A former ABC employee accused of leaking the viral video of anchor Amy Robach attacking the network’s executives has been fired from her current position at CBS News.
Project Veritas published the video in which ABC News anchor Robach complained that the network killed a story that would have exposed the now-dead sex offender Jeffrey Epstein three years ago, Fox News reports. Reporter Yashar Ali cited “two sources with knowledge of the situation” who claimed ABC News “believe they know the identity” of a former employee with access to the viral footage.
“Two sources with knowledge of the situation tell me that ABC News executives know who the former employee is but don’t know if that person leaked the footage to Project Veritas, the right-wing activist group, or if they shared it with others who leaked the footage,” Ali wrote. “What ABC News executives do know is that the former employee is now working at CBS News.”
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The report sparked widespread outrage that ABC was attempting to get the leaker fired from CBS. After Ali’s initial story, he followed up with a report that CBS terminated the employee in question. “A TV source said the woman was let go on Wednesday, after ABC execs alerted CBS,” reporter Sara Nathan wrote.
Project Veritas founder, James O’Keefe, published the footage that included Robach saying ABC refused to air an interview she conducted with one of Epstein’s victims.
Despite criticism, ABC News minimized the significance of the video, saying that Robach’s Epstein story wasn’t fit to air. “At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story. Ever since, we’ve had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it,” an ABC News spokesperson told Fox News. “That work has led to a two-hour documentary and six-part podcast that will air in the new year.”
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