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Maddow: Someone ‘Is Shopping Carefully Forged Documents’ to Try to Discredit News Outlets

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow teased a huge story tonight…and it appears that she delivered on it right at the top of her program.

Pointing out that she has a website to send tips and documents, the MSNBC anchor revealed that she was sent a document that appeared to be so classified that it was almost impossible to validate due to its classification level.

“People who are in a position to recognize or authenticate this kind of document, people who have worked with things at this level of classification,” she noted. “They typically will refuse to look at a document like this if there’s any chance it is real, that it is real classified information that has been disclosed.”

Maddow then noted that she and her research team feel they feel they’ve uncovered an even bigger story than what is in the documents they were sent, which she described as having politically explosive implications.

“We believe now that the real story we have stumbled upon here is that somebody out there is shopping carefully forged documents to try to discredit news agencies reporting on the Russian attack on our election,” Maddow declared. “And specifically on the possibility that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians in mounting that attack.”

The host went on to detail how the documents she received appears to be a “cut and paste forgery” of the NSA documents given to The Intercept by Reality Winner. She noted that this was an “inside-out scoop” and that outlets need to be aware that there’s a very convincing document floating around implying someone in the Trump campaign directly colluded with Russia.

Recently, three journalists from CNN had to resign after a story they worked on involving the Russia probe had to be retracted by the outlet.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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