Washington Post Article Published With ‘Reckless Disregard of the Truth:’ Judge

The Washington Post published an article last year with a “reckless disregard of the truth,” a federal judge said this week. The article primarily dealt with the selection of Michael Ellis to be general counsel of the National Security Agency, but included portions about Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Ellis is a former chief of staff for Nunes. The article, penned by Ellen Nakashima of the Post, stated that Nunes in March 2019 “was given access at the White House to intelligence files that Nunes believed would buttress Trump’s baseless claims of the Obama administration spying on Trump Tower.” Nunes sued the paper, alleging Nakashima and the Post defamed him, and didn’t properly update the defamatory statements in a correction. Nunes said he never believed that the Obama administration spied on Trump Tower, which is in New York. “Nakashima made up facts out of whole cloth, including that Plaintiff ‘believed’ that ‘intelligence files’ …

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