A relatively new fake news website claimed in an article dated January 9th 2017 that Julian Assange of Wikileaks published an 'intelligence report' about ties between Hillary Clinton and Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán. The fake article stated:
Speaking at a conference over the weekend, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks stated the report was "yet another blow to the questionable integrity of the Clinton Foundation."
A report from intelligence officials found with "high confidence" that $320M Mexican Pesos (approximately $15M USD) was transferred from Guzman's offshore shell assets in Saudi Arabia and Ukraine to Hillary Clinton's private account in the Cayman Islands. This was then redirected to the Clinton Foundation.
Leadstories' Trendolizer engine detected that this article was gaining traction online so we decided to investigate. There are several clues that this article is bogus:
- The website hosting it (times.com.mx) has only been registered a few weeks ago and appears to be pretending to be a Mexican edition of The Times. There is no such newspaper in Mexico.
- The author of the article ("John T. Robertson") appears to have written only one article on the site and there is no biographical information listed about him.
- There is no information about this story on the Wikileaks.org site or on their twitter account.
- No other reputable news sources are reporting the story.
Despite all this there were enough people willing to share the article online without any verification, as this Trendolizer graph shows: