Published on August 1st, 2014 | by Cliff Kincaid0
Conservatives and Communist Sources
Conservative Publication “Daily Caller” Nominated for Scoundrel of the Month for Allegedly Using Cuban Communist Sources in Major Story on Anti-Castro Senator
The Daily Caller
In its zeal to dig up dirt on a Democratic senator, the conservative website may have become a tool of Cuba’s communist government. In late 2012, the Caller published allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez had solicited prostitutes in the Dominican Republic — allegations an anonymous tipster pedaled to CREW, but which we did not publicize, unable to verify the claims. Now Sen. Menendez wants the Justice Department to investigate evidence that Cuba’s government planted the false allegations against him in retaliation for his criticism of the Cuban regime. Had the Caller done its due diligence, it might have realized that Sen. Menendez’s ethical record contains plenty of fodder that it could have reported on without discrediting itself.
Tucker Carlson on the Alex Jones “Infowars” show
The Washington Post reports Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson as saying, “We make plenty of mistakes and we cop to them. If it’s shown that we were wrong, I’d say it right way. It’d save me a lot of time.”
The Post said:
According to a former U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of government intelligence, the CIA had obtained credible evidence, including Internet protocol addresses, linking Cuban agents to the prostitution claims and to efforts to plant the story in U.S. and Latin American media.
The alleged Cuba connection was laid out in an intelligence report provided last year to U.S. government officials and sent by secure cable to the FBI’s counterintelligence division, according to the former official and a second person with close ties to Menendez who had been briefed on the matter.
The intelligence information indicated that operatives from Cuba’s Directorate of Intelligence helped create a fake tipster using the name “Pete Williams,” according to the former official. The tipster told FBI agents and others he had information about Menendez participating in poolside sex parties with underage prostitutes while vacationing at the Dominican Republic home of Salomon Melgen, a wealthy eye doctor, donor and friend of the senator.