the corrected information.”

The corrections are black eyes for newsrooms which have aggressively reported Giuliani’s contacts with Ukrainians in his attempts to unearth then-presidential candidate Joe Biden.


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