Russian tech exec sues Buzzfeed for defamation

Aleksej Gubarev is suing Buzzfeed and editor Ben Smith after they named him in the unverified Trump dossier that alleges his company helped hack the DNC. 

 

A Russian tech executive is suing Buzzfeed and editor Ben Smith after they named him in the unverified Trump dossier that alleges his company helped hack the DNC.

 

Aleksej Gubarev is the CEO of XBT which hosts websites and also owns Webzilla. He also named former spy Christopher Steele and his company Orbis Business Intelligence in London as defendants in the lawsuit.

 

The suit claims Gubarev was falsely accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee. It does not specifically say what damages Gubarev is seeking, but it says it has hurt him personally and professionally.

 

Gubarev also told CNN Money his wife is harassed online because of the documents and he fears for his three children’s safety. 

After Gubarev filed the defamation suit in Broward County, Florida, on Friday Buzzfeed redacted any mention of his name on the dossier on the website.

 

It says neither Smith or anyone from Buzzfeed reached out to Gubarev to verify if any of the information about him was true. 

A spokesperson for Buzzfeed told the station: ‘We have redacted Mr Gubarev’s name from the published dossier, and apologize for including it.’ 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4191460/Russian-tech-exec-sues-Buzzfeed-defamation.html#ixzz4XsgkXqjM

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.dailymail.co.uk

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