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GoldenGate: what’s wrong with unconfirmed compromising evidence on Trump

The report, allegedly collected by a former British intelligence officer, was the main topic of the day on the eve of the first press conference of Donald Trump since his election to the presidency of the United States. In the West, they discuss how much the GoldenGate report was truthful and whether the published publication BuzzFeed violated journalistic ethics, and in Russia they study the details of compromising materials.

Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr
Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr
Where did the report come from?

Precisely, this is not known. The report itself is not a forgery, numerous testimonies indicate that it did indeed travel between the special services and the US government. However, the data voiced in it is absolutely not confirmed.

On January 10, CNN reported on a secret intelligence report presented in early January to Barack Obama and Donald Trump. In a two-page summary of this report, it was said that the Russian secret services had a certain amount of dirt on Trump – personal and financial.

Part of the report was made up of official notes of a former agent of the British special services, whose sources in the past were trusted by American special services. According to The Guardian , the FBI report was submitted by Senator John McCain in December, and details of the document were known as early as the fall of 2016, writes The New York Times .

CNN got acquainted with the details of the 35-page report, but refused to publish it, including because it could not confirm the essence of the charges that it contained. However, the publication BuzzFeed published the entire report in the public domain.

What is stated in the report

The report is a collection of compromising material on Trump, including information on his sexual preferences. It is assumed that the Russian special services could use this compromising evidence to influence Trump, who often visited Russia, but never concluded any deals.

For example, the report mentions the visit of Trump in 2013 to the Moscow hotel Ritz Carlton, in which Barak and Michelle Obama stayed in the past. It is alleged that Trump specially rented the same number and invited prostitutes to go there so that they arranged a “golden shower” (golden showers – hence the “GoldenGate”) on the bed where the presidential couple was resting. The report talks about existing video recordings made on hidden in the room microphones and cameras, but they were not published.

According to the former intelligence officer, the head of Rosneft Igor Sechin was sure in the victory of Trump: he was allegedly going to sell the businessman a stake in the oil company in exchange for lifting sanctions against Russia. In general, Russia has supported Trump as a policy over the past five years, seeking to split the elite in the United States, the document says.

Although Trump did not agree to financial transactions in Russia, he accepted the help of the secret services in the fight against Clinton. In exchange, he promised that he would close his eyes to the invasion of Russia in Ukraine under the presidency and try to divert NATO’s attention from Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

The report says that the Russian political elite was banned from discussing privately or publicly Russian interference in the elections to the United States, and for the poor information of Vladimir Putin on this situation, the former head of the presidential administration, Sergei Ivanov, was dismissed. Mr Putin allegedly is angry with those officials who too actively bet on Trump (and the next after Ivanov could become Lavrov), while Dmitry Medvedev is furious over anti-Russian publications and hacking democrats.

The document also claims that the FSB has found a way to hack Telegram because of the popularity of the messenger among politicians and opposition activists, so now this method of communication is no longer safe.

Why criticize BuzzFeed

Because BuzzFeed has published absolutely unverified information, the spread of which can not be stopped now, but it is unlikely to be denied. BuzzFeed is known for its open antitramp position.

The publication itself in the publication acknowledges that the facts voiced in the report are not confirmed, and some of them can not be confirmed. However, BuzzFeed decided to publish the document so that “the Americans could form their own opinion about accusations against the elected president who circulated in the upper layers of the government.”

The editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, Ben Smith, in a letter to the staff stated that in the publication of such things the journalists of the publication see their role as reporters.

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Ben Smith




Here’s the note I sent to @buzzfeednews staff this evening

5:32 – 11 янв. 2017 г.

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David Corn




  1. I accurately characterized the memos-this is important stuff-but didn’t publish details. Even Donald Trump deserves journalistic fairness

5:33 – 11 янв. 2017 г.

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Head of the Washington Bureau of the publication Mother Jones: “I accurately described the notes themselves – this is important – but did not publish details. Even Donald Trump deserves journalistic honesty ”

Julia Ioffe




Okay, fellow journalists, raise your hand if you too were approached with this story. (I was.)

4:52 – 11 янв. 2017 г.


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“Okay, fellow journalist, raise your hand if you were offered this story. (Yes, for me)”

The Atlantic  that there are no clear rules for the publication of such “information bombs”, but even given the importance of the Trump figure, BuzzFeed’s actions raise a lot of questions. For example, the publication of unconfirmed allegations dishonestly forces the future president to refute them, and the journalist’s role is not to publish as much information as possible (WikiLeaks does), but to process it and determine the degree of its truthfulness.


Trump so far reacted to the publication in a single tweet.

Donald J. Trump





6:19 – 11 янв. 2017 г.

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“Fake news – the complete hunt for witches!”

Trump adviser Michael Cohen (according to compromising evidence, he traveled to Prague to discuss with the Kremlin lawyers the decision of the conflict over former adviser Trump – Paul Manafort, known for his ties with Yanukovych) two minutes after Trump also posted a tweet.

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Michael Cohen




I have never been to Prague in my life. #fakenews

6:21 – 11 янв. 2017 г.

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“I have never been to Prague before. # fake the news ”

Mistrust of the published BuzzFeed report was also expressed in WikiLeaks.





35 page PDF published by Buzzfeed on Trump is not an intelligence report. Style, facts & dates show no credibility. …

6:27 – 11 янв. 2017 г.

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“The 35-page PDF, published by Trump BuzzFeed, is not an intelligence report. Style, facts and dates do not deserve any trust ”

Telegram founder Pavel Durov told that he does not consider the published report to be reliable either.

I join the comments of Donald Trump
and WikiLeaks. If the report took place (which is unlikely – Buzzfeed is not a source of reliable information), the wording “His / her understanding was that the FSB … had cracked this communication software”, most likely implies the interception of the authorization SMS Kozlovsky and Alburov in April 2016 year .

But if the report were real, he would be lying in the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram

Dmitry Peskov called the report “absolute fiction”.

The Kremlin has no compromising evidence on Trump, information is not true and is nothing but absolute fiction.

Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation

Does the report have anonymus relation

Most likely not, but neither confirm nor disprove it, too, will not succeed.

“That is, they took what I told Rick Wilson, and served under the sauce of Russian spies. They still believe in it. Guys, they just ***** in despair – there are no more reliable scandals around Trump ”

“Let’s remember once again what happened. Anonymus from / pol / acks sent an anti-terror expert a fanfic about Trump, forcing people to write on the bed where Obama slept. He thought it was true and handed it over to the CIA. The CIA added this to the classified report on Russia’s influence on the elections. Obama and Trump both read this fanfic. The CIA concluded that the Russians were going to blackmail Trump’s fictional story. Just think about what we turned into ”

Wilson claims that he took the story not from anonymus with 4chan.

Rick Wilson




You’re wrong if you believe

1. What we had came from /pol.
2. That I was Buzzfeed’s source.

Try again, boys.

6:56 – 11 янв. 2017 г.


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Why did the report come out right now?

Timing of the publication is important: the report appeared in public access right before Trump’s first press conference, which will begin on January 11 at 19:00 Moscow time. January 20, just over a week later, Trump must join the US presidency.

In the preparation of the material, Alexander Fast participated.

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